Today, Americans showed up in force again at Upper Senate Park for the Code Red Senate Rally. Similar to Michele Bachmann’s House Call last month, today was a day for constituents to show up and speak to their Senators on their own turf. I just left the rally, and as I write this, Laura Ingraham is probably on stage riling people up. This will go strong for the rest of the day as people line up and wait to talk to their Senators.
The tone from Hill staffers and Capitol Police was less friendly than it has been. I’m getting the impression that they’re sick of seeing us. Well, guess what guys, we’re sick of having to go down there. I’d rather not babysit Congress every day, trust me. If they had their junk together we wouldn’t have to do this every few weeks. The Senators seem a little more freaked out than the House members did about having constituents in their offices. One highlight was Senator Lieberman’s office threatening to arrest Tea Party Patriots National Coordinator Mark Meckler. Check this out:
All across the country, Senators refuse our calls, ignore our emails, throw away our letters and refuse to meet with us.. Today — in the Senate office building — Senate staff literally threatened to arrest three members of the Tea Party Patriots, including two National Coordinators. When one of the most “moderate” Senators threatens to have well groomed, quiet, cooperative tea partiers arrested simply for sitting in the office waiting to meet with a Senator, it is clear that representative democracy is on its death bed in this country.
I’m beginning to recognize so many faces from these events, people who come out every single time they can manage it. Those who have to take off work and come week after week don’t do it for fun. However, there is also a sense of commitment – we are fighting this battle to win. No one is going anywhere until we’ve defeated the socialization of the American health care industry. Period. This is not a battle we can afford to lose. I’m glad to have so many incredible people showing up.
Here are some photos from today:
Crowd shot at the Code Red rally.
Passing a flag over the crowd.
Tea Party Movie star William Temple and generally incredible American, William Temple.
Me, Michele Bachmann and Dick Armey.
FreedomWorks President Matt Kibbe and Dick Armey.
Keep it up, everyone. As one of my dear friends reminds me on weekends where I go home and hibernate on her couch, “Don’t grow weary of doing good.” Today was one more nail in the coffin for the Senate Health Care bill.