This Weekend’s Events From An Eyewitness Viewpoint

Posted on March 22, 2010. Filed under: General Info | Tags: , , |

 

My daughter-in-law, Laura Stevenson Paquette, was present on the hill all weekend. We are so very proud of her for participating, as we are proud of all of our fellow citizens that felt compelled to make yet one more trip to DC to demonstrate our contempt for the process and the content of this government takeover of  heathcare. She was interviewed by her local television station- film here.  She had a front row position for the supposed “name calling incident” and states her observations below:

The Code Red Rally From My Perspective

 by Laura Stevenson Paquette

Every time I attend a tea party protest, I can’t help but feel a glimmer of hope that maybe this will be the time the media accurately reports what is going on.  I attended the 9/12 protest in Washington, D.C., a state sovereignty rally in my home state of Virginia, and most recently, the Saturday and Sunday Code Red rallies against the health care bill.  Sadly, the mainstream media has yet to get anything right.

I am not an uneducated redneck (I have a bachelors degree and a masters degree), I am not a racist, I am not uninformed or stupid.  The other protesters don’t fit these descriptions either.  We are citizens who are horrified to watch the destruction of the United State of America and the Constitution.  The following is my account of what really happened on Saturday, March 20 and Sunday, March 21.

Once I heard that protesters would be back in D.C. on Saturday to denounce the health care bill, I felt compelled to go.  As a young wife and middle school teacher, I didn’t think I could live with myself if I didn’t do everything I could for the future of my students and for the children that my husband and I hope to have.  Early Saturday morning, I left my home near Virginia Beach, picked up my friend Jill in Williamsburg, and made the three hour drive to D.C.  We weren’t sure if many people would be there or not; after-all, the Saturday rally was put together at the last minute, and many people had a lot further to drive than we did.

As we emerged from the Capital South metro station and started walking toward the west lawn of the Capital building, our hearts began to swell.  Everywhere we looked, protesters were walking toward the Capital.  They carried American Flags, yellow “Don’t Tread on Me” flags, wore pro tea party and pro Constitution t-shirts, and carried homemade signs.  I did not see any Confederate flags.  We arrived on the lawn at approximately 12:30pm, and it was packed with tens of thousands of people.  We listened to some of the tea party organizers and supporters speak, and then we were informed that President Obama would be arriving on the east side of the Capital at 3:00pm.  Hundreds of us moved to stand on either side of the street that leads to the east side.  We also stood on either side of the sidewalk and steps that leads from the Capital to the Cannon House Office Building.  Jill and I positioned ourselves on the sidewalk, right next to the stairs leading into the building.  On the stairs, a group of gentlemen held up an American flag. 

As members of Congress walked from the Capital to the Cannon HOB, we chanted slogans such as “Kill the bill,” or “Vote no!”  As members of the Congressional Black Caucus walked past us, we all booed.  After they entered the Cannon HOB, one of them came back out with a police officer, saying someone had called him the “n-word”.  Contrary to what has been reported in the mainstream news media, at no point did I hear any racial slurs or see anyone spitting.  If these events had really happened, why weren’t they captured by the cameras that were present?  I am deeply disturbed that false allegations are being made against us.  Clearly the left is trying to discredit us by making us look like racists and bigots.

I would also like to provide an account of the supposed counter-protesters.  People in support of the health care bill began arriving on Sunday between 12:00 and 1:00pm.  They were bused in by the SEIU, carried matching blue signs provided to them, and angrily tried to march through our tea party protest.  Whenever one of them came marching in, we blew our whistles to drown out their cries of, “Health care now!” and we held our homemade signs and flags up in front of their pre-manufactured ones.  We were not rude to them. 

Throughout the two days I spent at the Capital, I was nothing but impressed by my fellow tea party members and protesters.  All races and ages were represented.  Many, many families were there.  The signs people carried were about a love for democracy and the Constitution, and a hatred of socialism and big government.  I did not see or hear anything racist.  We left no trash on the ground.  We thanked the police, who were very cordial and polite, for keeping us safe and helping to direct us around the city.  Our cries were not cries of hatred, but cries for freedom and liberty!  We prayed; we sang patriotic songs.  We said The Lord’s Prayer and The Pledge of Allegiance.  We were, and are, ordinary people who have answered the call to save Our Country.

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My Experience At The Code Red Rally -by Melinda Brown

Posted on March 22, 2010. Filed under: General Info | Tags: |

The following was kindly provided us by Melinda Brown from Ohio. I certainly appreciate her sharing her experience at the Code Red Rally last week and find her story enlightening. I think it vastly points out what is wrong with our politicians and why they must get a one way ticket home come November.

Melinda’s Story

I’d like to think of myself as a small town girl. I live in the same town I grew up in. At the age of 48 I will be graduating from College this spring with my RN.  Going back to school has been quite a challenge. When I started school all of my six children were living at home.  Part way through my education, my then 16 year old daughter was in a near fatal auto accident, which left her paralyzed from the chest down. Her condition is one of the reasons I have gotten so involved in politics. Due to the fact government insurance (Medicaid) covers so little and it is hard to find a provider, we have always maintained private insurance for her. The other reason I am involved is my unhappiness with where our country is heading: The out of control spending, Entitlement programs, new taxes well let’s just say I could go on forever.

I’ve been active with the Tea Party Movement and Miami Co. Liberty Group. When I received an e-mail that a group was going to Washington DC, I had to go. This was called a “Code-Red Health Care Protest”. The group was headed up by a local doctor along with small business owners, nurses, retired military and other professionals. The itinerary was to meet Mon. 3/15 at 9 PM and then take the bus to Union Terminal. We would spend the day in Washington and then board the bus for the trip back. I knew this would be a tiring trip but at the same time felt strongly I needed to go.

After arriving in DC at 6 AM, we ate breakfast in Union Station and met up with other groups from Ohio. We walked as a group to the Cannon Building where we were going to listen to several Republican Congressional speakers. I’ve never been to Washington before so I wasn’t sure what to expect. There were several police officers walking with Dogs. I’m guessing they were checking for explosives. I also noticed there were police on foot, several cruisers and some on those new scooters. We walked past different groups of school- age children. I was surprised when several of the kids from one group yelled at us “We need Health Care Now”. These kids were maybe 10 years old. I’m sure someone planted that into their heads.

It was cloudy and a bit chilly. My hand warmers weren’t keeping me warm enough as we waited for the rally to start. I had never noticed media at any of the Tea parties or protests I’ve been to before, this time there were camera’s everywhere. They were lined up in a semi-circle around the podium. While we were waiting I had a reporter approach me and ask if he could interview me. I’m not even sure what station he was with. He asked me to say my name, where I was from, and why I was here. I told him about my daughter’s medical condition and how bad government insurance is. I even went into detail on how the government only gives her 4 catheters monthly. She is to wash them out and reuse them. Private insurance will give her 240monthly, this gives her a sterile one for each time she urinates.  If we aren’t suppose to reuse a straw, why would we reuse a catheter?

To be honest, during the speeches I just wanted them to hurry up so we could get over to the Congressional buildings. I wanted to visit several of the offices. I also felt like I had heard their speeches before. They didn’t need to convince me this Health Care Bill is a bad idea. Once it ended we had to discard our signs and put our flags away before we were allowed into the buildings. I was lucky, I was with people who had been to DC before. We went to a side door so we didn’t have to wait in line to go through the metal detectors. I had to be scanned because I forgot I had a belt buckle on. One of the officers tried to take my flag away. I told her I wasn’t going display it and that I had already thrown my flag pole away. She tried several times to take it, and I refused to give it to her. I was politely firm. She let me keep it.

We had 30 minutes for lunch and went to the Congressional Cafeteria. By the time we went through the line we only had 10 minutes to eat. The food was not impressive and rather pricey.  We had a meeting scheduled with Deputy Chief of Staff for Marcy Kaptur.  We went as a group to Marcy Kaptur’s office. Her Chief of Staff decided it would be best if we met outside due to the size of our group. One of the men in our group “retired Vet” pulled out his camcorder. He was told by one of the aids to put it away. He is the kind of man who doesn’t like to be told what to do. He asked several times why but finally put it away. This meeting did not go well, he put his wall up and was on defense. When our leader wasn’t getting anywhere with him, he decided to move on. They left and I went up and shook his hand, thanking him for his time. I also told him why I was so concerned about this Health Care Bill. Surprisingly enough, he actually took the time to listen to me. He told me he understood my concerns because he has a brother with Cerebral Palsy. He gave me his card and told me to contact his office. It was then that I noticed my group had deserted me.

I was armed with my folder, which gave me a list of those congressmen who were leaning yes or on the fence. I headed for the Cannon Building. I asked if I had to go outside to get from the Longworth Building to the Cannon building and was told it was the only way to get there. I later learned that wasn’t true. There are tunnels that connect all the buildings, but the sun had come out and the walk was nice. I visited the offices for the ones from Ohio. The office staff were not friendly. I asked in each to speak to the member of congress. I knew they would be held hostage someplace so I asked to speak with an executive officer. What a surprise! None were available. I was told I could write a message. And that I did. I left my name, address, phone number and filled the rest of the page as to why I was opposed to the Health Care Bill. I followed my list and visited each one in the Cannon Building before moving on.

I wasn’t the only one in the hallways; there was a group singing the “Star Spangled Banner” in front of one of the offices. Security had come and asked them to clear the hall. Others had come to do the same thing I was doing. I stopped one of the aids in the hallway. He was young and looked friendly.  Hoping to get some helpful advice, I asked him for some hints on how I could be more productive. He suggested I hang out in the walkway that’s  in the basement or the congressional cafeteria. He said the Congressmen have to go through the hall, “Just stop them and tell them what you have to say”. The area, I believe in the Cannon building, where most of the interview are filmed was another place I stopped to chat. One of the camera men was sitting in a chair reading a book. He told me that they are at the Congressmen’s beckoned call. They get a schedule and have to be ready for them. He told me it didn’t matter if they are Republican or Democrat, they are arrogant. It’s like they think they are in an upper class from us. I can tell that by the way they dress, designer everything, and even their mannerism. I keep thinking “They Work for US”.

Not getting any sleep was starting to take it’s toll. I found the cafeteria and got a bottle of water. I began scanning the crowd, thinking it would be nice to have a photo directory. I did see Zach Space, but he escaped before I could get to him. I knew he was leaning yes. The group I was with met there 15 minutes after I got there. I didn’t know they were coming there, but I was glad to see them. They told me we had to head for John Boehner’s office, he was going to have a private meeting with us.

As we arrive at Boehner’s office, his aids told us we had to leave all of our stuff in his office. Boehner would meet with us over at the White House and we were only to bring ID. This screening process took longer then the screening into the Congressional buildings. We were all given ID badges and led through the tunnels. There was a display of the best high school artwork in the country. Some of these artists have a lot of talent. Security was everywhere.

Before we entered a small hallway, we were told to be quiet because a live news conference was going on. Wouldn’t you know it was Pelosi giving her update on the Health Care Bill. I really wanted to shout something, but I figured I would end up calling someone for bail money. We were led to a large conference room with an oval table. We were getting ready to sit down when a photographer said she wanted to get a picture of our group. Just as she had us posed, Boehner stepped in and said “Hey, let me get in on this”. We sat down and talked with Boehner for about 45 minutes. I appreciated that he took the time to talk with us. Unfortunately, he could not tell us anything positive. He said we need to make changes in November. He also said the size of the government needs to shrink.

We visited a few more offices after our meeting but with the same results. We were all getting tired. Our leader asked if we wanted to go to Sherrod Brown’s office. My thinking was, “this is a waste of time”. This building was newer than the Congressional buildings. There was also a large work of “Art”, if that’s what you want to call it in the middle of the building. It was called “Clouds and a rainbow”. What a waste of money! Others must have had the same thought I did concerning the visit to Sherrod’s office. We decided to have some fun. With a straight face one of the men in our group walked in and said “I just heard on MSNBC that Sherrod is switching to the Republican party”. The look on their faces was priceless. We recorded it on a camera phone and will try to post it on U-Tube.

I’m glad I took the trip. More of us need to take a stand for what is right. I feel like our country is going down. Our kids are going to be stuck with all this debt, and we are losing the best health care in the world. We are suppose to be the land of the free. We are losing our freedom fast! I am not going to give up my fight. I spread the word and educate people every chance I get. In my conversations with people I know, there are more people not happy with the spending, expansion of government and healthcare bill.

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Rally Photos from A Patriot

Posted on March 20, 2010. Filed under: General Info, Soapbox | Tags: , , |

A fellow Patriot who is a reader of this column was thoughtful enough to send some photos from the Code Red Rally today in Washington. As I hear is typical, the Metro was running slowly, helped in part by the number of Patriots attending today. Michele Bachmann has said her estimate is 50,000 Patriots.  The speeches were wonderful and the enthusiasum of the crowd uplifting, delivering the hope our President failed to deliver to citizens of this country. 

ALTHOUGH THE OBJECT OF THE RALLY WAS TO MEET WITH CONGRESSMEN AND WOMEN, THE RAYBURN BUILDING WAS OCCUPIED BUT LOCKED.

If you can believe it, the occupants of the Rayburn building had the unmittigated gall to lock the doors, leaving all the citizens that traveled from many states throughout the country to meet with thier representatives standing out in the sun. That, my friends, capsulizes the issues with our governement. Although they are supposed to represent us, they don’t care what we have to say, what we think, or what we feel.

While the Obama administration has said our government is not allowed to torture terrorists, they have no problem torturing taxpaying citizens.

I must admit, I could not bring myself to listen to Obama’s little “Pep Rally” today, I had to hit the mute button. I figure, though, it’s fair play, as he has had us on mute every since he took office.

Thank you to Tom Bodine for the photos.

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