Code Red Kill The Bill Rally Against Health Care Bill Live Blog
by TexasGOPVote on March 20, 2010 at 11:17 AM
Live blog from Saturday, March 20, is below:
The Code Red Kill the Bill rally is taking place Saturday, March 20th in Washington, D.C. on the steps of our nation's capitol at 12:00 pm. Rep. Steve King and actor Jon Voight are asking all freedom-loving citizens to come protest the health care reform will, which is expected to be voted on this Sunday.
TexasGOPVote is attending the rally and will keep you in the know with live updates and pictures from the event:
10:51(EST): It's a nice day in DC, Spring is here.
11:00(EST): People are starting to gather around the capitol.
11:30 (EST): Former nurse from Oakland, CA and Tea Party organizer from Richmond, CA speak out against government take-over of health care. As an African American, the Tea Party organizer has been working on training for and organizing the next abolitionist movement.
11:38 (EST): Brendan Steinhouser, 9/12 organizer, announces that on the house floor this moment they are working on passing deem and pass. Brendan is asking everyone to call the White House and House at the numbers below to express disatisfaction and outrage about this. 202-224-3121 - White House 202-225-6131- House
11:45 (EST): A "Kill the Bill" chant erupts amongst the crowd:
12:00 (EST): The National Anthem is sung as the rally officially begins:
12:10 (EST): Michele Bachmann, Ted Poe, Mike Pence, and a 9/11 Firefighter have all taken stage.
12:13 (EST): Michele Bachmann is speaking about government takeover of US businesses, industry, banks, finance, and Mark Levin's book, Liberty and Tyranny.
12:17 (EST): Rep. Ted Poe takes the podium and tells the crowd that the health care bill is unconstitutional. Ted Poe is formerly a judge. He is outraged by the bill nd says we won't give up. He then needs to leave to go for a House vote. Speaker also says to call Chet Edwards at 202-225-6105 and tell him that Waco and the rest of Texas is watching. "He is Pelosi's puppet!"
12:19 (EST): A 9/11 Firefighter takes the stage and says that for the first time in his life, he is afraid about what's going on in the country and in the capitol behind him. He says he has personal experience with health care, and that this bill is not about health care.
12:26 (EST): Rep. King takes the podium and says that Obama is coming to capitol hill and should see this crowd. However, it is not about the president, it is about the American people. "You, the American people, have grounded Air Force One! Pelosi thinks the Constitution is irrelevant , but in November, she will be irrevelant!"
12:29 (EST): Joe Wilson and President of Americans For Prosperity take the stage and says, "We are winning the American people. There is a group of over 800 people from San Diego alone!"
12:37 (EST): A Latina woman from Brazil who became an American Citizen, came for opportunity in America, and now sees things happening in America that happened in Latin America: politicians preaching hope and change for the people, but really only doing it to further their own agendas.
12:41 (EST): Rep. Gohmert takes the stage and says that there are over 17,000 new jobs in the bill for the IRS!!
12:43 (EST): Congressman from Tennessee says, "If this bill passes, we will repeal it, and if they can't repeal it, then we'll meet them at the state line with our governors."
12:45 (EST): Rep. Scalese says" If this deal is so good, then why are doing backroom deals and ferrying congressmen on Air Force One like a Ferris Wheel at Disneyland?"
12:49 (EST): Diane Young, an African American educator from Maryland says she feels betrayed by Obama, and that he rode into office on pernicious lies.
12:57 (EST): Marsha Blackburn takes stage: "Let's kill the bill and start over with real health care reform. This is about freedom. We the people are standing strong, and you all are leading the way. Some people say Republicans are the part of "no," but we are the party of "know," and the more we know the more we don't like it.
1:02 (EST): Rep. Kingston of Georgia says, "If this bill is so good, why have so many deals been made with the President's own party?"
1:05 (EST): Andrew Langer, President of Inst. for Liberty takes the stage and says he wants everyone to be whistle blowers- he handed out a few thousand but ran out since the crowd is much bigger than that.
1:07 (EST): The president of Doctors and Patients has doctors behind her wearing real coats, not coats from the White House costume department. One of the speakers says that CBS news says the crowd is 2,000, but looks much bigger than that. That's quite a crowd for something planned just 3 days ago!
1:15 (EST): Jon Voight just took stage (introduced by Bachmann) and says, "Obama has a compulsion, he will turn this country into a socialist country- it's a runaway train he can't stop- Obama will be a one term president, but the damage he will cause will harm this country for years. We have to stop it!" Voight goes on to discuss the interview Obama had with Brett Baird on Fox showed how he would not dare answer any questions. Obama gestures showed that he was trying to say, "Don't you dare speak when the President speaks!"
1:24 (EST): Rep. Gingrey of Georgia takes the podium. Gingrey is also a doctor. He says, "The Stimulus bill was supposed to be for shovel ready projects, and we saw what happened to that! Now with the health care bill, if 75-year-olds need medicine or attention, a health care czar will say that they are shovel-ready!
1:27 (EST): Dr. Milton Hill, Obama's second cousin, takes the podium. "The bill is brought to you by the same people who chose health and well being of smelt fish over humans! Stop this bill and on Monday, your doctor will concentrate on your health, not studying government tables!"
1:30 (EST): Michele Bachmann comes back and says she estimates that there are over 50,000 people now gathered in D.C. for the Code Red Kill the Bill rally!
1:35 (EST): Rep. Aiken from Missouri takes stage, and then the National director of Resistnet takes podium and says, "I spend everyday reading the blogs and what you write!"
1:40 (EST): Rep. Rogers takes the stage and says, "When asked what type of government we have, Ben Franklin said that we have a Constitutional Republic, if we can keep it! Back there in the capitol, they are lying, cheating, and stealing to get to your health care. Only here could they be cheating the 85% who do have health care to give to the 15% that do not have health care.
1:42 (EST) The Resistnet president speaks again, "I may be blonde, but I studied economics. I'm tired of being lied to! We are all being treated like we're a bunch of 'dumb blondes!' Stand here and declare that this bill be killed!"
1:44 (EST): Rep. King of Iowa takes the podium- "We're going to keep this hill." He tells a story of "Toxic Stew."
1:46 (EST): Brendan Steinhauser of Freedom Works takes a picture of the crowd, and thinks the lwan is holding 40,000 people. He says he just heard from Rep. Cardoza and will NOT be supporting the deem and pass. He is listening to the people, who are making a difference.
1:53 (EST): Tito Munoz, president of the Hispanic Coalition says, "First and foremost, I am an American. I did not come to America for dependency - I came here form liberty! We're going to stay here at the capitol, and will come back 10, 100, a million times!"
1:57 (EST): Tea Party leaders take the stage and say, "We're tired of this elitism and backroom deals!"
2:01 (EST): A speaker from Americans for Life says she just got a count from the whip- Pelosi doesn't have the votes!!
2:02 (EST): The Tea Party Patriots give a shout out all across America to those that couldn't make it today!
2:05 (EST): The rally is starting to break up. People are going to the House of Representatives to let their congressman know how they feel!
2:38 (EST) A Large crowd is gathering in front of the Rayburn Building (House of Representatives' offices).
6:36 (EST): Several members of Congress, including Rep. Ted Poe, are on the capitol steps addressing the crowd- all have vowed to vote "no."
Actor Jon Voight!
Texas doctors say "NO" to government-run health care!
Don't tread on Texas!
Funny protest sign!
People are barred from entering Rayburn House offices building! Where is our freedom?
People gathered here after being denied access to the House.