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A House Call at the Capitol

It would appear that a good crowd showed up for Michele Bachman’s call for a House Call to the House to protest Speaker Pelosi’s horrible health care bill.  I have managed to snarf some initial pictures from Twitter and will post more as I get them.

First, it seems obvious that the Speaker of the House has control of the Capitol Web Camera:

Capital Cam Shut Down

Does Pelosi control this, perhaps?

A short video taken from the steps.  Can you hear the crowd chanting “Nancy”?

12 Months From Fundamental Change

Crowd 4

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Tea Party Movie Trailer

I found a trailer for a Tea Party movie produced by a company called Ground Floor:

 

Hillary Was Right

That may be the only time that I ever utter those words.  But as we say out in the country, even a blind squirrel finds a nut from time to time.

Sign from the 9/12 Patriots March On Washington:

Hillary Clinton on dissent

More Photos from 9/12 in D.C. II

A big thank you to a friend of a friend for making the trip to DC and for taking these great photos.

9-12 Socialism Fascism BO

9-12 Tired of yelling at my TV

Joe Wilson had nothing on me, I was yelling at our empty-suit POTUS throughout his speech, which was typically full of obfuscation and word games.  Soaring rhetoric with no real substance.  POTUS did lie about illegals but of course the Left and their advocate journalists in the lapdog media let him get away with it.

9-12 Pennsylvania Ave

 Just in case TOTUS the President is wondering how close the mob got to his palace…

9-12 Long street shot

 9-12 Massive Crowd in the mall

9-12 No You Cant

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More photos from 9/12 in D.C.

First I want to show one from the blog It’s Getting Gloriously Dark Out There.  The lower line of the sign is obscured but blogger Stephanie reports that the sign says: “He had a dream, We got a nightmare”.  So true.

9-12 He Had A Dream

We got a nightmare

Also from Gloriously Dark, this panoramic photo of the mall:

9-12 GD - Panoramic Mall

A friend of mine who attended the march shared some photos as well.  Thanks, Wendy!

9-12 Obama Lies Grandma Dies

9-12 Put the Constitution on the Teleprompter

Would Obama read the constitution if we put it on the teleprompter?

 9-12 Acorn Will Not Grow

 

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Not the Party of “No”, the Party of “Hell No!”

If you attended the 9/12 march on Washington: THANK YOU!  Every one of you deserves the respect and sincere gratitude of every freedom-loving American.

Though I attended a huge rally on Tax Day and prepared to attend another one that ultimately got canceled, I could not make The Big One.  The 9/12 march on D.C. was far bigger than people seem to yet realize and one day you patriots will get to tell your grandchildren about being there, about standing up when your country needed you.

9-12 Wide View of Capitol

While Live 9-12 Web Cam shotI was watching the suspiciously scant news coverage of the 9/12 march one of the speakers, Sen. Jim DeMint (who you  might recall was lambasted for correctly calling Health Care POTUS’ Waterloo) said something that really struck me because it was so true.  He simply made the point that the people gathered behind him, hundreds of thousands of people, were the informed people in the debate.  Although we keep hearing the well-emailed DNC talking points about “right-wing misinformation” in this health care debate, the distortions in this important national discussion are overwhelmingly being propagated by those who support the Pelosi/Reid/Obama vision for government controlled health care.  From their dishonest use of the word “reform” to describe what is in fact destructive change to their two-faced games fighting against excluding illegal aliens from coverage, their game plan consist of falsehoods, mindless chants, and obfuscation.  Let’s not kid ourselves, people: with the post-speech bounce giving POTUS a few points, we have to gird ourselves for a long and nasty fight against the statists and their immoral ideology.

Michelle Malkin’s post linked to Looking at the Left which has some great photos of protestors and signs as well as some patriotic commentary, please give it a look.  Also, please watch the MSNBC video embedded on Michelle’s post or you can watch it directly here.  I was surprised at how honest and fair they were about it.

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The Real Culture War is not about moralism

The real “Culture War” in America is not about religion or abortion or gay marriage or anthropogenic climate change.  The real culture war being waged in this country, most recently evidenced by the well attended Tea Parties on tax day, is about the appropriate relationship between Government on one side and The People and our economy on the other side.  Arthur Brooks wrote a smart piece in the WSJ that outlines his view of the true culture war:

Despite President Barack Obama’s early personal popularity, we can see the beginnings of this schism in the “tea parties” that have sprung up around the country. In these grass-roots protests, hundreds of thousands of ordinary Americans have joined together to make public their opposition to government deficits, unaccountable bureaucratic power, and a sense that the government is too willing to prop up those who engaged in corporate malfeasance and mortgage fraud.

That was exactly what I saw when I attended my (not quite) local Tea Party with 20,000 other very vocal citizens.  Brooks points out that these were regular people engaging in a true populist movement which he labeled as “ethical populism”:

The protesters are homeowners who didn’t walk away from their mortgages, small business owners who don’t want corporate welfare and bankers who kept their heads during the frenzy and don’t need bailouts. They were the people who were doing the important things right — and who are now watching elected politicians reward those who did the important things wrong.

After quoting some rather scary statistics about support for capitalism versus socialism among different age groups and different parties (“Republicans were 11 times more likely to prefer capitalism than socialism; Democrats were almost evenly split between the two systems”) he points out that government is helping this along:

The government has been abetting this trend for years by exempting an increasing number of Americans from federal taxation. My colleague Adam Lerrick showed in these pages last year that the percentage of American adults who have no federal income-tax liability will rise to 49% from 40% under Mr. Obama’s tax plan. Another 11% will pay less than 5% of their income in federal income taxes and less than $1,000 in total.

To put a modern twist on the old axiom, a man who is not a socialist at 20 has no heart; a man who is still a socialist at 40 either has no head, or pays no taxes. Social Democrats are working to create a society where the majority are net recipients of the “sharing economy.” They are fighting a culture war of attrition with economic tools. Defenders of capitalism risk getting caught flat-footed with increasingly antiquated arguments that free enterprise is a Main Street pocketbook issue. Progressives are working relentlessly to see that it is not.

I have always argued that collectivism, which I personally utilize as an umbrella term encompassing socialism, communism, marxism, maoism, etc, is inherently immoral in and of itself, regardless of what results come from it.  Collectivism says to me that I am owned by the government and am a cash cow to be milked for what they (Ellsworth Toohey’s all) deem to be the collective good.  I argue strenuously that collectivism is not different from slavery in kind, only in degree.  I was happy to see Brooks echo that sentiment, though perhaps in more toned-down terms than I just did:

Advocates of free enterprise must learn from the growing grass-roots protests, and make the moral case for freedom and entrepreneurship. They have to declare that it is a moral issue to confiscate more income from the minority simply because the government can. It’s also a moral issue to lower the rewards for entrepreneurial success, and to spend what we don’t have without regard for our children’s future.

Brooks ends with a pep talk about the present opportunities for free marketeers.

We had better continue what the Tea Parties started if we care about our childrens’ (and grandchildrens’) future.  Please read Brooks’ entire piece here and draw your own conclusions.