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Michelle Bachmann’s Capitol Tea Party

Thursday's quickly organized event was a powerful display of informed citizenry.

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Barbara Curtis

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November 7, 2009 - 12:00 am
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“Don’t you make me come up there!”

Dozens of moms from Minnesota sported sweatshirts with a parental threat aimed at Congress that most everyone would recognize.

Our elected representatives have done just that — they made us “come up there,” from as far away as California, leaving jobs and families and spending hefty sums to make what Rep. Michele Bachmann called “an emergency house call on Congress.”

Bachmann is a rising star in the conservative movement. Like Sarah Palin, Bachmann is a beautiful, articulate mother of five (who’s also cared for 23 foster children over the years). With the mobilizing talents of a megamom, she called for citizens to come to Washington to personally lobby their representatives on November 5. Shortly after her Friday announcement, Hollywood actor Jon Voight called and asked to help. By Thursday, Bachmann had a full slate of speakers and enough activist citizens — many of them first-timers — to give Congress a good dose of preventative medicine:

You came. And you came to your house. And you came for an emergency house call. And are they going to listen? Oh yeah, oh yeah, they’re going to listen. It was Thomas Jefferson who said a revolution every now and then is a good thing. What do you think?

The crowd roared.

Bachmann emphasized the historic nature of Thursday’s political struggle with a quote from Abigail Adams’ journal:

After all we’ve done, I wonder if generations unborn will know what was done for them.

Bachmann continued:

We are that privileged generation. You literally stand with us on hallowed ground. This is hallowed ground of freedom, and that freedom was purchased at an incalculable price that none of us can ever truly comprehend. And for 233 years, every generation that has come before has faithfully handed the baton of freedom to the next generation. And so now we are that privileged generation, privileged to be here today.

The day is best told by the everyday people who came — see my photo journal for stories — and by a few of the ringing quotes of speakers.

Jon Voight:

President Obama has his own obsession with trying to ram this health bill through and create a socialist America. We as freedom-loving Americans must not be scared into Obama’s radical Chicago tactics. His agenda is not for the poor. It’s solely for his political gain. His lies and propaganda are all very blatant, shown to us by those who exposed ACORN, which is as corrupt as all the president’s czars. The only success he’s had so far in his term as president is taking America apart piece by piece.

John Ratzenberger (from the TV show Cheers):

These are Woodstock Democrats. We have to remember where their philosophy comes from. It doesn’t come from America. It comes from overseas. It comes from socialism. And socialism is a philosophy of failure.

Mark Levin — best to watch his speech on video.

House Minority Leader John Boehner (OH):

I do think there is a rebellion going on in this country. How else could you get 10,000 people to show up with only a few days notice? What they are saying is “enough is enough.” There are tens of thousands of Americans who have come to Washington to say they don’t want Pelosi-care.

It’s a simple statement by Americans that they love their country, they love our way of life, they love the things that America stands for — prosperity, liberty and freedom — and they want nothing more than to hand freedom off to their kids and to their grandkids. Join us in saying no to a government takeover of health care. Join us in rejecting higher taxes and more deficits. Join us in defending our freedom. And join us in defeating Pelosi-care.

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