Tea Party protesters completely blocked Pennsylvania Ave. from 14th Street, NW, to the U.S. Capitol. The large crowds have caused organizers for the event to start the speeches and march earlier than the scheduled 11:30 a.m. time.
Protester homemade signs seen …
I’m Not Your ATM
Jesus is the Messiah, not Obama
Trade Freedom for Security … You Will Have Neither
Obama’s Nuts … That’s why he’s … with ACORN
Just Say No to Chicago Style Politics
Hands off my kid’s Liberty
Madam Speaker Kiss Our Astroturf
Change We Can’t Afford
Bury Obamacare with Kennedy
We Surround Them
Hands Off My Health Care
Don’t Tread On Me (reported to be most common)
Crowd singing Na Na Hey Hey Say Good Bye
The event was organized by FreedomWorks — a conservative organization led by former House Majority Leader Dick Armey (R-Texas) — in conjuction with the Tea Party Movement and other conservative groups as a way to protest current tax policies.
The date and concept were conceived by Fox News personality Glenn Beck, who six months ago organized a 9/12er event — The 9-12 Project, a post-9/11-type event to uplift the spirit that Americans felt in the hours and days after 9/11/2001, when Islamic terrorists attacked New York City and the Pentagon.
Detractors of the event paint the movement as anti-Obama and anti-Democrat. Glenn Beck emphasizes that the protest is against the corruption that is coming from both political parties — and loss of liberties in America.
Writer Michael Stone on the Portland Progressive Examiner describes the 9/12 march in Washington as “Glenn Beck’s self promoted 9-12 project is an attempt at making crazy mainstream, an invitation to treason and civil war. Beck, the Fox News on-air personality. is exploiting 9-11 for his own self aggrandizement. Beck, Fox News, right wing extremists and corporate-backed groups are sponsoring the anti-Obama march.” Stone describes himself as a gypsy scholar and freelance writer — a secular humanist with a passion for politics and protecting the civil liberties of those on the margins of society.
ABC News affiliate in Arlington, Virginia – wjla.com — is not covering the event as of 1:30 p.m. ET.
9 Principles, 12 Values
What is the title of Glenn Beck’s best-selling book?
Common Sense: The Case Against an Out-of-Control Government, Inspired by Thomas Paine
The book has been #1 and #2 on Amazon’s best-sellers list since it was released June 16, 2009.
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