Tens Of Thousands March In DC To Protest Obama's Healthcare Plans

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Tens of thousands of protesters fed up with government spending marched to the U.S. Capitol on Saturday, showing their disdain for the president's health care plan with slogans such as "Obamacare makes me sick" and "I'm not your ATM."

The line of protesters clogged several blocks near the Capitol, according to the D.C. Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency. Demonstrators chanted "enough, enough" and "We the People." Others yelled "You lie, you lie!" and "Pelosi has to go," referring to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.

Throngs of people waved U.S. flags and held signs reading "Go Green Recycle Congress" and "Obama Bin Lyin.'" Men wore colonial costumes as they listened to speakers who warned of "judgment day" - Election Day 2010.

Other signs - reflecting the growing intensity of the health care debate - depicted President Barack Obama with the signature mustache of Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler. Many referred to Obama as a socialist or communist, and another imposed his face on that of the villainous Joker from "Batman."

Richard Brigle, 57, a Vietnam War veteran and former Teamster, came from Paw Paw, Mich. He said health care needs to be reformed - but not according to Obama's plan.

"My grandkids are going to be paying for this. It's going to cost too much money that we don't have," he said while marching, bracing himself with a wooden cane as he walked.

FreedomWorks Foundation, a conservative organization led by former House Majority Leader Dick Armey, organized several groups from across the country for what they billed as a "March on Washington."

Organizers say they built on momentum from the April "tea party" demonstrations held nationwide to protest tax policies, along with growing resentment over the economic stimulus packages and bank bailouts.

Armey and other speakers directed their ire at Pelosi - Armey took a photo, telling the crowd he wanted to be able to prove to her they were there.

"If it's necessary, we'll come back here next year," he said.

Many protesters said they paid their own way to the event - an ethic they believe should be applied to the government. They say unchecked spending on things like a government-run health insurance option could increase inflation and lead to economic ruin.

Terri Hall, 45, of Starke, Fla., said she felt compelled to become political for the first time this year because she was upset by government spending.

"Our government has lost sight of the powers they were granted," she said. She added that deficit spending is out of control, and said she thought it was putting the country at risk.

Race also became an issue when a black Republican leader denounced African-American politicians that she said had an "affinity" for socialism.

"I'm outraged prominent black politicians use the race card" to cover up their failed policies, said Deneen Borelli of New York.

One woman held a sign with images of Martin Luther King Jr. and Obama, with the words printed alongside: "He had a dream, we got a nightmare."

Lawmakers also supported the rally. Rep. Mike Pence, chairman of the House Republican Conference, said Americans want health care reform but they don't want a government takeover.

"Republicans, Democrats and independents are stepping up and demanding we put our fiscal house in order," Pence, of Indiana, told The Associated Press.

"I think the overriding message after years of borrowing, spending and bailouts is enough is enough," Pence said.

Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., and Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., also spoke at the rally.

Other sponsors of the event include the Heartland Institute, Americans for Tax Reform and the Ayn Rand Center for Individuals Rights.

Connie Castleton, 52, of Irving, Texas, said she drove 20 hours from her home to attend the rally. The nurse said she's motivated to try and get others involved in opposing Obama's health care plan.

"There's a lot more people mad about what's going on than I thought," she said.

Several protesters said they represented a "silent majority" or referred to themselves as "community organizers" - a phrase often associated with the president.

"This isn't some right-wing conservative agenda," said 30-year-old Adam Moore of Rochester, Mich. "This is a true grass-roots movement."

Erica Coyle, who's in her 50s and is from Louisville, Ky., said problems began before Obama took office, but she said the situation has worsened and people are "finally waking up."

"This is his Waterloo," Coyle said of Obama.

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  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Nov 30, 2009 at 10:12 AM
    Enviro, I don't have a problem with cleaning up rivers, its a good thing. I have a problem with people posting hooey which is not based on science or facts available on the internet and from your local water quality offices. As of last week, global warming is proved to be a hoax as we have always known. The UK tweaked the numbers to show it and got caught. Had weather measurements taken as stations that were non existant. Prior to the current administration taking over, NOAA had published temperatures averages that clearly showed the global cooling taking place. Now, today, you cannot find it or they burried it. Climategate is proof that the environmentalist are too extreme and will lie to cover it up. If Obama goes to Copenhagen, its only further proof that he is as much up on the lie as the rest of the left. Global warming is the biggest hoax ever put together by the left. But, somehow, someway and somewhere, this was Bush's fault.....
  • by BIGBEAR Location: NEWPORT on Nov 30, 2009 at 08:34 AM
  • by Enviro Location: Pamlico on Nov 30, 2009 at 03:32 AM
    Suppose a politician decides ?Suppose, even though ? Suppose, the world has ? Suppose that person is ? Real Facts going on here ...You must have a problem with a clean enviroment,clean rivers.I use to give your post some credit. Pollution on the internet. I can also remember when there was raw sewer on some areas and thankfully the EPA and other concerned "We the People" have made some changes for the better . Not enough.You are so articlulate and smart ! You being a coh,is conclusive.
  • by To L word on Nov 30, 2009 at 03:20 AM
    Crap? The info posted came from "Freedomworks" and Fox web pages on Dick and Koch from legislative news. Facts or Crap ?
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Nov 20, 2009 at 06:50 AM
    Enviro, if "we people" are the problem than "you" should end it for yourself. Suppose a politician decides to make millions off a fear, suppose he hears about glaciers melting in the polar regions and convinces a couple of looney scientists they could make money on this scam. Suppose, even though the warmest year was in 1930, you make up material with bears floating on icebergs and pictures where sides of glaciers are falling off into the sea. Suppose, the world has actually gotten cooler in the past seven years. Suppose that person is Al Gore, ex president. I grew up on the Pamlico river and find the river cleaner than when I was growing up. When raw sewage was discharged into the river, factories had not EPA or water monitoring on the river. So, now that you have posted you line of hooey, move off the river and go to Arizona. We don't need you pollution to the internet.
  • by Enviro Location: world on Nov 15, 2009 at 10:26 AM
    We will have to see what the changes will be we will be responsible for doing nothing.I have read and listened to the "for" and 'for not" of global warming.It could be a toss up.But I do believe we are wrecking our earth.The changes have taken place. I grew up on the Neuse River.No one can deny the damage that has been done to our resources.We all need to look for ways to preserve our world,by starting better enviromental practices. As a kid I remember the rains in warm weather would bring frogs out literaly by the millions.I see toads and frogs rarely now.Bull frogs were heard all during the night. As kids we swam in the waters in that area and never got sick.We,"people" are without question the ones responsible for these changes.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 7, 2009 at 05:46 PM
    The majority of Americans do not want this thing passed or the climate bill. We the middle class cannot shoulder the additional tax burden for govt control of healthcare,higher utilites,stimulous packages or any more liberal pet projects they plan on shoving down our throats. "Change I can't believe"
  • by Wanda Location: Kenansville on Nov 4, 2009 at 07:09 AM
    I hope it's raining and cold.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Oct 2, 2009 at 07:52 AM
    I guess with record cold weather over the past 7 years, its easy to say, anyone that believes in Al Gore's Global Warming Myth,.....is an idiot, including our president. Google Global Cooling please, the country relies of people being informed with facts, not crap.
  • by L WORD Location: HAVELOCK on Sep 22, 2009 at 03:20 PM

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