Ladies and Gents: I didn't overdress did I? I was a little worried about that.
The last picture was just to show everyone how clean we left the Capitol grounds. We folded up our signs and put them in garbage bags. People actually brought garbage bags with them. Another reason to be very proud; we treated those grounds with respect.
I want to tell you a litte about who I met over the weekend.
I met some great people, and I have a new hero or two.
I met people from all over the country. Here is a taste:
I ate my picnic lunch with a really nice couple from New Jersey. She is a teacher and he works for the railroad. Both happy union members. Registered independents who have never been to a protest in thier lives. They got up at 4 am to hop on a chartered bus and turned around at 5:30 and went back home. An 18 hour day at least.
I met a retired minister from DC. He is black man who voted for the President. I asked him if his vote had anything to do with pride. He told me no; it was about the war. He was upset with President Bush and felt that McCain would have continued the same policy. I asked what changed his mind. He told me he was still upset about the war and the President not ending it; and he was furious with the President on life issues. He always carries his bible in his pocket. His shirt was a quote from scripture about reaping what you sow. He helped carry the flag down Penn. Ave.
I met a 25 year old New Yorker. He has never been to DC before, never been in involved in politics before. He works on Wall Street; and is terrified that President Obama is going to move towards a world currency and that his policies are bringing the dollar down near collapse. He told me to buy gold. He brought his 6 year old nephew who had a ball.
I met a group of nurses from Ohio. They had a raffle at their hospital to see who would take the weekend off to come down to protest against the current healthcare plan. They drove down for the weekend taking turns driving. They attended the medical professionals against HR 3200 rally on Friday night.
I met another nurse from PA. She is a divorced mom who just sent her baby away to college. She wasn't going to come, but heard the President's speech on Friday afternoon and got mad. She called AAA to find an affordable hotel room and got in her car and drove to Rockville, MD. She knows that health care costs will not go down until tort reform is inacted; as they will continue to practice defensive medicine. She told me that every patient that goes into her hospital gets an MRI so they won't be sued; even if they don't think they need them.
I met a stay at home mom from Ohio. She came down for the weekend on the train with 10 friends and family members. Her daughter's boyfriend is one of my new heros. He doesn't understand why liberals don't get the fact the conservative government allows you to have liberal communities. This is a 17 year old kid. What a future he is going to have. I told her daughter she needs to hang on to this one.
I met small business owners, stay at home moms, business people, and blue collar people. I met far right conservatives, moderate republicans, moderate democrats, independents, and libertarians. They were seniors citizens, twenty somethings, moms, dads, grandparents, and kids. They were white, black, Asian, Hispanic, and Indian, and everything in between. It was Americana. The only ones missing were the liberal elite. Actually, they were there as well. Counter-protesting with a chant of "Bring Back Bush". They were dressed in formal attire and carried a sign that said; Billionares for Wealthcare. Basically they were ignored; which I think made them a little mad.
I met black people from DC. I asked them if they were planning on telling thier neighbors they were here. One of the moms, said she didn't want her teenage son to talk about it in school. DC is more than 90% liberal democrat. They too are more of my heros. She is teaching her son to stand up for what he believes in even when it is hard and not popular.
I met a couple from Idaho. They really resented the fact that they had to use thier vacation time to come to Washington for this reason. They felt that the only way Congress would listen is if the number was big. They told me they couldn't have lived with themselves if they didn't show up.
I met a young couple from Georgia. Again, never had been to protest. They have realized that Congress counts on Americans to live their lives and take care of thier families and not pay too much attention to them. Apathy has been our mistake.
You couldn't swing your arm without hitting someone from Texas. My gosh, it seems like half of Texas was in DC over the weekend. Ohioans and Floridians were not far behind.
When I was walking down Pennsylvania Avenue singing God Bless America I was proud of myself and every other person who showed up.
A belief in the written constitution. The belief that we are responsible for ourselves and for our families. The belief that we are allowed to fail. The belief in a strong national defense are a few of the things that make me just a conservative girl.
"Fascism should more properly be called corporatism because it is the merger of state and corporate power." -- Benito Mussolini
"I say this not to the teachers, but to their unions: If education were a war, you would be losing it. If it were a business, you would be driving it into bankruptcy. If it were a patient, it would be dying." Bob Dole
Yes, House Republicans have been in power for 5 hours and they have not passed their entire agenda. The New York Times things they should be canned and Democrats put back in charge. Don Surber
"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter." Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
"So I say huzzah to the 112th congress for reading the Constitution, for acting like it matters. It does. The Constitution may not be sacred, but the sacred has no better friend than the Constitution." Pat Archibold
"53% of Democrats have a postive view of socialism. 100% of republicans think those 53% are morons." Mark Levin
"Corrupt the young. Get them away from religion. Get them interested in sex. Make them superficial; destroy their ruggedness." First plank of the communist strategy for revolution - confiscated in Dusseldorf, Germany in 1919
"If you believe this isn't going to cost the government anything, you are likely to see leprechauns riding on unicorns with pots of gold circling the capitol" Rep. Devin Nunes, CA-21 on healthcare "reform".
"Liberals claim to want to give a hearing to other views, but then are shocked and offended to discover that there are other views". William F. Buckley, Jr.
"The Republicans were laughing and waving the American flag, and I thought that was ourtrageous behavior" Maxine Waters
"The American people will never knowingly adopt Socialism. But under the name of 'liberalism' they will adopt every fragment of the Socialist program, until one day America will be a Socialist nation, without knowing how it happened." Norman Thomas
I am a Republican, a black, dyed in the wool Republican, and I never intend to belong to any other party than the party of freedom and progress. Frederick Douglas
Don't go around saying that the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first. Mark Twain
I freed thousands of slaves, and could have freed thousands more, if they had known they were slaves. Harriet Tubman
But I think the most important thing I have figured out was how not to lose hope even when things are bad and it feels like it won't get better. It will get better. You just have to keep working at it and moving forward. Homeless & Conservative
The way to crush the middle class is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation. Vladimer Lenin
There is all the difference in the world between treating people equally and attempting to make them equal. F.A. Hayek