Saturday, November 7, 2009

Health Care Rally: From an Eyewitness

On Thursday I had the privilege of joining the rally on Capitol Hill, Washington DC, that protested Obama's new Health Care Bill. Congress is actually debating the bill as I write, and may be voting on it today or tomorrow. Twenty to forty-five thousand "tea-partiers" arrived on Thursday and peacefully demanded that congress vote NO on the bill. Here are some pictures from the event...

The Capitol Building

Before joining the rest of the gathering, my mom, brother and I stood around this tree and interceded for our government leaders and for our nation. We realized that no matter what we did to get involved, praying was the most powerful action we could take. (Leaning against the tree is the sign I carried during the protest.)

Angry "mobsters"... actually, the worst they did was chant and yell a little. Oh, and they HELD SIGNS! (I know, so violent...)

Most of the crowd consisted of elderly people, and families with kids and strollers. A dangerous bunch, indeed! We all came because we're scared about what is happening to our country; not because we're violent extremists.

I liked this sign. The government works for us, not vise versa... and when our leaders cease to represent what we believe, WE THE PEOPLE will vote them out!
The Capitol Building, and the flag commonly found at tea party rallies: a snake with the words "DON'T TREAD ON ME".
Leaving the rally. (Actually, it was technically a press conference... but it ended up being more like a rally!)
Another sign I liked.
As I left, I saw the Star-Spangled Banner waving in the breeze. (God bless America!)
So, some of you may be wondering... Why protest against the Health Care Bill? The answer is that this bill is a huge leap toward socialism in our country, and, well, some of us kind of LIKE having democracy instead of socialism! This 2,000-page bill will activate a complete government take-over of health care. It is estimated to cost over a trillion dollars (and the government's estimates are always low). It will include rationing of patients (e.g., if a 60-year-old Grandma needs surgery, and a 20-year-old needs the same surgery, the 20-year-old is more likely to get it and the Grandma might miss out). The bill will also pay for illegal aliens to have health care just like American citizens; even though Obama promised us it wouldn't, those who have read the bill say otherwise.

However, what I think is the worst part of Obama's health plan is that tax dollars will now fund abortion. This bill is un-American, unconstitutional, undemocratic; and 47% of doctors say they'll QUIT if it passes! It doesn't matter if we don't like the new health care - EVERYONE will be forced to use it. (Except maybe the government leaders who passed it on us. :-D)

As Congress prepares to vote on this bill, would you join me in praying for our country - especially praying that this bill doesn't pass? But no matter what, let us pray that God's will happens, and whatever happens will be for His glory.

I will conclude with two quotes from Thomas Jefferson:

"When the government fears the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny."

"All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent."

God Bless,

(Read my other post about tea parties and the biased media by clicking here: "Angry Mob": What the Media's Telling You, and What's Actually True.)