Saturday, September 12, 2009

You Look Like the Cavalry to Me-Mike Pence

Congressman Mike Pence (R) delivered these remarks to the crowd at the National Tea Party here in Washington, DC.

I am Mike Pence. I am from Indiana, and it is an honor to welcome the largest gathering of conservatives in American history to your nation's capitol.

There are some politicians who think of you people as astroturf. Un-American. I've got to be honest with you, after nine years of fighting runaway spending here on this hill, you people look like the cavalry to me.

We stand together at a historic moment in the life of the conservative movement and in the life of this great country. The coming weeks and months may well set the course for this nation for a generation. How we as conservatives respond to these challenges, could determine whether America retains her place in the world as a beacon of freedom or whether we slip into the abyss that has swallowed much of Europe in an avalanche of socialism.

While some are prepared to write the obituary on capitalism and the conservative movement, I believe we are on the verge of a great American awakening. And it will begin here and begin now and begin with you.

This Administration and this Congress are getting a badly needed history lesson, starting with just what our founders meant by 'consent of the governed.' If silence is consent, it is now revoked.

We the people, do not consent to runaway federal spending. We the people, do not consent to the notion that we can borrow and spend and bail our way back to a growing America. And we the people, do not consent to government-run insurance that will cause millions of Americans to lose the insurance they have, and that will lead us to a government takeover of health care in this nation.

This week, the president came to this hill and he gave one more speech about the same bad plan. Mr. President, America doesn't want another speech, we want another health care plan that is built on freedom.

And we the people, do not consent to Members of Congress passing thousand-page bills without anybody ever reading them. Members of Congress should be required to read ever major bill that Congress adopts. I've got to be honest with you, I think Members of Congress should read major bills, but I'd be just as happy if some of them read this just a little more often - the Constitution of the United States.

You know, there is a lot of good stuff in there and it reminds us that we are a nation led by the people, and not the elites and the bureaucrats and the politicians. It reminds us that the powers not delegated to the federal government by the Constitution are reserved to the states or to the people.

And nowhere in our Constitution can you find the word 'czar.' It is time Washington, D.C. became a No Czar Zone.
More at Powerlineblog.

24 comments:

Opus #6 said...

Odie, A public thank you to you for helping me widen my columns and get a little more elbow room on the blog. You ROCK!

Stop the presses/ Patrick said...

That was a hell of a speech. I only wish I could of been there for it.

Just a conservative girl said...

We ROCKED them. It was so much fun. I am so thankful I was able to go.

I took 400 pictures.

LL said...

Somewhere between one and two men and women came to the nation's capitol to protest the ObamaNation in all its permutations.

The only special interest is that they are AMERICANS

Opus #6 said...

Patrick, me too! I wanted to be there so badly. I cried to see so MANY patriotic souls in Washington today.

Opus #6 said...

JACG, I have been waiting all day to hear from you and the other bloggers who went. I can't wait to see all of the pics and stories!

Opus #6 said...

LL, grass roots Americans. Nobody who is honest can deny that.

Woodsterman (Odie) said...

We're here to help and I can't think of anyone I would rather help.

NOW TO THE MEAT !!!!

Lets wish (as I do) that we could be in D.C. today. Pelosi, put your head between your legs and kiss (hopefully) your ass good-bye.

You folks in Washington today represented us very well. I thank you so very much. Teresa, I'll bet you had a ball .....

Opus #6 said...

Odie, I hope that the people of Pelosi's district have had enough of her antics. But at the very least, she will no longer be the MAJORITY speaker.

Woodsterman (Odie) said...

She's from the bay area ... that's a scary place politically.

Candle said...

I was there at 9am, stayed till about 2. Feet were killing me, had a great time though. Took tons of pictures, about 30 minutes of video (which I have to process). I'll try to get some pics to you (opus)via photo-bucket links or some such tomorrow.

Other things I wanna say:
1) the number who showed up - it was an ocean of humanity. I was staggered by it. Didn't expect it.
2) this msnbc video seems incredibly fair - I'm creeped out.
3) we kept getting reports that, for example, msnbc was saying that there were people encouraging folks to riot. They also said there were people with swastikas. I saw 1 swastika, with obama's name on it (implicating him as a fascist). like it or not, whatever, but I only saw 1. I did see a Pelosi picture with a hitler mustache.
4) we got reports saying that CNN said maybe 1000 people showed up.

Red said...

We've got the left on the run and the GOP shitting bricks. :-D

Nickie Goomba said...

What a great day for Conservatives! There will be many more.

BTW, Ope. Don't let Woody touch your columns. This is the sadder but wiser voice of experience talking. (shudder)

Red said...

Nice new layout. I see you are progressively taking your blog in a more political direction.

Opus #6 said...

Odie, what happened to the Bay Area. I grew up in Cupertino.

Opus #6 said...

Candle, wow, that is AWESOME! I am so proud of you and all of our great patriots. You rocked this nation to the core. They cannot deny our existence any more. I look forward to any pics or vids you want me to post. Do you have a You Tube account? I am excited to try posting more You Tube videos in the larger format with my wider blog.

Opus #6 said...

Red, there is freedom when the politicians fear the people.

Now is a crucial time. The destruction of our health care system is being hotly debated. Our constitution is being circumvented in so many ways (czars, takeovers). As far as I can help to spread the word and get people aware of what our politicians are doing, I will.

Opus #6 said...

Goomba, I assure you, Odie's tutorial was completely upstanding.

Linda said...

I wish I could have been there, but the pictures of the crowd are amazing.

Does anybody know if any more of our congressmen and women were there? How about senators?

Woodsterman (Odie) said...

Nickie .... ssshhh

The Hippies happened in the bay area. They stayed and never grew up. Don't forget the city that gave you Gavin Newsom.

Opus #6 said...

Llinda, there were a couple. DeMint's name came up. I don't remember the other one. But most were in hiding. They were afraid of the crowd, which has a strong anti incumbent feeling, often angry with both parties.

Opus #6 said...

Odie, I guess Berkeley and San Francisco are the cores. Still, I hope there are enough stragglers in there with a passion for voting that they can get rid of Pelosi. A girl's gotta dream, you know.

Bungalow Bill said...

The calvary is right. I hear you Mike Pence, and the pople who are tore up our Constitution will hear from all of us.

Opus #6 said...

Bill, we must right this wrong and pray Never Again.