Conservative activists (including Democrats and Independents) swarmed Capitol Hill yesterday demanding that Congress stop the health care reform bill being crafted secretly by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
They marched, they chanted, they cheered and jeered efforts to socialize medicine in this country and the exuberant crowd stood shoulder to shoulder with congresswoman Michele Bachman (R) Minnesota and other members of the GOP caucus as well as actor Jon Voight, John Ratzenberger (Cliff from Cheers) and talk show host Mark Levin.
I was there to watch and it was amazing how a crowd of about 10 thousand came from all around the country to be heard. People told me stories of driving all day and all night to get to Washington, including a bother and sister who had not seen each other in 7 years but decided to meet-up over this important issue.
One woman flew in from Bel Air, California after hearing Sean Hannity ask the American people to be counted, others came in from Illinois, Texas, Maine, Florida and every state in between.
"President Obama has his own obsession with trying to ram this health bill through to create a socialist America," shouted actor Jon Voight, one of several speakers who addressed a crowd that filled the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol.
"We would be no better off than the European countries and Canada and New Zealand who suffer greatly from a poor health-care system. Their rationing system creates many deaths."
The protest came as House Democrats prepared for a rare weekend session to vote on legislation central to President Barack Obama's domestic agenda. A separate version of health-care legislation continues to work its way through the U.S. Senate.
Kevin Lamarque/Reuters A demonstrator holds up a sign during a 'House Call' rally against proposed healthcare reform legislation at the Capitol in Washington on Nov. 5, 2009.