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by John Charlton

(Oct. 28, 2009) — Belated gratitude has not the same taste as immediate gratitude, but it’s better than nothing.  In this case it may also indicate that the Republican Party is waking up.

The case concerns House Resolution Bill 870, introduced on Oct. 26th,  by 75 Republicans, which is to thank the more than 1.7 Million Tea Partiers for demonstrating in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 12, 2009.  The sponsor of the Bill is Tom Price (R-GA).

The full text of the proposed resolution is as follows:

Expressing gratitude and appreciation to the individuals and families who participated in the Taxpayer March on Washington on September 12, 2009.


Whereas, on September 12, 2009, hundreds of thousands of American patriots, who refuse to sit idly by as the Federal Government advances skyrocketing deficits, taxpayer-funded bailouts, pork-barrel projects, burdensome taxes, unaccountable policy czars, command-and-control energy policy, and a government takeover of health care, came to Washington, DC, to show their disapproval;

Whereas individuals also wanted to convey their displeasure with the future tax increases that will be required to pay for deficit-financed spending; Whereas these individuals understand that the fundamental American principles of limited government and personal liberty are under direct assault;

Whereas this dedicated group of freedom-loving Americans believe in open, accountable, responsible, constitutionally based government;

Whereas hundreds of buses, multiple caravans of cars from across the country, and many individually chartered flights, as well as thousands of lone-traveling cars and trucks, brought these patriots to Washington, DC, solely for this event;

Whereas these individuals endured considerable personal expense to get to the march, including transportation and lodging expenses, as well as lost wages in many instances;

Whereas estimates of the number of people who peacefully marched from Freedom Plaza to the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on September 12, 2009, range as high as 1,700,000 marchers;

Whereas all 50 States were represented in the march;

Whereas this event is considered to be the largest ever gathering of fiscal conservatives in Washington, DC;

Whereas special accolades are due to the grassroots citizens organizations across the country who helped individuals exercise their constitutionally protected First Amendment rights in the Nation’s capital; and

Whereas when the current trends of government expansion and freedom retrenchment are reversed, it will be due in large part to the efforts of the hundreds of thousands who marched on Washington, DC, on September 12, 2009:

Now, therefore, be it 1 Resolved, That the House of Representatives expresses its gratitude and appreciation to the hundreds of 3 thousands of people who marched on Washington, DC, on 4 September 12, 2009, to show their love of liberty and their 5 grievance with recent government actions.

The bill is in currently committee, but can be tracked through this link:


The introduction of the Bill might also serve to flush out which Democrats are for Dictatorship and which for democracy; since by passing the Resolution, they’d have to acknowledge the present political reality of the Nation, as so direly opposed to their agenda.

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  1. See, miracles can happen. Maybe next Judge Carter will awaken from his fascination with falsely restrictive “standing” and realize that we are dealing with an unprecedented case. No precedents are adequate to “the present political reality of the Nation,” as John so aptly puts it.

    Deal with it Democrats, your socialist dog won’t hunt.