Cincinnati, OH – Figuring that he couldn’t hear them a few months ago when they surrounded not only the skyscraper where his 30th floor office is located but the entire city, about 500 Cincinnati Tea Partiers and Cincinnati 9/12ers decided to turn up the heat… by candlelight.
The group began the evening by offering opportunities for concerned citizens to sign 2 petitions: one to repeal the death tax and one to amend Ohio’s state Constitution. If enough signatures are gathered, a proposal can then be made which, in a nutshell, could convince the Ohio Congress to exercise more leverage regarding their state sovereignty in relation to refusing to enforce the healthcare bill if it should pass.
It was interesting to speak to a Cincinnati 9/12er who was originally from Czechoslovakia. Though she has been here for 35 years, she still has vivid memories of life under a once communist government that later became socialist. She said that she is alarmed that the church isn’t taking a more active role in speaking out about the evils of the healthcare bill. Though she has shared with some in the church what life would be like in America if this country were to go down that road of socialism, she said it’s almost like her words fall on deaf ears – or perhaps ears that just don’t think that such a thing could happen here. She is grateful that there are so many 9/12ers and Tea Partiers who have been awakened to what could happen if Americans remain silent.
As the sun sank below the horizon and Tea Partiers and 9/12ers in DC were calling it a day, the Cincinnati groups began lighting candles. Drivers who witnessed the event honked in support, a bagpipe player and guitarist played patriotic songs, people chanted, “USA” and “Kill the bill,” and the Carew Tower was completely surrounded.
A counter protest of maybe 40 people (compared to about 500 Cincinnati Tea Partiers and 9/12ers) was happening on a corner opposite the Carew Tower. As Cincinnati Tea Partiers and 9/12ers noticed and vocalized that group’s lack of American flags, dueling patriotic songs were sung: “God Bless America” from ObamaCare supporters, and “The Star Spangled Banner” from Cincinnati Tea Partiers and 9/12ers. Local Channel 12 News and Fox 19 News were no doubt loving the exchange, which eventually ended with the handful of ObamaCare supporters leaving.
It was interesting to speak to a Tea Partier who is a professional artist and musician. “I have a lot of friends who are ridiculously liberal,” he confided. “And they’re like, ‘Oh my God! Why are you associated with all that?’ Well, because we’re artists, we live off of freedom of speech, and the guys you are supporting will trample all over that every chance they get…and in defense of my Christian friends on this side, they recognize that if that freedom is stepped on, that they are most likely the first ones to be trampled.” He went on to state that he believes that it’s individual Christians (as opposed to the church proper) who are out there fighting the fight that freedom loving artists and musicians need to be fighting.
As the evening progressed and Cincinnati Tea Party leaders informed the group that Cincinnati Tea Party founder Mike Wilson had “tweeted” from DC the defeat of “deem and pass,” a cheer went up from the crowd. A www.foxnews.com article on Saturday detailed that “deem and pass” would “allow House members to approve the Senate version of the health care bill without an actual vote before taking up a second ‘fix-it’ resolution, known as reconciliation.” The article went on to state that there will be “three big votes on Sunday: the first to bring the ‘fix-it’ bill to the House floor; the second on the bill; then the final vote would be on the Senate bill itself. If the final bill passes the House, the Senate plans to take it up next week.”
In light of the candlelight vigil around the Carew Tower, it is interesting to note that California Republican Rep. David Dreier, after suggesting that the desertion of “deem and pass” suggests that Dems are “buckling under pressure,” also made a written statement: “In the words of Ronald Reagan, ‘they may not have seen the light, but they certainly felt the heat.’”
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