What I said at the Kill the Bill Rally

posted at 10:00 am on March 14, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Yesterday I spoke at the Kill the Bill Rally staged by Minnesota Majority at the state capital. The event drew thousands of people, which makes them about 100 times more newsworthy than the “coffee party” gatherings that drew tens of people … three tens of people in St. Louis, for instance, which garnered CNN’s attention. I didn’t see CNN at our little get-together, but perhaps the cold weather and bitter wind deterred them from covering our grassroots event. It didn’t deter thousands of Minnesotans from joining our call to kill the ObamaCare bill and start over from scratch on reforming the cost structure of American health care.

Sue Jeffers gives me a kind introduction; although we appear on competing stations in the Twin Cities, her station and AM 1280 The Patriot were happy to collaborate on this important issue. The intro lasts about two minutes, and the rest of the video is my speech. My friend David Strom used my Flip HD camera to shoot the video. Later, I’ll have videos of John Kline and Michele Bachman:

I’m including my remarks, as prepared for delivery. It’s a bit different in the actual delivery, where I opted to ad-lib a little bit, but it works for tracking the general thrust of the speech.

Thank you for coming out to express your opposition to the most expansive government takeover attempt in our history. When the Minnesota Majority asked me to speak at this rally, I was proud to contribute in any way to this national movement prompted by a government that has become a force for its own perpetuation instead of a servant of its constituents. Washington has forgotten that it represents the people rather than their own interests. That arrogance has awakened this country, which has come together like never before to say “No!” to the nanny state, and to tell Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, and Barack Obama to butt out of their lives.

I’m amazed at the hubris of these politicians and their elite group of allies in Washington DC. Perhaps in early 2009, after that big election win the previous November, they had an excuse to assume that they had a mandate for a radically statist agenda, one that sought to make the most private of decisions subject to government oversight – the choices we make for our own health. Since last summer, though, they have no excuses. The American people have overwhelmingly rejected ObamaCare. We marched to town halls across this country last August to show members of Congress just how angry their attempt to overhaul the American medical system has made us.

And you know that they heard that message. Last week, Pelosi and Obama insisted on rushing their latest version of ObamaCare through Congress before the Easter recess, when these politicians have to come back to their districts and face their constituents. Why? Because they know that you’ll come back out in force to teach them the lesson they should have learned the first time in August, that’s why!

They’re not listening, but they should. How angry will we be if Pelosi, Reid, and Obama try to jam this bill through Congress through chicanery and manipulation? Poll after poll shows just how unpopular this ObamaCare effort has gotten:

• Last week, an AP poll showed that 68% of Americans oppose the use of “reconciliation” to pass health-care reform
• Two weeks ago, a CNN poll showed that 73% wanted Congress to start over from scratch or just forget about health care reform altogether in this session – and that matched the 72% who wanted the same in November
• In fact, in nine national polls taken in the month of February, all nine showed opposition to ObamaCare ranging from nine points to 20 points

Not only is this bill too radical for the American people, it’s too radical for even some Democrats in Congress. But that has not convinced Pelosi and Obama to withdraw it, or to start working with opponents to find some common-sense compromises to reform the cost structure of health care in America. Instead, Nancy Pelosi has decided to attack the structure of representative government by attempting to pass the Senate version of ObamaCare without a floor vote in the House. That’s how desperate the nanny-staters are to defy you and saddle America with a government overhaul of our health care system that we don’t want.

Just fourteen months after taking complete control of Washington, Democrats face a Waterloo in the midterm elections. In November 2008, Obama, Pelosi, and Reid thought they had a mandate to fundamentally remake America through a hard-Left agenda. Today, surveys of likely voters show Republicans favored over Democrats on generic Congressional ballots by wide margins. That hasn’t happened since 1994, the last time Democrats tried shoving a government takeover of the health-care system down our throats. And that time, they weren’t trying to do it by the diktat of the Speaker of the House.

They think that you will forget all of this by November. In fact, they’re counting on it! But we have a message for them today, and for the rest of the year. We’re not going to forget how a small cadre of elites in Congress attempted to put a bill into law without a vote, are we? Will you forget how Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, and Barack Obama wrote these bills in backroom deals with lobbyists and then demanded votes before anyone could read what these 2000-page behemoths contained?

This is why it’s so important to keep the pressure on Congress. Don’t let them ignore us. Keep coming out to these rallies, and keep calling their Washington offices to tell them to kill the bill. Kill the bill! Kill the bill! Don’t let them forget it! Thank you!


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My big question is what happened to the Tea party movement when the Health Care vote is fast approaching?

Where is the grass roots movement?

Why no nationwide demonstrations?

Why no internet outrage?

Has everyone gone back to sleep?

Was the Scott Brown victory our last hurrah?

The majority of American voters don’t want this horrific bill, but they’re sitting by passively as these extremists move quickly toward passage?

Have we just stopped fighting?

Anybody?

Sweet_Thang on March 14, 2010 at 10:02 AM

Ed is such a vichy squish!!!
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blatantblue on March 14, 2010 at 10:07 AM

Good job ED.

jbinnout on March 14, 2010 at 10:07 AM

Sweet_Thang on March 14, 2010 at 10:02 AM

March 16, 2010, 9am-6pm at the Cannon House Office Building

April 15, 2010 at the Capitol Mall

I’ll be at both. How about the rest of you guys?

IrishEi on March 14, 2010 at 10:11 AM

Washington has forgotten that it represents the people rather than their own interests.

..That right there Captain is one of the main driving forces behind Conservative groups like the TEA Party and others.

Great job and congrats Captain…..

Baxter Greene on March 14, 2010 at 10:12 AM

Great job Ed, and all those frisky Minnesotans.

The coffee party is like a real tough bowel movement. Sorros didn’t have enough money to buy enough people, so CNN helped them out, with a tight close shot … Sort of what they did with that anti-War loon outside of Bush’s ranch … six people were there, but the tight close shot made it look like there were 100s if not thousands.

There comes a time when the lame stream media knows they are done, that time happened in August 2009. After that the DNC’s lame stream media parrot was tossed in the pot and cooked.

tarpon on March 14, 2010 at 10:12 AM

great job ed /thumbsup

trailortrash on March 14, 2010 at 10:16 AM

Excellent, Ed. Right to the point and spot on from top to bottom. Thanks for posting it for all to see and hear.

GoldenEagle4444 on March 14, 2010 at 10:16 AM

Oh God, I could not stop reading that in your voice.

GW_SS-Delta on March 14, 2010 at 10:18 AM

Sweet_Thang on March 14, 2010 at 10:02 AM

Seems that way, though there just may be a lull based on the reported corrupt methods that are to be used. When standing up, only to be ignored and marginalized by the MSM seems to be what will always happen, it may be time for the next level of action. That needs a motivating reason. Once the voice of the people has been ignored in no uncertain terms with illegitimate law shoved down peoples throats, peoples anger may rekindle.

I can understand the pause in action…what are people supposed to do? Washington was swarmed on 912 with hundreds of thousands of people and the event was washed from the press..legislators are afraid to meet their own constitutionals, etc, yet the corrupt machine lumbers forward like some evil Frankenstein monster.
The Maobama regime is completely dishonoring the will of the American people. They are not even slowing down..here comes environmental controls..amnesty of criminal aliens, and a takeover of education. This is their last push, and they know it. If they fail, the progressive liberal Marxist agenda is dead for decades to come. They are on the edge of exhaustion, but will not show it.
The real battle is far from over.

Itchee Dryback on March 14, 2010 at 10:19 AM

this business of ‘ruling’ on the Bill so they can say they didn’t actually vote for it is probably the most childish thing they’ve done to date. It might make some of the members happy but it will further enrage the Amercian people and it should. They honestly think we’re that stupid!!!

jeanie on March 14, 2010 at 10:19 AM

O/T:

Jim Geraghty just now on CNN: “I think at some point Rahm Emanuel will fire Obama”

Rovin on March 14, 2010 at 10:25 AM

Tea Party’s happening around Montana seemingly on a weekly (weekend) basis. Last weekend in Helena; this weekend in Livingston… The media here in Montana won’t report on these events, with the exception of a sentence here and there.

No surprise there. The media is in bed with Obama and the Progressives; hook, line, and sinker… They need to be shut down along with this bill.

Keemo on March 14, 2010 at 10:29 AM

Great speech Ed.

How angry will we be if Pelosi, Reid, and Obama try to jam this bill through Congress through chicanery and manipulation?

No ones knows … could get ugly.

darwin on March 14, 2010 at 10:30 AM

Obama refuses to lead the American people, not only because of his total lack of leadership skills, but because of his narcissim that will not let him accept any opinion other than his own. He is the Pied Piper. When you have lemmings, the cliff can’t be far away.

volsense on March 14, 2010 at 10:31 AM

Great speech Ed! You’ve got a very positive speaking style and a great sense of humor!

Wine_N_Dine on March 14, 2010 at 10:35 AM

Yeah, great speech.
With regards to the complicit state-run-media, there must
be a call from Tea Party central for
boycotts of all advertisers products that appear on CNN. MSNBC, et al.

Mr. Arrogant on March 14, 2010 at 10:39 AM

Really great speech, Ed. I hope you post it.
This is the week, guys. We can’t let up now.

gatewaypundit on March 14, 2010 at 10:41 AM

Palin/Morrissey 2012
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You did good Ed!

Metanis on March 14, 2010 at 10:43 AM

Well done, Ed. Unfortunately I have serious doubts that, should this monstrosity pass, turfing the Dems in November will result in its repeal.

ProfessorMiao on March 14, 2010 at 10:45 AM

BTW Ed:

Great speech, and you kept it to around 7 minutes. You’ve come a long ways since the early days of CQ! Good for you.

Keemo on March 14, 2010 at 10:46 AM

Well done, Ed. Unfortunately I have serious doubts that, should this monstrosity pass, turfing the Dems in November will result in its repeal.
ProfessorMiao on March 14, 2010 at 10:45 AM

Repeal is not the option here PM, IMO. If/when this bill passes, the next action will be when the Supreme Court throws the whole thing out for containing unconstitutional provisions—-mandates, among other illegal measures in the existing bill.

Rovin on March 14, 2010 at 10:51 AM

Thanks, Keemo — you should know, you’ve been there the whole way!

Ed Morrissey on March 14, 2010 at 10:52 AM

Ed, you rock! Looks like it was a positively balmy spring day in Minn-A-Soootaaa yesterday.

conservnut on March 14, 2010 at 10:53 AM

Great job Ed! You and Michelle are the only hope Minnesota has to shed the image of ignorance and apathy it has so deservedly earned.

csdeven on March 14, 2010 at 10:55 AM

Way to go Ed. And no we won’t forget come November.

AH_C on March 14, 2010 at 10:58 AM

How angry will we be if Pelosi, Reid, and Obama try to jam this bill through Congress through chicanery and manipulation?

No ones knows … could get ugly.

darwin on March 14, 2010 at 10:30 AM

They should raid their piggy banks and head to a safe haven. Coming back to their home states won’t be a place of safety for them.

chemman on March 14, 2010 at 11:00 AM

Obama refuses to lead the American people . . .

Lead? He’s not leading; he is pushing us(over the edge). I sense that the pushing back has started already.

Pelayo on March 14, 2010 at 11:01 AM

Sweet_Thang on March 14, 2010 at 10:02 AM

I have spent the better part of the last 18 months sending out O jokes and other journalistic prose to my e-mail list with usually no response except from the few that I knew would react positively. It has been sort of dispiriting going through the last summer, fall, and winter with little reaction. This week both my husband and I had the stomach virus(gotten from a Dr’s office) and it was particularly energy sapping. We are just getting back to normal after almost a week.
My e-mail was flooded with Tea Party info and also Obama stuff from people that I thought were going to be brain dead on this situation. Something is finally happening out there. Whether we can stop this insanity this week remains to be seen. I don’t think they have the votes. They need to kill it and work on the economy, but they have no expertise in that either. There isn’t a Democrat alive that knows how to fix this mess nor has the will to do what needs to be done. Obama doesn’t want it fixed so we have more rabble-rousing to do.
Our S-I-L has a saying about Democrats. It isn’t that they don’t “get” it, they don’t “want” to get it. This is the mentality of Dems.

BetseyRoss on March 14, 2010 at 11:01 AM

Keep this up Ed, and I will be forced to award you one of these.

AP on the other hand will never see one. :)

conservnut on March 14, 2010 at 11:01 AM

Rovin on March 14, 2010 at 10:51 AM

While they may throw out parts of the bill I’m not convinced that they will invalidate the whole thing. McCain-Feingold is being rolled back piece-meal even though it is an obvious restraint on political speech.

chemman on March 14, 2010 at 11:02 AM

They should raid their piggy banks and head to a safe haven. Coming back to their home states won’t be a place of safety for them.

chemman on March 14, 2010 at 11:00 AM

Think of the jobs Obama could create, (or save), if Dems had to build a greenzone in every district. (and would this be considered a “green-job”?)

Rovin on March 14, 2010 at 11:06 AM

They honestly think we’re that stupid!!!

jeanie on March 14, 2010 at 10:19 AM

I’m not sure the people have given them a reason to think otherwise. For the illusion of personal peace and affluence people have been voting away their rights a little at a time for the last 100 years.

chemman on March 14, 2010 at 11:07 AM

Great speech Ed. I’m glad you had a great time.

Brat4life on March 14, 2010 at 11:12 AM

The event drew thousands of people, which makes them about 100 times more newsworthy than the “coffee party” gatherings that drew tens of people … three tens of people in St. Louis, for instance, which garnered CNN’s attention.

Frustrating. Thanks Ed.

29Victor on March 14, 2010 at 11:14 AM

Sweet_Thang on March 14, 2010 at 10:02 AM

AND ALL OTHERS WANTING INFO ABOUT THE MARCH 16th MARCH IN D.C.!
http://www.freedomworks.org/blog/bpeck/join-the-peoples-surge-against-obamacare-20

IrishEi on March 14, 2010 at 10:11 AM

ALSO HAS A LINK.

Cybergeezer on March 14, 2010 at 11:17 AM

WE NEED MASSIVE DEMONSTRATIONS AGAINST THE STATE RUN MEDIA, ALSO.
THERE ARE METHODS TO GET THEM TO RESPOND TO OUR VOICES.

Cybergeezer on March 14, 2010 at 11:20 AM

Barrack Obama has more than 10 times the contributions from the healthcare industry than does any other member of Congress.
See this chart.
Question: Why does the industry want this?

Cybergeezer on March 14, 2010 at 11:47 AM

It takes a man of guts to use the word behemoth in a speech. Nice job, Ed!

John the Libertarian on March 14, 2010 at 11:56 AM

I have serious doubts that, should this monstrosity pass, turfing the Dems in November will result in its repeal.
ProfessorMiao on March 14, 2010 at 10:45 AM

If they use that “Slaughter proposal” or whatever they’re calling it now (where they don’t actually vote but merely “deem” the Senate version of the bill passed), there’s a good chance the whole thing will be invalidated by the SCOTUS. The Constitution clearly says bills are to be passed by a yea or nay vote from members. Hard to imagine 5 justices going along with this “deeming” crap.

AZCoyote on March 14, 2010 at 12:07 PM

Good speech Ed, looks like it was cold?

whbates on March 14, 2010 at 1:23 PM

well done, Ed. Kill the bill!

Mallard T. Drake on March 14, 2010 at 1:59 PM

Thumbs up, you hit a lot of great points.

Dr B on March 14, 2010 at 2:14 PM

Middle of the Target Cap’n

“Let’s Roll”

On Watch on March 14, 2010 at 2:32 PM

As always, Ed, your erudition and delivery are on the money.

Thanks for all of your hard work.

molonlabe28 on March 14, 2010 at 2:42 PM

Great job, Ed!

aquaviva on March 14, 2010 at 4:02 PM

American Power tracked-back with, ‘Ed Morrissey at ‘Kill the Bill’ Rally!’.

Donald Douglas on March 14, 2010 at 4:11 PM

Great speech.

Cindy Munford on March 14, 2010 at 4:53 PM

And no Teleprompters.

Seriously, good job, Ed.

steveegg on March 14, 2010 at 7:54 PM

Top notch Ed!

hoakie on March 14, 2010 at 9:07 PM

Greatest respect. Thanks Ed.

obleo on March 14, 2010 at 9:54 PM

Great job, Ed!

We all must keep up the pressure on Congress to Kill The Bill!

If we are succesful, the lives we save may be our own!

Anybody who supports Democrat-Care must be voted out of office in their Primary election or in November!

Please keep us posted on the names of conservative candidates who are running against liberal incumbents!

wren on March 15, 2010 at 2:24 AM