The 9-12 Taxpayer March on Washington in the nation’s capitol Sunday began at the Washington Monument and concluded at the Capitol building where thousands in attendance heard from grassroots conservative leaders like former House Majority Leader Dick Armey (R-Texas), Erick Erickson of RedState.com (an HE sister publication) and Andrew Breitbart of BigGovernment.com.
Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.), Chairman of the House Republican Conference spoke at the rally where people from around the country again made their presence known on Capitol Hill by the thousands.
Pence’s remarks as prepared for delivery:
“I’m Mike Pence. I’m from Indiana. Welcome back to your nation’s Capitol!
“I’m sure the press is going to focus on the numbers again, at this and other 9-12 events. But the only numbers that really matter are 51, 218 and 1.
“In 51 days, there will not be 218 Democrats left in Congress, and one liberal from San Francisco will no longer be Speaker of the House!
“The truth is there is nothing that ails this government that could not be solved by paying more careful attention to the principles enshrined in the Constitution of the United States.
“And the Pelosi-led Congress is about to get a crash course in the Constitution, especially the meaning of ‘consent of the governed.’
“We, the governed,
• Do NOT consent to a government takeover of health care and will not rest until we repeal Obamacare — lock, stock and barrel!
• We do NOT consent to runaway federal spending by either political party. And we demand an end to the borrowing, spending and bailouts once and for all!
• We do NOT consent to one more failed stimulus bill. The American people know we can’t borrow and spend our way back to a growing economy.
• We do NOT consent to higher taxes on any American in the worst economy in 25 years. When did higher taxes ever get anybody hired?
“No American should face a tax increase in January …not one. We will not compromise our economy to accommodate the class warfare rhetoric of this administration.
“You know, it is becoming more clear every day (to paraphrase one of my heroes) that a recession is when your neighbor loses his job, a depression is when you lose your job and recovery is when Nancy Pelosi loses her job!
“You have come to our nation’s Capitol at a historic moment in the life of this still-young republic.
“A nation conceived in liberty has come of age in bondage to big government. We’ve lost respect in the world. We are going broke. The American dream is dying and our social and cultural fabric is unraveling.
“People are scared. If we do not succeed in November, all that once was good and great about this country could someday be gone.
“But we will remember in this November and every November to come, not only our rights under the Constitution, but our duty to defend them.
“November 2nd is not about controlling the reins of power. It is about reining in the power!
“America is not about free stuff; it is about freedom.
“But this is the moment, now is the time, to take your stand for what makes this country great.
“And as you take to the field in the next 51 days to do freedom’s work, know this: you will not fight alone.
“Engraved on the Liberty Bell are words of admonition from an ancient text. It reads, ‘Proclaim liberty throughout all the land and unto all the inhabitants thereof.’ The Old Book also says, ‘Where the spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.’
“Translation: when we proclaim liberty, when we do freedom’s work, we make His work our very own.
“Men and women of the 9-12 March, the time has come to take our stand. We must not be afraid, and we must fight for what has always been the source of American greatness: our faith in God and our freedom.
“And if we hold that banner high, I believe with all my heart the good and great people of this land will rally to our cause.
“We will win this Congress back in 2010 and win this country back in 2012 so help us God.
“Remember in November, and let’s give them a November they’ll never forget!”