At a rally on Capitol Hill to "educate our fellow Americans about the difference between socialism and freedom," Tea Party Patriots Chairman Jenny Beth Martin said her organization and conservatives in general are concerned that people are blindly giving in to socialism without realizing it will "infringe on their natural rights."
“We are just making sure that we are educating our fellow Americans about the difference between socialism and freedom,” Martin said. “We have seen that everywhere where socialism has been tried it has failed and we don't want that.”
The “Stop Socialism, Choose Freedom Rally” was held on the West Lawn of the Capitol on Thursday, 2019.
“In honor of our 10 years of strength, we are heading back to Washington, DC … to send a loud message to Washington and the entire nation that the American people DO NOT want to see America become a socialist country,” said the Tea Party rally organizers online.
“There is a growing trend towards socialism coming from the radical left-wing in this country and it’s time to stand up against it once and for all,” they said.
“We don’t want Obamacare expansion,” they added. “We don’t want Medicare for All. We don’t want single-payer health care. We don’t want the government to pay for college tuition. We don’t want the government to forgive student loans. And we sure as heck don’t want the government raising taxes to pay for it all.”
The Tea Party Patriots movement started on February 2009 with protests against government intervention, and advocacy for free enterprise. In April 2009 the Tea Party Patriots movement rallied with more than 250,000 people for tax cuts and against the proposed reforms of health care.
Ten years later, on Thursday, they movement rallied to help “stop socialism,” Jenny Beth Marin. Speakers included senators and representatives and people who had migrated to the United States from socialist countries.
The crowd was smaller than expected. However, those who were there said they were fully engaged in what they believe is their mission of “bringing awareness on the dangers of socialism,” as Robin Whitworth, one of the attendees, said.
“I figured if there were five people, I would be number six,” Whitworth said. “You state what you believe and if you are in the majority, that is wonderful. If you are not in the majority you try to gain the majority's opinion, win them over to your side.”
Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas), an ally of the Tea Party movement, spoke during the rally.
“Socialism says let's do everything that isn't working and let's go back and do even more of it,” he said. He also criticized the Democratic candidates who are trying to run for president.
“How many of you have been foolish enough to watch these Democratic debates?” Cruz asked the crowd. “It is twiddle dumb and twiddle dumber. You see those embracing positions as they gallop further and further to the left.”
“Every one of them is saying, ‘we are raising taxes’ … all of them are supporting open borders, they are saying ‘we are going to provide free, taxpayer healthcare to every illegal alien in America.”
Conservative talk-radio host Mark Levin also spoke during the rally. He criticized the Democrat candidates, stressing that they want to advance a socialist agenda and replace the rights and rules of the Constitution and Bill of Rights.
“We are here today because we believe in one word, Liberty,” Levin said. “Socialism is the opposite of liberty. Under socialism you surrender your heart, your soul, and your mind to Elizabeth Warren, to Bernie Sanders, to Corey Booker, and all the rest of them.”
“I’ll be damned if we are going to swap any of them [Democrat candidates] for any of our Founding Fathers,” Levin said. “We need less government, more liberty. We need to go on the offensive. They talk about taxing wealth, where is that in the Constitution?”
Some of the other speakers included Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah), Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.), author Jennifer Zeng, Debbie Dooley, head of Conservatives for Energy Freedom, and U.S. Army National Guard hero Alek Skarlatos, who helped stop a guman on a Paris-bound train in 2015.