By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers
The Senate on Tuesday is going to look like a war zone as hundreds and maybe thousands of tea party activists plan to take over offices to play the role of patients waiting for government healthcare. Activists tell Whispers that some will even pretend to die while waiting. Senate staffers say that they are already making plans to work around the protesters.
Activists are being urged to meet near the Senate at 8:45 a.m. Tuesday to get their marching orders. The call was first made on the website www.taxdayteaparty.com, home to the so-called Tea Party Patriots. According to the site, the group is also eager to prove wrong Democratic claims that the movement has lost steam.
The website says:
"It is time, once again, to flex our muscle and exert that influence to hold the line in our fight against the government takeover of healthcare. The Senate is busy working on the details of a government run health care bill and they would like to pass it as quickly as possible. Some of them are under the false impression that we've given up and gone away just because they haven't heard much from us in the past few days. And those senators who have not made a final decision on how to vote are in danger of leaning in the wrong direction. We must remind them that our steadfast opposition to a government takeover of health care is as strong now as it has been all along."
The site provided this plan for Tuesday:
"On Tuesday, December 15 at 8:45 AM thousands of us will meet in Washington, D.C. at the fountain in Upper Senate Park. From there we will march to the Senate offices, go inside, and demonstrate our opposition to the government takeover of health care. We call this plan "Government Waiting Rooms". The intention is to go inside the Senate offices and hallways, and play out the role of patients waiting for treatment in government controlled medical facilities. As the day goes on some of us will pretend to die from our untreated illnesses and collapse on the floor. Many of us plan to stay there until they force us to leave. A backup location for this demonstration will be announced if they block us from entering the offices.
"We need as many of you as possible to be there to make our point loudly and clearly. Please make plans to attend. We know it's a sacrifice to do this right before Christmas. But throughout history American Patriots have made far greater sacrifices than this to protect our liberty. Now the burden (and the honor) falls on us."