Tea Party Rallies For Smaller Government In America

CHICAGO (WBBM) — A few hundred people rallied in Daley Plaza at noon for the Tea Party – for a better America, they say, and a smaller American government.

They started with the Pledge of Allegiance: “One nation, under God, indivisible…”

Indivisible? Perhaps. But these Tea Party supporters are ready to part ways with the current thinking in Washington, Newsradio 780’s Steve Miller reports.

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Activist Jonathan Hoenig, who held a sign saying “Not My Brother’s Keeper,’ says he doesn’t want the government to tell him what to do.

“I help a lot of people, said Hoenig, of Chicago. “I gave a guy a dollar on the way over here on LaSalle and Madison, but I do it out of my own self-interest and not because centralized planners in Washington tell me to.”

U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh – a Republican from the northwest suburbs – attended the rally. He said he’s refused his congressional pension and health care benefits.

  • Mike

    Does anyone else find it funny that these tea-party dimwits spelled their sign “Government Gone W$ld” Isn’t the $ commonly used to replace the letter “s” not the letter “i”. Not surprising considering the policies these people have been championing.

    • jack

      Ahhh, Mike. So typical….when you lose the argument, resort to name calling. Grow up!

    • teri

      Not funny that the government is wildly out of control. What are you doing about it, Mike? Petty criticism, you’re the dimwit.

  • NWA

    So, Joe “cause my momma thought it would be cool to name me Joe, because our last name is Walsh, then I could be named after a famous Eagles band member” Walsh. Oh, and I tried to steal the use of the real “Joe Walsh’s” song. The question is: Why didn’t you have your T-Party rally closer too were you live?


  • Katie

    These ‘dimwits” as you call them are trying to make a better country for idiots like you! Are you happy with the job our government is doing? Do you like being taxed to death and having our “civil servants” getting rich off of us? While people in this country are starving and unemployed and losing their homes? Maybe you’re the dimwit, Mike. And so is anyone else who thinks the current regime is looking out for us.

    • Sam

      Funny how the dimwits always have money for wars, but never money for America.

      • teri

        See comment from Jack to Mike….same applies to you Sam.

  • Bob

    Mike, good observation but meaningless point. There are no rules for using a dollar sign as a substitution so it is really an individual thing. Certainly it got the point across, as you noticed it. Spending I$ out of control.

  • Moderate Independant

    Too bad the TeaParty is based on hypocrisy and bigotry. They want smaller government when it comes to protecting big business and helping the poor but they ALSO want BIG government if two consenting adults of the same sex want to get married or if you look like you may be “illegal” or if you choose to have an abortion or if you choose to worship any religion other then Christianity or if you choose NOT to have a religion… the list goes on as does the Tea Party hypocrisy and bigotry.

    Don’t confuse my disdain for the Tea Party as approval of what is happening now in government but these guys are just waaaaay out there and are just to dumb/blind to realize it and if they want an independent’s vote, the GOP better learn to be moderate if they want my vote ever again

  • Sam

    It’s a good thing for the fascists that the ‘centralized planners’ built them a plaza to hold their rally in and constructed a transportation system for them to travel on to get there. If it wasn’t for them pesky commies they would have had to just meet in a local beer hall, like in the good ole days.

  • C.Jennings

    Where was the Tea Party when George W. Bush was spending all of the Governments money? Where were THEY!!!!!!

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