Sen. Lieberman Staffer Threatens Tea Party Organizers (VIDEO)

Picture 61Today, Tea Party Patriots from across the nation spent most of the day in DC visiting a variety of Senator’s offices to express our opinion that they should not pass the health care reform bill currently before the Senate.  Most staffers were polite enough, though usually we were not permitted any time to speak with a Senator or senior staff.  However, clearly the Tea Party Patriots were making their presence known in the Senate office buildings as we executed operation Government Waiting Rooms.  As we sat waiting to speak to Senators who wouldn’t show their faces, we got the feeling of what it would be like in government controlled health care system;  lots of waiting and no results.

The day turned far more interesting when we heard that Senator Joe Lieberman was on the fence.  Three of us decided to head up to the seventh floor to see if the Senator would spare a few minutes and speak with us about his position on the pending bill. Accompanied by fellow Tea Party Patriot National Coordinator Sally Oljar, and California Patriot Michael Greer, I entered Lieberman’s office and we asked to speak with him.  We were advised that he wasn’t there, but as we had done in all the previous offices we had visited, we indicated that we’d be happy to wait for him.

Unfortunately, Sen., Lieberman’s staff reacted quite differently than all the other staff we had encountered.  The gentleman who appeared to be in charge told us that we had to leave the Senator’s office.   He kept repeating that the Senator would not be meeting with us, and that he wanted us to leave.  As we sat peacefully in the small waiting room, I simply responded to him by telling him that we were happy to wait.  When he again insisted we leave, we engaged in a civil discussion where we advised him that as citizens, we felt we had a right to be there, in a building which we pay for.  Finally, he threatened to call the Capitol  Police and have us arrested for “loitering.;”  We advised him to do whatever he needed to do, but that we weren’t leaving.

Eventually, six armed Capitol Police arrived.  One officer entered the waiting room and advised us that the staffer was asking us to leave, and that if we didn’t leave, we’d be arrested.  I asked the officer if it was a police request that we leave, and told him that we were law abiding citizens and would leave if he asked us to.  He seemed hesitant to do so, and ultimately left the room to speak with the staffer without asking us to leave.  After several minutes of pow-wow between the officers and the staffer, we decided to leave before the situation escalated further.  It was clear, with six officers on hand, they did intend to arrest us.

All across the country, Senators refuse our calls, ignore our emails, throw away our letters and refuse to meet with us.. Today — in the Senate office building — Senate staff literally threatened to arrest three members of the Tea Party Patriots, including two National Coordinators.  When one of the most “moderate” Senators threatens to have well groomed, quiet, cooperative tea partiers arrested simply for sitting in the office waiting to meet with a Senator, it is clear that representative democracy is on its death bed in this country.

Sound too outrageous to believe?  Watch the video and see your government at work.

Mark Meckler is on the Board of Directors of Tea Party Patriots and is a national Tea Party organizer.

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  • Willi
    I refuse to sit idle while I see my country turn into a Marxist, Socialistic cesspool. Every country that has violated property rights has turned into a Hell Hole and right now if we do not stand for the One thing that has protected our Natural rights for about 233 years……, we will lose the very thing that makes this country worth a damn.

    An Open Letter To The President, Congress and Supreme Court:

    Sirs and Mesdames:

    You have ONE JOB: Your only job is to do one simple thing, You SWORE an Oath to uphold and defend the United States Constitution. That is your only job: HONOR your Oath of Office and Protect and Defend the United States Constitution and defend the Liberty of the People. Anything else you do is inconsequential.
    1. Prove the eligibility of Obama by showing a real Birth Certificate with real facts. The one on his website is not the official Birth Certificate.
    2. Cease and desist all Co2 and AGW legislation until the Unbiased FACTS are revealed. Do a complete Investigation of Climate Gate.
    3. Cease and desist all deliberation on signing any treaty that cedes US Sovereignty: this includes Copenhagen Treaty, Codex Aliminatarius, Health care legislation, Jay Rockefeller’s internet control bill! This is an act of Direct TREASON ON YOUR PART if you or anyone CEDES US Sovereignty to any entity or acts Contrary to the Constitution.
    4. CEASE and DESIST all unconstitutional laws that do not fall into Article I section 8 of the US Constitution. You have no authority to legislate on issues not specifically enumerated in the US Constitution.
    5. Honor your Oath of office and OBEY Amendment 9 which states: "The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others RETAINED by the PEOPLE".
    And Amendment 10 which states: "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are RESERVED to the States respectively, or to the People".
    6. Repeal the Patriot act! It is unconstitutional because it violates the bill of rights right down the line. Do I have to remind you that Amendment IV states: The right of the People to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
    7. Stay out of FREE SPEECH! Amendment I clearly states: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceable to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances".
    8. Complete Audit of the Federal Reserve. The FED is unconstitutional from the start. The genesis of the Federal Reserve was passed with 3 Congressmen in the dark of night. The constitution is very clear who is supposed to have the authority to coin money: CONGRESS! You must STOP making unconstitutional laws.
    9. It is not constitutional for you to allow the courts to pass laws according to Article III. You are overburdening the system with bills and laws you KNOW are unconstitutional.
    The Constitution does not give authority to you, our government representatives to lie to us and deceive us, nor does it give authority to the government to act without the consent of the people. When government no longer looks out for the best interest of the people, the government ceases to be the rightful, legitimate government, and as such, it is time to abolish the entire government. "But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security".

    • roxann

      Amen lets take it to the supreme court and impeach the democrats and harry and nancy and all that are taking away our civil rights and constatution

      • Willi

        Absolutely. At this point we must continue to exercise the 1st Amendment. Publish, post, print, and fax everyone on the Hill. I use AmericanVoice(dot)com … with 3 clicks of the mouse you can fax 567 of them in one step. Join me there. And spread the word.

    • Mikhail Pananakovich

      Agree with all Willi. I would also add the Income Tax as well which is an unconstitutional fraud foisted upon the American people.

      • willi

        Our Constitution is the last Bastion of Freedom in this world. If we lose this Constitution we will lose every thing. We will become a Socialist Country and lose all our individual rights. God Gave us the Natural rights and Our Government has no authority to remove or hinder those rights. The Constitution simply enshrines the protection of our rights and those in power are failing in their only job as far as their oath of Office is Concerned. Nancy Pelosi has completely ignored her Oath of Office and Harry Reid ignored his Oath of Office also. Our Nation is in Dire danger of becoming a Socialist country. Socialism strips all individuals of all their property rights and thus all in those socialist states have no rights. God did not create man kind to live in slavery of a Socialist state. Socialism is for babies. If you need mommy to give you your food and your housing you are truly a baby with no brains. Only babies can not take care of their own needs. You have no right to have equal things, you only have the right to have equal protection under the Law. ….

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  • Aaron

    This is an irrelevent video, everyone knows that both Congressmen and Senators do not just meet randomly with people who wish to experss their opinions…especially if you are not in their districts. Staffers are usually the most influential individuals elected officials have when it comes to passing legislation, they take their advice over most others. By denying to speak with staffers, the "Tea Party Patriots," had no purpose being in the senator's office, and should have left without causing a stir. To upset a senator who will most likely vote against any public option, including an expansion of medicare is foolish and counterproductive.

    • foolish aaron

      you're completely wrong aaron. yes they show more preference to their local constituents but this is an extremely common way that groups show displeasure to any representative, in the house or senate.

    • iowa dawg

      gonna have to agree with "foolish." big groups do this all the time. and i'm pretty sure us tea partiers know how to prevent bills since we've pushed this healthcare one from july to present day with still a possibility of it not passing in its current form. no more public option, no more buy-in, i think the tea party patriots are being VERY effective…ALL grassroot groups are like freedomworks and more!!!

    • Freemom

      Aaron, "Staffers" DO NOT vote on the floor of the Senate. It is fine to speak with staffers….but no substitute for the actual elected official…if the "staffers" are more influential than the constituents then the SENATOR has to go…He works for us.

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  • Willi

    Look, the last time I looked we are still a Constitutional Republic with the Constitution as the Supreme law of the land, and Amendment 1 protects the people's right to Petition the Government for a Redress of Grievances. Those people have EVERY RIGHT to be there and to SEE the man. So Mr Arron, unless you choose to live in a Marxist, Communist, or Socialist and Maoist country, I suggest you look and read the Constitution.

  • Guest

    As a former FreedomWorks employee, I must say that yes, many times senior staff would take the time to meet with us even if we just dropped in, so yes, it was fine to stay and hope someone would talk to them to get their point across.
    Also, LA's (legislative assistants) do specialize in certain areas of legislation and the elected officials rely upon them to know and communicate the facts and recommend the appropriate vote based on the ideology of their boss. One thing people who spend time lobbying Congress figure out quickly is that the entire country is being run by 25 year olds. Very scary!!!

    • Ben

      Yes of course because older people are always much smarter and better at getting things done. What ageism! And I suspect reflects the whole tea party movement: a bunch of old people bitching about the young generation and hearkening back to a fictional history they see as being better than today.

      • urb0123

        Ageism, ahem. Please view the video very entertaining at the link and pay particular attention to the mathematical proof.

        Mind you, this is true no matter what age you are.

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  • Mikhail Panankovich

    Email sent to Lieberman:
    I understand you are a busy man, but I thought I would bring to your attention an obscure bit of legislation of which you may be unfamiliar. In part it reads, "Congress shall make no law…abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances." it is called Article I of the Constitution that you swore to uphold.

  • Mikhail Panankovich

    The Tea Party representatives were not loitering Joe, they were acting within their rights as Americans and you treated them like criminals. Our capitol is the property of the American People. The space within the Capitol that you call "my office" is also the property of the American People. The American People, by our good graces, permit you to use Our space in Our Capitol and to hold the esteemed position in Our Government that you do. As I stated at first, I understand that you are a busy man, if you cannot take 3 to 5 minutes to speak with concerned American Citizens out of a particular day, politely make an appointment for another day. If you are too busy to have a few words with them ever, then perhaps the American People can lighten your schedule for you by removing you from Our Office in Our Capitol.

    • Tea Party Davis

      Nice piece Mikhail well said! Joe Liberman is Liberal Trash and needs to be removed from congress! I'm betting this will be in the near future with the help of the Tea Party.