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Transcript: Cindy Crenshaw, 8/22 Rally

August 23, 2009

The following is the complete transcript of Cindy Crenshaw’s remarks at the August 22nd Health Care Freedom Rally:

My Thoughts On Where My Country Is Heading

by Cindy Crenshaw, Proud American, Air Force veteran

I really appreciate these fine people with Sooner Tea Party for letting me speak with them today. For quite awhile now I have been very concerned with the direction our lawmakers in Washington DC have been taking this Country. I am an American who is extremely worried at how rapidly our freedoms are being stripped away from us.

I resent the fact that we have a President who proves by his actions that he does not like America. He apologizes to other world leaders for America’s past actions, and is friendly with dictators. I am very proud of America, we have done more good for the world than any other country.

In addition to having a tyrannical President, we have lawmakers who are above the laws they themselves have passed! They too don’t seem to like their country, and I know for sure they hate anyone who speaks out against them! They boldly call us un-American, Nazis, terrorists just because we are speaking out against policies we know are damaging to our way of life. I was sickened when I read the DHS report that said I was considered to be a terrorist threat just because I was a Veteran who was opposed to my Federal Government. These politicians must be stopped, and the American silent MAJORITY must be silent no longer. I have seen so many things happen so quickly, that I just had to say ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! Our freedom is at stake here. For goodness sake, I lost my legs in a terrorist attack, and now my government officials think I am a terrorist??? No, those people in DC don’t represent me!! And I am not going to just sit back and let them get away with this!

Today 2.6 million Americans have lost their jobs just since Obama took over the Whitehouse. Unemployment rate is 9.5% and climbing. What happened to his promise of 3-4 million jobs created, and unemployment no higher than 8%? Obama has taken over the Auto Industry, US Financial Systems, Housing and Banking, and now he and his administration have their eyes on our healthcare.

The politicians in Washington are trying to destroy the greatest healthcare system the world knows, and not because they are inept, no, this is a deliberate power grab, the Liberals have been trying to do this since the 1960s, because they know if they control our healthcare– they control us.

Now many say the VA system of healthcare is working great, and the American people would benefit greatly with a system like it. I have received care in the VA since I was retired, and while I have received good care most of the time, I have always had the choice to go to private doctors and pay for my care myself, which I do often. In the VA system, I may have to wait a month or two to get an appointment, and there may be quite a long wait time even with a scheduled appointment. When the entire Country is forced into this system, care will cease as we know it. Right now in fact care is being rationed. Many of the Veterans coming home from Iraq and Afghanistan are limited on the type of care they can receive, and they have a time limit on receiving care from the VA. If this healthcare bill HR3200 passes, I won’t have the option to go out and see a private doctor, and neither will any other Americans, except the politicians, because they won’t be covered under this same plan, and neither will their families.

The politicians tell us 46 million people are uninsured, and it’s CRITICAL that we pass this bill so those people will be cared for. That is a lie, pure myth. 9 million of those 46 are already on Medicaid; 3.5 million are eligible for existing government coverage; 20 million can afford insurance but choose not to buy it. That leaves us with 13.5 million uninsured- mostly accounted for by the illegal immigrant population of 7 to 20 million people (who will all, by the way, be covered under Obamacare). So do the math, that leaves the number of Americans without healthcare virtually nil. Let’s fix the programs we already have, expose and get rid of the fraud and waste. Legislate TORT REFORM for goodness sake! Common sense dictates that it would be better to start there. Medical costs would go down considerably!

But remember, this isn’t about what’s best for Americans, it’s about the power of the ruling class. Listen to this quote from Pravda, Russia’s leading newspaper:

“It must be said, that like the breaking of a great dam, the American descent into Marxism is happening with breathtaking speed.” Even the Russians see it. Do we?

The Stimulus bills were rammed down our throats, along with Cap and Trade, and now the politicians are trying to do the same with HR3200. I believe all of this is unconstitutional. The politicians didn’t read the bills before they passed them, they didn’t give the people the truth about them, or the time to debate the necessity of the bills, but they did authorize that the taxpayers fund them. Does taxation without representation ring a bell? We need to hold these lawmakers accountable who voted for these abominations, and let our voices be heard now and in 2010 at the ballot box, in such a great turnout that voter fraud won’t make a difference. I think that is the only way we will get these professional politicians to take note, and lets not let their ACORN CRIMINALS or Union THUGS scare us from our goal of removing these LAWBREAKERS!

I would like to end my talk with a few quotes I think you will find notable.

Obama’s Science Czar John P. Holdren said this: ”There exists ample authority under which population growth could be regulated…It has been concluded that compulsory population-control laws, even including laws requiring compulsory abortion could be sustained under the existing Constitution if the population crisis became sufficiently severe to endanger the society.”

He also said, ”All the children who are born, beyond what would be required to keep up the population to a desired level, must necessarily perish, unless room be made for them by the death of grown persons.” Who will choose which children must perish, or which grown persons??

Sounds like the Obama Adm. Has plans to control the American people from the moment of conception to the last breath we take.

Let me remind you of what our great President Kennedy said: “A nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people.

Would President Kennedy recognize his party today? Would he recognize the Republican Party? I don’t think so.

My last quote to share with you is from the late great Ronald Reagan at his 1967 gubernatorial inaugural address where he noted: “Perhaps you and I have lived with this miracle too long to be properly appreciative. Freedom is a fragile thing and is never more than one generation away from extinction. It is not ours by inheritance; it must be fought for and defended constantly by each generation, for it comes only once to a people. Those who have known freedom, and then lost it, have never known it again.”

Why are the politicians trying so hard to silence us? Because they know the power of the spoken word! It was spoken words which tore down the Berlin Wall, and I know in my heart we can save our Country if enough of us speak up! Thank you so much for letting me speak to you today.


To see the transcripts of other speakers, click on the following Transcripts link and see the posts that have “8/22 Rally” in their titles. The Sooner Tea Party will be posting the transcripts for all of the speakers who agreed to allow us to do so as soon as possible.

Transcript: Larry Goss, MD, 8/22 Rally

August 23, 2009

The following are the speaking notes Dr. Larry G. Goss forwarded the Sooner Tea Party for his remarks at the August 22nd Health Care Freedom Rally:

National Health Care or the Nightmare of Unhealthy Care

by Dr. Larry G. Goss, M.D. and Sooner Tea Party member

·       Why are we here today?

·       Why am I here today?

·       It  was many years ago during the Viet Nam war when as a scared 2nd Lt I raised my right hand and swore a sacred oath to …”preserve, protect and defend the Constitution against all enemies, both foreign and domestic!”

·       When I left the Army, I was not told to raise my left hand and undo that oath.

·       Today, 41 years later, it is still as valid and honorable as that long ago fall day in 1968.

·       Today there are many enemies to our Constitution, and unfortunately, many of them are domestic.

·       And that is why I am here today, to do my duty with honor and courage for my country and for my fellow Americans.

·       That is why we are all here today.

·       It was George Washington who said “Government is not reason.  It is not eloquence.  It is force. Like fire a dangerous servant and a fearsome master.”

·       We must contain this “dangerous servant” or it will become our “Fearsome Master!”

·       I am here to talk about National Health Care or more correctly the Nightmare of Unhealthy Care.

·       That this legislation is blatantly unconstitutional is obvious.  There is nothing in Article I Sec. 8 of the U.S. Constitution that gives the federal government any authority to impose a National Health Care Plan (Socialized medicine!) on Americans!



·       Most of the current cost of medical care has been driven by government i.e., Medicare mandated bureaucratic regulations that Medicaid and private insurers also adopt.

·       It has been estimated that these burdensome requirements account for at least 75% of every health care dollar today.

·       40 years ago in Oklahoma, an office call was $3.00, and a busy physician could have a large practice with just one full time nurse, and perhaps a part-time receptionist/bookkeeper.  Now a physician is hard pressed to run his office with at least 4-6 full time employees and several more part-time employees/consultants!  These employees have little to do with direct patient care and all of these people have salaries and benefits that must be paid.

·         As just one example of current mandated costs imposed on physicians and other health care providers, ask any practicing physician about the costs of “Prior Authorizations” requirements in their offices today.  Then multiply this cost by the hundreds of thousands of physicians practicing in the United States today!

·         I would estimate these wasteful costs to be $5 to $10 million dollars DAILY for each 100,000 doctors today!

·       That the proposed Obama Health Care Plan (Socialized Medicine) is an improvement is ludicrous, and flagrantly dishonest.  This absurd legislation is going to increase the bureaucratic costs even more astronomically! (Please see Organizational Chart of the House Democrat’s Health Plan at,.jpg)


·       HR 3200 mandates a new 8% payroll tax on employers with 10 or more employees.

·       This new tax would, in effect, force lower income employees to take an 8% pay reduction: $1,600 yearly for a $10/hour employee.

·       HR 3200 attempts to fund this draconian program by fining any individual (i.e. small businesses) with before deductions income of $280,000.

·       Political appointees would make “Comparative Effectiveness” determinations to deny medical care recommended by a patient’s physician.  These bureaucrats would be paid based on these denials. The more denials, the more they are paid!

·       It is planned to reduce physician payments by 21% in 2010 in order to save $240 billion from the government’s already astronomical budget deficit.

·       This will have an extremely detrimental effect on access to medical care in rural and inner city areas, and on small struggling physician’s offices.

·       HR 3200 also does nothing to address another of the most significant engines driving health care costs: tort reform to control frivolous lawsuits.  Malpractice insurance costs are another considerable factor driving up the costs of medical care for all Americans.


·       Section 246 of HR 3200 states: “NO FEDERAL PAYMENT FOR UNDOCUMENTED ALIENS.”

·       However, there is no enforcement provision in this section.  This means that US taxpayers will be paying for the free medical care of illegal aliens!

·       Rep. Dean Heller, R-Nev., offered an amendment that would have required the Federal Government to use the same database, already in existence, to check eligibility for welfare recipients to ensure illegal aliens are not in the proposed health care plan.

·       The House Ways and Means Committee rejected the Heller amendment on July 17th in a straight party line vote!


·       I heard Obama claim that this was just an ugly rumor and was not true.  However, he has also admitted that he had not read HR 3200.  We have, (hold up disc) and I am here to tell you it is true!

·        (Tell joke about bus wreck full of politicians!)

·       Section 1233 of HR 3200 mandates a government requirement for “Advance Care Planning Consultation.”  This is required “end of life” counseling for senior citizens.

·       Betsy McCaughey, former lieutenant governor of New York, and a health policy expert, states the “consultation” is “no more or less than an attempt to convince seniors to die.”

·       “One of the most shocking things is page 425, where Congress would make it absolutely mandatory, that every five years people in Medicare at age 65 have a required counseling session,” she said.  “They will tell (them) how to end their life sooner.”

·       Incredibly, it also includes a suggestion for euthanasia: withholding the “use of artificially administrated nutrition and hydration”!

·       The message is clear: “Do what is in society’s best interests, and cut your life short!”

·       Obama Care suggests that medical care be withheld from a person based on the expected years they may have left to live.  This is blatantly unethical and a total violation of a physician’s Hippocratic Oath!

·       News Flash!  I have just been handed a bulletin from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control reported that life expectancy in the US has reached almost 78 years, a record high!  Federal health officials also reported that the death rate has reached an ALL TIME LOW OF 760.3 DEATHS per 100,000 people!

·       Folks do we really want to destroy our current health care system that has given us such improvements in medical care and prevention in order to implement socialized Obamacare?

·       Obama Care plans to get us at both ends of Life!

·       Sec. 1714, Pg. 769-770 Federal government mandates eligibility for State Family Planning Services, which means taxpayer funded abortions.

·       To date there have been 9 amendments put forth HR 3200 and the senate version to ban taxpayer funded abortions.   All 9 amendments have been defeated.  The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that without specific language to prohibit funding of abortions in Medicaid, they must be publicly funded.


·       Health sections in the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act gives government bureaucrats access to your personal electronic health records.  Allows these bureaucrats to make health care decisions for you!

·       Allows authorization of the “Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology.”

·       National Coordinator will monitor treatments to make sure the doctor is doing what the federal government deems appropriate and cost effective!

·       “The National Coordinator will be able to enforce his decision as to what is appropriate treatment through sanctions against health care providers!”

·       Penalties against doctors would “deter health care providers from going beyond the electronically delivered protocols.”

·       The Stimulus Law calls for a single electronic medical record for every U.S. resident by the year 2014 and provides access to those records to “… the government, and other interested parties.

·       In Sec. 163, Pg. 58-59, the government will have real-time access to an individual’s finances and bank accounts.


·       In HR 3200, is a “Limitation on Enrollment” section on page 16 which states that those who currently have private individual coverage won’t be able to change it and those who change jobs, or become self employed will not be able to obtain private medical insurance!

·       This will mean the death of the private insurance market/industry.

·       120 million or more will lose employer group coverage and be forced to accept the government plan.

·       This will also likely mean the end of health savings accounts, thus giving final and total control of healthcare to government bureaucrats.

·       HR 3200 contains 1,018 pages of new regulations that will require a person to buy whatever insurance the government demands before any other necessities of life. If you don’t you will be taxed or fined!

·       HR 3200 imposes additional income tax surcharges that will push top tax rates over 50% in 39 states.

·       HR 3200 will penalize employers 8% of average paid wages if the employer does not offer acceptable (to the federal government) coverage.  This alone has been estimated to kill 5 million American jobs!

·       HR 3200 is expected to cost over $1.6 trillion over the next 10 years, but this is probably an underestimate.

·       The new Government Insurance Company will not be subject to lawsuits, will not be subject to state regulations, not subject to federal or state taxes, OSHA regulations, EPA regulations, and on and on!

·       There is simply no way any private insurance industry can compete with the planned government behemoth.

·       And so Obama and the government gets what they wanted all along, complete control.

·         Is that what we really want? For ourselves? For our children? For our grandchildren?


·       The solution to this lies within all and in each of us and also in the building 100 feet behind me.

·       We MUST remind our state legislators that the federal government is NOT sovereign over the states.  That under the US Constitution, Article 1, Section 8, and under the 9th and 10th Amendment, it’s powers are limited and confined.

·       Several States have already began moving to abolish this unconstitutional takeover of our health care by the process of state nullification.

·       This is the process that the Great State of Oklahoma MUST pursue, and quickly!

Over two hundred years ago Patrick Henry said “Give me Liberty or give me Death!”  Today, at this time and in this place, for myself and all Americans, that statement should be “I choose Liberty or I choose Death.”  It is becoming increasingly clear that those two choices are the only ones available to us.

May God Save and Bless our Republic!


To see the transcripts of other speakers, click on the following Transcripts link and see the posts that have “8/22 Rally” in their titles. The Sooner Tea Party will be posting the transcripts for all of the speakers who agreed to allow us to do so as soon as possible.

Transcript: Al Gerhart, 8/22 Rally

August 23, 2009

The following is the complete transcript of Al Gerhart’s remarks at the August 22nd Health Care Freedom Rally:

How Far Will you Go?  The National March on Washington D.C.

by Al Gerhart, President, The Carpenter Shop, Sooner Tea Party Co-Founder

Good morning Oklahoma …

Did you ever wonder about the Hollywood movie stars, why some fall apart under the stress, sometimes ruining their lives with drugs or alcohol?  It is the anxiety that eats into their guts, the real anxiety that comes from not earning what is given to you.   Lately we are anxious and troubled with the current state of our country.  We are troubled because we have not earned our freedoms, we know that what is not earned is easily taken away. It has been there in the back of our minds, unspoken, but now we are awakening.

I’m not sure exactly what it was that made me start to wake up, it could have been listening to some of our more educated customers voicing their concerns, it could have been the economy hitting bottom, or maybe it was listening to my sweet little wife yelling at the Television set.

Once I did start  pay attention, the magnitude of this mess sank in.  The national Republican leadership is not much better than the Democrats, both are spending our children’s and our grand children’s future taxes to buy elections.  Slowly I realized just how much trouble our country was in and realized that if something was to be done, it would be up to the citizens.

Well, we the people have done well this summer.  You guys packed the Tea Parties and Town Halls and put fear back into the politician’s hearts.  Now they are looking forward to September when they think they can scurry back to Washington D.C. and get away from the heat.  What do you guys think, are we done with them yet?

I thought so.

My friends, we are not done, we are going to Washington D.C.    On Wednesday, September 9th, thousands of citizens from across the United States will begin to arrive in Washington D.C.   On Thursday, we petition our congressional members, On Friday we attend training seminars to learn how to organize.  On Saturday, September 12th, we March in Protest on the Capitol, we march in protest of the madmen in Washington D.C.

Convoys of carpools are being planned all across this great land, trains, buses, and airplanes have been reserved to carry patriots to deliver a resounding message, to stop the irresponsible spending, to stop the loss of our liberties.

We Oklahomans are going to march behind an Oklahoman flag.  Sooner Tea Party members, OKC 9-12 members, even a convoy from the Tulsa Tea Party They are meeting up with another convoy from Memphis.  But, we need many, many more Oklahomans to be there for the Protest March.   Carpools of four can make it for under $120 per person if you leave early Friday morning and drive all night.  If you leave on Thursday night, and stop for a motel a few hours outside of D.C., it can be done for less than $150 per person if four people share a motel room.  Plane tickets bought in advance are less than $300 round trip and there are $75.00 motels in the D.C. area if you are the adventurous type.  There are even D.C. area residents opening up their homes for those with limited funds, bring a sleeping bag and they will put you up for a few days.

If there is enough interest and enough money is raised, we could charter buses.  Groups of 48 people could travel for under $250 per person.  Two drivers would allow driving through the night, or $280.00 would cover a Thursday departure with a Friday night stay outside the beltway.  If we don’t raise enough for a bus, we use the donated cash to sponsor proxy car pools or plane fare.

Many of you will say, I can’t afford to go or I don’t have the time.  You might say your family comes first, that times are tough, spending money going to D.C. is out of the question.   I know, I can’t really afford to go, but if I do nothing, I wonder if there will be a middle class left that can afford my work?  This massive takeover attempt of our health care system is just the start, Cap and Trade is coming, they will attempt to regulate the small farmer out of existence, and Hyper inflation will happen once the world realizes how just much money Obama is printing.

If we do not take a stand, these politicians will destroy the very fabric of our great country.  The liberal agenda and globalization has gutted our industrial base, once we were the arsenal of democracy, generations of Europeans and Asians owe their freedom to America might and the sacrifice of our selfless veterans.  Will we be able defend liberty again?  Will we even have liberty here at home?

That my fellow citizens is why we will March on Washington D.C., for the generations to come, for our own conscience.  Who among you want live out your days knowing that when your country needed you the most, you were too busy or were unwilling to spend a few hundred dollars to defend your rights?

We need to take a couple of days, shut this state down, and just go give them a piece of our mind.  Politicians say that a dozen letters is enough to make them pay attention, what are they going to do when a million U.S. taxpayers show up on their doorstep?  They spend trillions on stimulus programs, but the best possible stimulus for consumer confidence is proof that this madness is being stopped.

I am asking every one of you to get involved in this March on D.C..  If you can’t find a way to go gather ten friends or family members and help someone else make the trip.  Twenty dollars each will send someone that has the time but no money to travel.  If you own a business, sponsor one of your employees or give all of your workers a long weekend off to attend.  If you can go but lack enough funds, we will try to find a carpool and some sponsors for you.  If there is no possible way for you to go or help others to go, make a sign, find an overpass or park your car on the side of the road and cheer on the ones that are making the trip.  Drive as far as you can with the convoy, take videos and photos to send to the T.V. station. Just do something,

We are going to send buckets through the crowd to collect donations to be used to send people to Washington D.C.  Checks are fine, any amount will help, and I can promise you the money will go for that purpose only and that we will spend your hard earned money well.  If you want to donate to our group to help out with the future Tea Parties, there are donation buckets at the sign in tables for that purpose, these buckets are for the March on D.C.

For those unable to go to Washington D.C, we are considering a watch party here in Oklahoma City.  Sign up on our email list and we will send you more details on the March on Washington and the Watch Party in the coming weeks.  In the mean time, keep calling those congressional members, go to the town hall meetings and ask the hard questions.  Please Continue saying “Enough”, continue the process of taking this country back.

I want to close by sharing the best advice I ever received in my life, that if you truly want something, pay the price and seize what you want.  My countrymen, we need to pay a price for liberty, to end the anxiety in our lives.  If we do that, freedom is ours to pass down to our children.  So please join me in Washington D.C. on Saturday, September 12th.

Thank you.


To see the transcripts of other speakers, click on the following Transcripts link and see the posts that have “8/22 Rally” in their titles. The Sooner Tea Party will be posting the transcripts for all of the speakers who agreed to allow us to do so as soon as possible.