Author Archive

Following Months of Dramatic Debate in U.S. House, Healthcare Bill Could Meet Demise in Senate

November 13, 2009

60 Votes Needed To Advance Groundbreaking Redesign of Healthcare Industry, Leaving Little Room For Error

As U.S. House members assess the political gains and losses associated with their votes on the multi-trillion dollar H.R. 3962 (the ironically named Affordable Healthcare for America Act), the U.S. Senate prepares to debate similar legislation in what Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) promises to be a much quicker battle. Initial voting could take place as early as Tuesday of next week. Activists on both sides, not having the official “Blue Dog” designation to guide them, have been working feverishly to identify the few perceived fence sitters that might be swayed by grassroots pressure. With successes swaying “Blue Dog” Congressmen throughout the south and elsewhere, the attention of Tea Party groups has turned to centrist, southern Democrats like Kay Hagan (D-NC). While Senator Hagan is not up for re-election until 2014, her vote on this piece of legislation will likely be a key factor in her re-election bid. Judging by the votes ultimately taken by North Carolina’s house delegation, including the last minute decision by Rep. Heath Shuler (D-NC) to oppose the bill, it has been made clear that a plurality of the people who will decide Hagan’s political fate do not support the type of reforms currently on the table.

Vince Kreul, a representative of Huntsville Tea Party, feels the tide is turning in favor of conservatives that want to see a more common sense approach to healthcare reform. “While the arm twisting of house leadership and the Whitehouse was enough to get 2 cushion votes on Saturday, the deep rift in the Democrat party was pushed into the spotlight. In the senate, Democrats don’t have 39 irrelevant votes to sacrifice in conservative districts. They must win every member of their party or the bill will never see the light of the senate floor. What this means is they will be asking red state Democrat senators to fall on their swords for an unpopular piece of legislation. While the leadership might be okay with that, those individual senators will be much more difficult to convince. Senators like Kay Hagan will likely be faced with choosing between re-election or voting for this healthcare plan.”

“Middle America has been a sleeping giant for years. The daily use of words like ‘deficit’ and ‘trillion’ have created a stir that doesn’t appear to be slowing down. Elected officials in both parties need to take heed, as an energized grassroots force with no centralized loyalties stands ready to hold them accountable. Heroes and villains will be made on the senate floor with this healthcare debate, and we pray that unlike Saturday’s vote, the heroes will rule the day and stop this unfunded, tax filled, life restricting mandate,” said Kreul.


Obama calls for “informants” to report anyone that is subversive to the healthcare takeover…

August 4, 2009

In a blog post, the Obama Whitehouse calls for supporters to email information to them about anyone that is saying negative things about the healthcare takeover. This Gestapo like tactic pits citizens against citizens in an effort to shut out the growing opposition to the healthcare takeover. This should raise hairs on the back of any liberty-minded American and generate screams of opposition.

Using tax-dollars and union thugs to stump for a bad piece of legislation is bad, but calling on Americans to report their fellow citizens for opposing said legislation exceeds the bounds of anything most of us could even fathom happening in our “free country.”

Please join with us in rising up against this usurpation of all things American, call your legislators, call the Whitehouse (from a disposable phone), and let Obama know that this is NOT acceptable behavior, now matter how much his legacy might ride on accomplishing the takeover.

Rep. Griffith figures out that he lives in a Republican district, channels conservative ideology in healthcare meeting in the Shoals

August 4, 2009
Rep. Griffith figures out that he lives in a Republican district, channels conservative ideology in healthcare meeting in the Shoals
FLORENCE–Rep. Parker Griffith (D-AL) visited the Shoals area on Monday to discuss the healthcare reform effort being prodded through congress by the Obama administration. He visited with healthcare professionals that echoed the increasing hesitance of Americans to support a government run public option. Times Daily (Florence)

Huntsville Tea Party Movement organizers on Tuesday commended Griffith for taking the right stand on what has become the most hotly contested policy debate in several decades. “We were nervous about Griffith at the beginning of this debate. I honestly think the people of North Alabama made their voices heard, and Griffith simply couldn’t deny that we don’t want this government takeover,” said Vince Kreul, one of the organizers of the popular Tea Party events.

“This is a perfect example of the importance of calling your congressmen and making your opinion known. They may not change their mind with one call, but with 1,000 or 10,000 calls they are hard pressed to ignore the people. We urge each and every constituent out there to call Griffith, and encourage him to rally his fellow Blue Dogs to unify in opposition to a public option takeover,” Kreul said. Blue Dogs that have come out in opposition to the public option include Bobby Bright (AL-2), Travis Childers (MS-1), and Parker Griffith (AL-5).

Bart Gordon votes to exclude abortion, then changes vote, calling is pro-life vote a “mistake.”

August 1, 2009

Pro-life group blasts Bart Gordon for vote to
allow tax-funded abortions in health care bill

Tennessee Democrat first voted for ban, then against

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A statewide family values group Friday blasted Rep. Bart Gordon, D-Tenn., for casting the deciding vote late Thursday to kill an amendment to the U.S. House of Representatives’ health care reform legislation that would have prohibited the use of tax dollars to pay for abortions.

Full text of amendment:

Ron Shank, Savannah, director of the Family Policy Network of Tennessee — — said Gordon “betrayed every Tennessean who believes prenatal children have an inalienable Right to Life, and he added insult to injury by casting the deciding vote to force us to pay for abortions, including horrific late-term abortions that brutally terminate those children’s lives.”

“We hope every pro-life Tennessean will join us in demanding that Congressman Gordon tell us which pro-abortion group or lobbyist threatened him, cut a deal, or promised him a campaign contribution sufficient to change his vote from opposing taxpayer-funded abortions to supporting them,” Shank said. “We hope every Tennessean will join us in urging Gordon to vote against Nancy Pelosi’s trillion-dollar socialized medicine, rationed healthcare, and abortion-funding scheme altogether.”

Shank pointed to official House Energy and Commerce Committee records available online, which indicate that Gordon was one of eight committee Democrats who earlier Thursday evening had joined all 23 committee Republicans in voting in favor of the pro-life amendment when it was initially approved by a vote of 31 to 27. (Roll call: )

Committee records indicate that two hours later, however, Chairman Henry Waxman, D-Ca., used a parliamentary maneuver to bring the pro-life amendment back up for reconsideration. This time, it failed by a vote of 30 to 29, with Gordon flip-flopping to cast the deciding vote against the amendment. (Roll call: )

The Associated Press reported late Thursday night regarding Gordon’s flip-flop:

“There was late-night drama in Waxman’s committee as an anti-abortion amendment passed when conservative Democrats joined Republicans to support it — then failed less than two hours later when Waxman used a procedural maneuver to bring it up for a second vote. In the intervening time, one conservative Democrat — Rep. Bart Gordon of Tennessee — changed his vote from ‘yes’ to ‘no.’ And a second conservative Democrat who hadn’t voted the first time — Rep. Zack Space of Ohio — voted ‘no.’ It was enough to take the amendment down on a vote of 29 to 30. The measure would have specified that health care legislation moving through Congress may not impose requirements for coverage of abortion, except in limited cases.”

Instant Tea Party, 12 pm July 17, Clinton Ave post office

July 16, 2009

There will be an “instant tea party” on July 17 across from the post office in downtown Huntsville. Bring letters to Parker Griffith, and signs protesting Obama-care. 70 of us (most allowed by the police), will be walking over to Parker Griffith’s office to hand deliver the letters. Please join us for part or all of this event as we try to stop Nancy Pelosi for the first time in this congressional session!

This bill is 1/5 of our GDP and will completely devastate the US economy and the quality of our health care system. Now is the time to say ENOUGH!!!

Mini-Tea Party

May 14, 2009

Hi, Guys,

Let’s concentrate our efforts next Thursday on May 21st by visiting the office of our elected official, Parker Griffith, in person to let him know what we as his constituents want face to face.  There are many hot issues that are on the table now, including Nationalized Health Care, Amnesty, Cap & Trade, the Hate Crimes bill, and FCC actions that would result in silencing talk radio and freedom of speech.  Let’s tell him how we want him to vote for us!  Parker Griffith’s offices are:

Washington, DC Office
417 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
Phone: (202) 225-4801
Fax: (202) 225-4392

Huntsville District Office
2101 Clinton Ave. W.     Suite 302
Huntsvile, AL  35805
Phone: (256) 551-0190
Fax: (256) 551-0194

Decatur District Office
302 Lee St. P.O. Box 668
Decatur, AL  35602
Phone: 256-355-9400
Fax: 256-355-9406

Shoals District Office
1011 George Wallace Blvd
Tuscumbia, AL  35674
Phone: 256-381-3450
Fax: 256-381-7659

Please visit the one that will be closest to you on Thursday!  Even though he will not be at the offices, our presence will be powerful.  If you are unable to physically go to an office, please call and fax.  If you are on this email list and your elected official is not Parker Griffith, please go to that person’s office.  I am working on contacting other Tea Party organizers in Alabama to see if we can all do this together.

And don’t forget, these concerted efforts are important, but we need to be calling our elected officials and putting pressure on them every day about these issues for as long as it takes!

Find out who your elected officials are here:

Have a great day,

Christie Carden

The Huntsville Tea Party Movement, Inc. (non profit organization) – Founder

Huntsville Independence Day Tea Party – Event Coordinator

Nationalized Healthcare

May 13, 2009

Hi, Guys!
Hope you’re all well.  I just wanted to bring your attention to an issue that we all need to act on..
Nationalized health care is on its way, folks.  Obama campaigned on it, provisions for it made their way into his budget, and now today President Obama and House Democratic leaders have pledged to pass a bill by July 31st.
We have got to work hard to stop this bill, and start now.  Obviously, nationalized health care goes against everything the Tea Party Movement stands for: it is fiscally irresponsible, it will grow the government tremendously beyond its intended role and take away more states’ rights, it will take away the individual’s liberty to choose their own health care, and it will completely destroy the industry’s free market system which will in turn affect other aspects of the free market in our economy.
We can look around the world and history to see that nationalized health care does not work, but leads to a lack of quality and available options in health care as well as bankruptcy (something especially unwanted in a time when our country is already trillions of dollars in debt.)  As Americans we need to make our voices known loud and clear..  Please contact your representatives, put the pressure on (for them to not only vote against it but speak up and oppose it), and keep the pressure on for as long as it takes.  Amnesty was stopped a few years ago by Americans speaking up.  Let’s do it with nationalized health care.
There are a few Democrats that have voiced oppostition to nationalized health care, at least nationalized health care at this time.  Chuck Schumer (NY) has said, “Healthcare I feel strongly about, but I am not sure that we’re ready for a major national healthcare plan.”  And Kendrick Meek (FL) has said, “The money is not necessarily there right now to enact the plans.”  Please put pressure on these representatives to oppose nationalized health care.  If you know of any others who are wishy-washy, please let me know so we can put pressure on them, too.  I’m sure there are more.
Thank you and keep up the good work!  If you have anything similar you wish to share, ideas or news, please post them on our Tea Party Forums at  Let’s get working together and keep working together.
Also, a quick note about the Tea Party: we are currently working on setting up our tax status so we will be able to take donations to cover the cost of things such as the website, location permit, event liability insurance, marketing, etc.  Will keep you updated!  Visit the Contact Us tab on our website to volunteer.
Christie Carden
The Huntsville Tea Party Movement, Inc. (non-profit organization), Founder
Huntsville Independence Day Tea Party – Event Coordinator

July 4th Tea Party at Jaycee Fairgrounds

May 12, 2009

Plans are in motion! We have received permission from the Jaycee to use the Fairgrounds, near Joe Davis Stadium, for our Independence Day Tea Party on July 4th! We are going to have barbecue (sold from a local vendor) from 7:00pm – 8:00pm, speakers again from 8:00pm – 9:00pm, and then you are all invited to stay and watch the Joe Davis fireworks afterward! The fireworks will start at the end of the baseball game, between 9 & 10. Feel free to bring lawn chairs out. We just ask that you do not bring any alcoholic beverages.

We want this to be a patriotic day of honoring our troops and celebrating the birth of our great nation, as well as protesting, again, the issues that are central to Tea Party patriots and that we feel are detrimental to our country’s future: too much government spending, too much government debt, too much government intrusion, etc. Mo Brooks will be MC’ing the event again, and so far we have three featured speakers lined up: Lester Phillip, Mary Scott Hunter, and Roger Richardson. Lester is a father of three, a former Navy pilot, runs his own catering service in Madison, and will be running for Congress for District 5 in 2010. Mary Scott Hunter is a mother of three, a former Air Force Major, and runs her own technology company. Roger Richardson has worked in economic development at several universities, is currently working for Alabama A&M University, and is an ordained Methodist minister.

Please join us on this special day when thousands around our country will rally together once again in a “Nationwide Tea Party” to bring about the true reform our country needs through the common sense principles that have proven to be effective: fiscal responsibility, limited government, individual freedoms, and the free market system. As we will be recognizing on our country’s Independence Day, many have fought and paid dearly to preserve the precious freedoms given to every American in our Constitution. We do not intend to lose this fight.

If you are looking for a way to get involved before the Tea Party and help us prepare and execute a spectacular event, please feel free to join one of the Tea Party Committees listed on the website here: Committees

The marketing committee will be working hard. We had approximately 3,000 people at our Tax Day Tea Party on April 15th. Let’s try to get 6,000 – 10,000 out to this event!! Please spread the word like crazy. Let’s try to get all of Huntsville to join us in the festivities on July 4th. As soon as we have them, I will let you know. They can be forwarded via email or printed out and distributed around our communities.

Our fight is not an easy one, and remember that the Tea Parties are a rallying call. The real work that will make our movement successful is getting involved and staying involved in politics on all levels of government. Here, in Alabama, there is a primary election coming up for State Representative seat in District 6 on 5/26/09, and there is an election coming up for State Senate seat in District 7 on 6/9/09. Please pick the candidate you would like to see elected and help their campaign before the vote. There is much we can do.

We are still working on getting an interactive website running that will serve this Huntsville Tea Party Movement. It will be a place for hundreds to go to share information, activist opportunities, and political news, etc. It will also be a place full of resources and tips for us to use. Will let you know when it is up and running. To get involved in nationwide Tea Party interaction, there are two great websites that I recommend: and

Also, please don’t forget about the interactive facebook group we have already for The Huntsville Tea Party Movement, here

Some videos of the April 15 event

April 18, 2009

The Beginning of a Movement!

April 18, 2009

The Huntsville Tax Day Tea Party was a great success!!  We had approximately 3,000 people show up, we had 6 speakers total:  Christie Carden (the organizer), Dale Jackson (morning radio host for WVNN), Mo Brooks (Madison County Commission for District 5), Paul Sanford (in the Republican primary run off for State Senate seat in District 7), Sam Givhan (also in the Republican primary run off for State Senate in District 7), and Chuck Bailey (with  We also had voter registration, a petition, a table for gathering contact information for future events, and a table for Fair Tax.

This movement is just now beginning!  The Tea Parties are just a rally call and a way to make our voices known.  Stay tuned into this website for updates on future activist opportunities and future Tea Parties.  We mean to carry out our goals: pick politicians we need to replace, put politicians in office who will fight for and preserve our Constitution, and hold elected officials accountable to limited govt, fiscal responsibility, and the free market.  Please join our new facebook group “Huntsville Tea Party Movement” if you are able!!  Hundreds of us are already there.  There is a discussion board, and it is a great way for us to plan and collaborate on all of these things…