More than 10,000 turn out for Tea Party in Houston

According to preliminary figures based upon turnstile counts provided by Sam Houston Race Park officials, more than 10,000 people turned out Monday night for a North Houston Tea Party Patriots gathering at Sam Houston Race Park to protest Nancy Pelosi’s Affordable Health Care for America Act (HR-3962), big government spending and overzealous government leadership.

Crowds packed the field at the Sam Houston Race Park and cheered loudly as speakers called for the people to take control of the American government.

Houston radio talk show host and TV anchor Joe “Pags” Pagliarulo was present during the turn out and said,

“This isn’t about ‘I can’t stand Barack Obama’ — this is about ‘I can’t stand a government that will tread on me,’ ”

Many came with homemade signs which could be seen throughout the crowd with slogans such as “Don’t Tread on Me” and “Term Limits Now”. One T-Shirt bore “I am a Tea Party Patriot — I will defend our Constitution”.
North Houston Tea Party
The crowd enthusiastically showed support for more constraints on the government and more personal freedom.

“Taxes are going up because we have to pay for health care for people who are here illegally,” Pagliarulo said. “We have to pay for health care for people who don’t want health care … We’ve got a government that’s run amok — we’ve got a government that doesn’t care about you or me. It cares about power, it cares about control.”

Attendees stressed that Monday’s event — and their support of it — was not partisan in nature. Several of those in the audience said they feel all political parties have stopped listening to the people and that voters feel like they no longer have a voice in Washington.

Everett Cochran of Montgomery, who attended the rally with his wife, Donna said,

“We vote primarily Republican, but they don’t seem to be that much different anymore than Democrats. Nobody in the party apparently is listening to what the moderates to conservatives are saying — all they’re listening to is the moderates to the liberals.”


Laureen Jones and Joan Orozco of The Woodlands said they attended to protest government spending as well as government-run health care. Orozco said,

“Basically, I think the country is going in the wrong direction quickly. I think the Constitution is being violated. People are tired of being told what the government is going to do to them.”