13 September 2009

Now That's a Crowd

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Jonn from This Ain't Hell was at the rally and has some good photos, along with some shots of LaRouchers do whatever the hell it is Lyndon LaRouche people do. El Marco has some great ones too. But, overall, the theme of the massive DC tea party seems to be less "Teh Crazy" and more about a grassroots uprising against the past 8 months where Obummer has put America on a pretty dangerous path towards collapse. Matt Welch has a good report and puts the crowd in 6 figures (it doesn't look like the inauguration did, so I'm a tad skeptical of Malkin's 2M number), but what do I know, I wasn't even in-country?

Despite lame characterizations by the Obots that this was some redneck hate fest, Matt Welch offers some better insight:
Nineteen out of 20 signs were hand-made. My favorite was "Stop spending our tacos. I love tacos." The most popular were variations on "Don't tread on me," "You lie," complaints about Obama's "socialism," warnings about the 2010 elections, references to the deficit or big spending, critiques of Obamacare, and (especially) cracks about various czars (including not a few that equated czars with Soviet Communism). Godwin's Corollary was satisfied on multiple occasions, including "Hitler gave great speeches, too," "the Nazis did national health care first," and someone comparing Obama's 2009 with Hitler's 1939 (alas, we didn't get to ask him whether America was about to invade Poland). Michael Moynihan did have a nice chat about George Marshall with the fellow holding a sign saying "McCarthy was right." There was an "Obama bin lyin," "Feds = treason," "Birth certificate," and "Glen Beck for president." Greatly outnumbering such things were references to the constitution, taking our country back, and so forth.
Pretty good and straight up observations, so read the whole report. Or you can head over to the far-left Americablog where Joe Sudbay comments with disdain "this wasn't the healthiest looking group of people who were descending on the Capitol" while he was on his "15 mile run". He's definitely holding up the progressives are smug douchebags stereotype, although pushing a politically-correct lifestyle on to everyone else has been a goal of liberalism for as long as I can remember. I wish some of these luminaries would self-examine their own policies that have been dominating America's politics for the last 8 months and ask themselves why so many Americans would spend their weekend marching on Washington.

13 comments:

Jonn Lilyea said...

"Nineteen out of 20 signs were hand-made."

Everyone knows that a protest looks better when the participants are all carrying the same yellow ANSWER-created sign, all with the same slogan.

What's with these wingnuts, anyway?

Average American said...

Saturday was a GREAT day for America! It's about time people stood up for what they believe.

Nicholas Blendy said...

I was in DC that day and there were probably about 30,000 - 50,000 people there, so any figures cited higher than that amount I would be very skeptical of. I don't entirely understand how President Obama is a mixture of Hitler + Castro + Superhitler + Chavez, but it's nice to see the People exercising their right to protest under any circumstances.

Nicholas Blendy said...

On second thought, I'd buy a figure of 100,000.

NateSF said...

So much for the million white man march. >.<

DaveC said...

Here's the Reason video clip for Nicholas and Nate, so they can figure out what the deal was about: government spending too much money now - without listening to the people - that will result in higher taxes (and by definition less freedom) for everybody, in the near future.
video

subrookie said...

I'm glad everyone showed up. And, I'm even more happy the CNN crew got chants of "Glen Beck" over their broadcast. The left has been more than happy to ask the question "why didn't you show up when Bush was raising the deficit?" but I think we all felt like both presidents have gone off and increased spending out of control. Obama has spent more in 9 months than Bush did in an 8 year term.

I'm tired of being told that because I don't agree with the Obama health care plan I'm a racist. What's more true is that the left isn't ready for a black president. I couldn't care if the guy was purple, but they seem more hung up on his color than I am.

J. said...

If you're rationalizing the 9-12ers as rational people,, well, can't help you there. I can help you and Michelle Malkin get an accurate crowd estimate from ABC News though. Here's a clue - it wasn't in the six or seven figures.

It's sad that there are so many crazies fearing for imaginary policies that haven't been enacted, as opposed to the left's concern about what Bush administration has already done. What an ugly message and crowd.

Kanani said...

Fun read and glad you were there.

MKotyk88 said...

I love the picture. I've got to remember that saying.

Nixon said...

J.,

You compared the situation to Bush, but you forgot to make some charges of racism to cover up the stench of failure that lingers over the Obama administration.

Joe said...

I did what every good American would do and passively-aggressively twitter'd about it. What's the difference between standing in the grass in D.C. with a stupid sign or sitting at the computer saying stupid stuff, anyways?

I'm back in business, by the way.

Grung_e_Gene said...

So? Once the election happens then nothing the people say matters anymore until the next election. I'll be more impressed when all these "millions" vote.

You had input. The American people have input every four years, and that’s the way our system is set up.