Yes, I was there. Yes, it was amazing.
The most telling sign was the one with a man holding a megaphone shouting “Can you hear us now?” Since 9/12/2009, the message from the President, from Congress and from the media has been a very resounding “No!”
As this very wide angle photo of the protest shows, there probably was in excess of 2,000,000 people there. As a participant, it was not possible, from a person’s eye view to see everyone, to even get a grasp of the magnitude of the protest. When we saw estimates in the tens of thousands, we knew that was hooey, but 2.7 million, well that sounded like wishful thinking…until I saw this photo.
The interviews that are missing are the interviews of the hotel staffs where many of us spend the night, the restaurant maitre d’s where we went for lunch after the march. Find out what they think of the tea party patriots. Do we deserve the vitriol spewed at us? Are we just a bunch of crankypants, old bigots who are suffering the death throes of our cherished white supremacism?
No, we are the people who fought and died to arrive on these shores. We are the people who began protesting slavery over 400 years ago when we first learned of it. We are the people who flooded the shores of Normandy and left a carpet of dead behind us. We are the people who passed civil rights legislation in opposition to the Democrat party time and time again, only to watch them ignore it and fund the KKK to kill our fellow citizens, black and white. We are the people who cared for and fed one another during the depression. We are the people who love this nation for what it was, for what it is and for what it can be.
It will not be another failed socialist state. That is not an option.
Since 9/12, Acorn has been defunded and the nationalization of health care has been pretty much derailed. Both can be resuscitated if we stop watching, and we know it. We are no less vigilant today than we were on 9/12/2009 or 9/12/2001. We know when we and our nation are in jeopardy. And we will not close both eyes simultaneously as long as we are.
Call us whatever names you want. We were all bullied in school just like everyone else…in fact if you talk to most of the bullies, they thought they were bullied too. We learned how to deal with it. We learned that words from someone else’s mouth cannot harm us without our agreement. We may have cried over it, but we didn’t forfeit our identity over it, and we did not become weak or embittered over it. So go ahead, spread your vitriol and spew your malice. We don’t care what you think or say because you have long since forfeited our respect.
As I posted before, we want a laissez faire government, and we want to go back to our lives, our children our homes, hobbies and dreams. We won’t do it though, until we know it is safe to do so. And the longer it takes, the more annoyed we are going to become. Just because we are not the kind of violent, degraded, debauched people who populate liberal protests, do not think we cannot make our weight felt. We will find a way, it will be legal, but that doesn’t mean it will be pleasant for the people assaulting our nation and Constitution.