I went to DC for the rather rapidly organized protest on the Crapper, er, I mean Capitol Steps yesterday. It was very informative on a few counts.
1) Despite there being very little publicity and little formal organization, it appears that there were about 20000-40000 people there. This is especially amazing in that it was the middle of the week and most of us found out about it Monday night.
2) After a few protests, we're getting pretty good at it, and more importantly, getting much hotter. On 15 April, we could barely muster a halfhearted "Enough is enough". Yesterday, a decent number of people around me were openly flipping off (yes, the 1 finger salute) the capitol in time to a song from the Who. Soon open tormenting of Queen Nancy appeared, with several chants of "We want Nancy" soon to be followed with several versions of "Nancy, will you come out and play?", all suitably mocking. The crowd was openly and highly angry, with frequent signs of rage. Very frequent were the angry calls of "Traitor" and "Treason". Next stop on the emotion meter, wrath! We will skip the odd chant here and there calling for a little firmer, more aggresive line in dealing with them, but be aware that the chants were there. Whether they were someone about to lose it, or if they were provacateurs, I don't know, but one way or another, I believe they represent an increase in the likelihood of an incident. Just a side note: Nancy looked scared after 9/12. She'll be terrified after this. I'd hate to think If I was her that I was the most hated person in America, next to Osama bin Laden.
3) The capitol police were very visible and very highly armed, carying M4's. They also appeared to me to be a little on edge, much more so than on 9/12.
4) Lastly, the leaders of the elephant party still don't get it. First, Michele Bachmann gets up and speaks, Fine, no problem. She organized the event, promoted the event, and most importantly, has taken a visible leadership role for the Constitution for some time now. Then the non-politicians spoke, i.e. John Voight, the postman from Cheers and a few others. No problem there as well. It then turned into a Republican campain stop, with every Republican from the House, getting up and giving the same useless boiler plate statement. The crowd started leaving at that point. I can see a lot of challanges to incumbants in 2010, if we make it that far. I'll give that a 20% chance that we make it that far.
Friday, November 6, 2009
A Threeper report on the "House Call" Rally yesterday
My thanks to Z for this report.