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Are You Listening, Washington?

September 13, 2009

Yesterday, 9/12, two million patriotic Americans stormed the streets of Washington to protest against the socialist push for higher taxes, bigger government and exploding deficits. 

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It was an entirely grassroots effort, led by Glenn Beck and funded by lobbyist groups such as FreedomWorks, The Competitive Enterprise Institute, The Ayn Rand Center for Individual Rights, and Americans for Tax Reform, just to name a few.

In the spirit of 9/12, 2001, a day when we were all deep in a fog of shock, sorrow and terror following the worst attack on American soil in history, these heroes rallied for a return to the good old days…

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As to their three main grievances, higher taxes, bigger government and exploding deficits, a return to the good old days isn’t such a bad idea. President Obama has already given 95% of Americans a tax cut they didn’t have when Bush was in office. Cutting the size of government will be more difficult, since the previous administration presided over the largest expansion of government since FDR. And Bush turned the budget surplus he inherited into the largest deficit in history. Barack Obama inherited a one point three trillion dollar debt the day he took the Oath of Office. Reigning in healthcare costs will do a lot to fix that mess.

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There are, of course, other issues these patriots are against, such as Death Panels and White House Czars. The President has taken about as strong a stand as possible that he wants to reform the current Health Insurance Death Panels which reject people with preexisting conditions and refuse to pay up when folks get sick. Unfortunately, Obama hasn’t been able to end the proliferation of White House Czars, which were invented by Richard Nixon and fully blossomed under the Reagan regime.

I hope republicans from coast to coast paid attention to those angry protesters. We are sick and tired of disastrous right-wing policies that have brought this great land to its knees. If the GOP doesn’t wake up and smell the coffee, they may go the way of the dinosaur. Two million people can’t be wrong.

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19 Comments leave one →
  1. September 13, 2009 6:04 pm

    Apparently darling you have it wrong. It is Republicans and Democrats for years and years now. It is just this new Administration (whether or not it is Republican or Democrat) just pushing it over the edge where we will not stand for it anymore. The lies, corruption, unconstitutional ways of doing business within Washington, and this Adminstration is just carring on with politics as usual for Washington. Obama isn’t going to be able to do shit…come November of 2010…for Congress as everyone has known it…will be a changing. I want to see them all gone…all 100 of them.

    • September 13, 2009 6:13 pm

      People are imperfect, Obama’s no exception. But at least he’s moving in the right direction.

  2. ladylibertyslamp permalink
    September 13, 2009 6:11 pm

    No, sorry it was not 2 million, it was about 300,000-350,000.

    From the US Capitol to the Lincoln memorial is 1 million and they were a little over 1/4 of the way there.

    If they had 2 million they would have been all the way to the Kennedy Center of Performing Arts which is on the border of Virginia.

    Even so, 350,000 is a very good turn out esp for right-wingers as they have not really put on a mass action for a long time.

    • September 13, 2009 6:19 pm

      Okay, forget about the numbers. What did you think about the rest of the message in this post?

      • ladylibertyslamp permalink
        September 13, 2009 6:43 pm

        Very good post. We have been reporting on these chuckleheads for a while now. We are a collective of photographers, artists, writers and videographers from all over and we do have a lot of footage and photos of the event that you are welcome to use for your blog.

        We have a great video coming from a very good DC talent who is about one of the best at pissing off the wingers.

        We will alert you when all is edited up and ready.

        In solidarity and peace!

        Your friends at Lady Liberty’s Lamp

  3. September 13, 2009 7:14 pm

    Kurt – you had be scared there for a bit – glad I read on to the bottom. Great post!

    The attendance figure I have heard is more like 70k (this from the DC Fire Marshall) – if you look at the photos they crowd is not packed very closely – so even the 1/4th way to Lincoln is an overestimate.

    Yeah – numbers don’t matter – but this is being pegged by some as equivalent to King’s march on DC – so I like to put a kibosh on the exaggerated numbers.

    The best spin I have heard? That these numbers are really really impressive because after all, these are all hard working people with jobs – unlike us lefties who are after all just a bunch of unemployed welfare queens and ACORN pimps….

    Sheesh…

    — hippieprof

    • September 13, 2009 7:48 pm

      I hope to God they’re not seriously comparing this to Dr. King’s march. That was actually important. No, that was vital to our nation’s struggle to truly be “a more perfect Union”.

      • September 13, 2009 8:27 pm

        Kurt – I have indeed seen people make that comparison – which again shows just how much they miss getting it by…..

        I will track down a link if I can find it again….

        — hippieprof

  4. September 13, 2009 7:44 pm

    Thanks, Lady Liberty.
    Can’t wait for that video!

  5. September 13, 2009 7:48 pm

    What ever the number there were ALOT of people there. There have been hundreds of tea partys, town hall meetings and other events across the US that add up to ALOT of people with the same message on spending, taxes, cap and trade, bailouts and health care.

    Will Washington listen? If they don’t will the voters send more messages in 2010? Can Congress gamble that voters won’t send them a life altering message?

    If you want to follow the debate on health care and other health care delivery issues go to http://www.ilovebenefits.wordpress.com

    • September 13, 2009 7:51 pm

      The point of this post was that these protesters got it wrong. And on so many levels…

  6. emptysuit permalink
    September 15, 2009 7:20 am

    I agree with your numbers there, I think MSM will not report on the true turn out on conservative events. I also agree with lizzygram, government can push people to a certain point, that push cause revolts, It’s not just in America, It’s valid in any country where the people are feed up with government actions. America is now at a point where people have information instantly. You make a bill it citizens read it before it reaches the floor. Americans feel like they are forced to accept policies that they do not agree with, their representatives are not voting the way they suggest and freedom to free will are being taken. This is the true grass roots of the movement…what will I be able to do 5, 10 years from now? Americans will have limits on their freedoms, I’m not just talking about Constitution freedoms, I’m talking about financial freedom, health freedom, educational freedom, purchase freedom (we were just forced to purchase digital tv, now the government are working on cars), living freedom, banking freedom, food freedom, raising your family freedom. The government even tell people when they can go outside i.e. Ozone Alert Levels, come on! People are tired of government intervention everytime you turn around that’s true with Republicans or Democrats. 2 million people converged to point this out, and it seems to fall on deaf ears, next time 3 million will show up.

    • September 15, 2009 8:25 am

      Emptysuit – you realize that nobody is seriously holding to the 2 million claim anymore, right? You know, for example, that a photo supposedly supporting that number has been shown to be a fake, right?

      http://digg.com/d314HyL

      The numbers really don’t matter – it was a decent turnout – but don’t make more of it than it was.

      I love my freedom too. Of course, the freedom to choose wisely depends on having good information. You say we get information instantly? Not good information. That is one reason I am so offended by the what the insurance industry has done during this debate. They have managed to wage an unprecedented disinformation campaign – and they actually have managed to convince a lot of people to work against their own best interests.

      — hippieprof

  7. September 15, 2009 8:35 am

    Oh – and take a look here for an analysis of how the exaggerated size of the crowd came to be reported:

    http://www.fivethirtyeight.com/2009/09/size-matters-so-do-lies.html

    I do so love 538…..

    — hippieprof

  8. meanmrmustard1 permalink
    September 18, 2009 9:42 am

    I think it was nearly 3 million people and there was a sighting of the Virgin Mary at the Lincoln Memorial.

    Blind people could see, lepers were cured and crippled children suddenly could walk. There were miracles abound!

    At the end, Jesus suddenly appeared carrying an AK-47 and prohesized about the evils of providing health care to all his people.

    Jesus said, “Those who heal the sick, and assist those in need, shall not sit at my side in the kingdom of never never land”.

  9. Kryten permalink
    October 1, 2009 10:17 am

    Very objective selection of protestor photos. Pathetic. You want to see hateful protestors look at Zombietime. And you don’t need to carefully select 0.00001% of the people out of a protest of millions of people to get photos of REAL hatemongers there! (Including hundreds of people who are incapable of writing the president’s name on a sign without including a swastika too. Shame you could one find ONE such person from the other side suffering from that disorder.)

    Love the blog name by the way. Seen the Reason article The Paranoid Center? Is this merely self-satire?

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