April 1, 2010
This is a short post that discusses my observations at the March 20th Capital Hill rally opposing the Obama healthcare bill. Little did I know that the many thousands of decent Americans who attended the event would be vilified by the national media for 1-2 weeks afterward. With that in mind I want to say a few words about the event specifically, the crowd.
I had missed the two Tea Party rallies held in Washington previously. This seemed like a good opportunity to attend one. I am glad I went. March 20th was a spectacular day in Washington, and at least 10,000 people participated. Not bad given the 48-72 hours notice that the event was being held. People came from all over the United States.
There were hundreds of signs. By and large they were clever; a few crossed the line of good taste. A far lower ratio than I would have expected given the fact that there were no gatekeepers confiscating signs that might offend. (See a few photos that I took.)
The participants were solid Americans who were interested in expressing their political views on an extremely important topic. I didnt hear any racist remarks not even a hint of any. Statists and socialists, however, took a beating.
All in all, it was a beautiful day in Washington, and the rally lived up to the best traditions of Americans petitioning their government.