One big tea party: WDC 9/12

That was quite a gathering. Powerline notes that CNN, “making it up” as usual as a contrast to a personal report.

It was a very civil crowd, and a very large one. … There were many, many signs, and I’d say that 95% + were hand made. The slogans ran the gamut, but most were on the general theme of spending and government intervention is out of control, we can’t afford it, we’re scared by where Obama is trying to take the country, and the like. … Quite a few came as part of groups, but we encountered more who had come on their own … Several folks remarked — and a few signs hit this point — how incensed they were that their elected representatives had not bothered to read the legislation, and were shown to be flat wrong in their general statements about it when read passages of the actual bill in town hall meetings. These folks were watching, and it’s easy to see why so many Senators and Representatives chose to duck instead of engaging the issues with their constituents. … One other phenomenon: Joe Wilson was a hero today. Not I think, that the crowd generally approved of intemperate outbursts … It should not be necessary to say this, but given a particularly partisan segment I just watched on CNN, I will: There was not a trace of “race” in all of this. It was all about the substantive issues. … We did not return thinking naively that these “tea parties” will lead to a sea change in the balance of political power, but it is heartening to see that many Americans are watching and willing to say out loud that they do not like what they see

And you can see for yourself at Looking at the Left’s Conservative Woodstock Rocks the Capital.

Many of the attendees were quite meek and timid and were unsure of exactly what to expect, this being the first time in their lives they’d been involved in a protest movement. Their fears evaporated early in the day and I saw people reveling in the camaraderie , the joy and sheer civility that was exhibited at the entire event.

Reports of events like this in the past such as the “million man march” have made a lot of people associate anger and violence and bigotry and intolerance and a lack of civility with major protests. It appears that many Americans have found out that civil protest does not need such behavior and that they are not alone in seeking a civil manner to express their concern in public.

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