Yes, it was impressive. We literally closed down the entire federal area of the city. The Federal Mall was packed with participants from the Capital to the Washington Monument; literally standing room only for the entire 1 mile plus distance. We were meeting out of state friends there but even with cell phones and loud colors we never did find them; it was just too crowded. You couldn’t move. The event organizers reported "ABC news put the number at 1.5 million while the NY Times put the number around 500."
The people who participated came from every state, including Alaska and Hawaii and I spoke with many individuals who were clearly left of center politically.
After reading the papers this morning I’m a little disappointed in the news coverage. I guess I expected that this showing of anger and distrust would be the proverbial 2X4 across the back of some politicians’ heads. You would have thought so with the numbers present. I was there, the message was clear – stop spending, stop encroaching on our freedoms and stop the lying to us for your political gain. Time will tell if this message actually got through.
It’s a sad testimonial that we have became so complacent and accepting that nothing we do will make any difference that we do nothing. It doesn’t matter your party affiliation, this transcends party lines; your indifference is what all politicians are counting on. Hopefully, the rally this weekend will show more Americans that there are things we can do to change the direction the current political atmosphere would have us move to. Benjamin Franklin was asked in 1791 what kind of government the Constitutional Congress had given us and he replied, “A republic, if you can keep it.” Everyone needs to decide for themselves if it’s worth keeping because just like your teeth, if you ignore them, our republic will go away. Lisa