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9-12-2009: Conservatives March on Washington

September 16, 2009

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It’s been an amusing but nonetheless predictable experience watching the news coverage of this past Saturday’s march on our nation’s capital.  That the leftist media establishment has chosen to minimize or ignore this event of monumental significance really shouldn’t be surprising.  After all, these protesters descended on Washington sans any central leadership or organizing figure.  It was love of country and respect for the founding principles of our republic that drove these ordinary citizens from across the country to converge on the Washington Mall this day.  They came to show their outrage at the policies being advanced by the Obama administration and the Democratic leadership in Congress.

This was a true grassroots uprising if ever there was one.  I know.  I was there. I witnessed it.  It was exhilarating, wonderful, and a stunning rebuke to the most leftist group of legislators and executives ever to hold power in our nation’s history.  Some have argued that Obama rode a wave of mindless, irrational euphoria to victory last November  under the campaign slogan “Yes We Can”.  We had come to deliver an entirely different message to our civil servants:  NO, YOU WON’T.

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Though the train from Arlington was packed with protesters carrying placards and wearing T-shirts bearing anti-Obama/anti-big government slogans, it wasn’t until I exited the Metro system at Federal Triangle that the true magnitude of the gathering became evident. As my train came to a stop and the doors opened, another train on the adjacent track arrived from the opposite direction, and a massive throng poured out onto the platform cheering, high-fiving one another, and completely engulfing the multiple escalators that carried us up to street level.  Every age group was represented, from young parents with small children in strollers, to teenagers, to senior citizens in their 70s and 80s.

Once we emerged onto the street, I could see that the crowd filled the entire width of Pennsylvania Avenue, stretching in one solid, unbroken line from Freedom Plaza where I stood, all the way to the Capitol building.  Even the police along the route appeared to be stunned at the size of the crowd.

Something else struck me – the civility of the demonstrators. This was no wild, unruly, rock-throwing, mob.  On the contrary, people stood and marched in polite and respectful solidarity with one another.  Police, firemen, retired military, truck drivers, business owners, students, parents, grandparents, doctors, lawyers, management professionals, and those from countless other walks of life.  All of them here to show opposition to a radical leftist agenda that now dominates Washington and threatens to destroy the country we know, remaking it into something entirely unrecognizable and antithetical to its original founding principles.

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While some have attempted to portray this as a completely non-partisan crowd, nothing could be further from the truth.  This crowd most certainly DID have an ideological point of view, and it was decidedly anti-Obama, anti-Democrat and anti-Left.  As Rush Limbaugh commented on Tuesday, this was undeniable evidence of a conservative ascendancy.  It was as anti-Left, pro-Liberty and free-market capitalism, anti-big government as you could get, and when the crowd finally dispersed, the Mall was left just as we found it, not strewn with litter and debris. By dusk there was nary a sign of what had happened only a few short hours before.

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How can the Democrats and the sycophantic media establishment acknowledge this without admitting that principled opposition and valid alternatives exist to their stated agenda?  They can’t. And they won’t.  I heard estimates of the crowd size ranging from “tens of thousands” to “a few hundred thousand”, but from where I stood, I’d say that a more accurate approximation would be between 1 and 1.5 million.  The BBC reported that the crowd may have reached 2 million, which would place it among the largest crowds ever assembled on the National Mall – possibly even exceeding the Obama inauguration.  All I can say is that standing on the Capitol lawn facing the Washington monument the crowd filled the Mall and the streets bordering it from there almost all the way to the obelisk.  Take a look at the photos I took for yourself.  You be the judge.

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(Editor’s Note: We’ll be sharing more of Mark Koenig’s photos over the next few days.)

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27 Comments
  1. pbrauer permalink
    September 16, 2009 1:11 pm

    Interesting pictures, not one black/brown person in any of them. How about some of those picture of signs with swastika and hammer/sickle on them? They are always good for a laugh.

    Which brings up and interesting point. The 9/12 project used the communist symbol – a red raised clenched fist – in their logo.

    Conservatives complain that the press didn’t cover them more? I think they should be happy they didn’t. Howard Fineman of Newsweek said several in the GOP confided in him that the march did help them.

    It was a small march/protest (60,000 – 70,000) by washing ton standards, the football game that night in Columbus between USC and OSU had 105,000 cheering fans.

    • Fred permalink
      September 16, 2009 3:51 pm

      You clearly weren’t there. ALL races were there. Even those who didn’t speak English, understood Freedom from overbearing taxation is what is at risk. They understand what tyranny feels like.
      And yes, I was there.

    • chris permalink
      September 16, 2009 3:53 pm

      well….as someone who was ACTUALLY THERE…I will tell you that I thoughtthere would only be 20,000 or less to show up. I mean, there was no one leader or organization in charge. What I saw was staggering—never have I been anywhere with so many people (I live in the D.C. area and attend football games too). Indeed, there were so many protestors that the march was forced to begin 45 minutes early and thousands were turned away. I nabbed a spot up close and to the left of the Capitol steps– in all 3 other directions was a crowd without end (and I have perfect vision) A capitol policeman (yes–he was black) told my daughter and I that he was there for the Obama innauguration and that this was the much bigger than that (they estimated the BO coronation at 1.2 million) Your silly talk of 70,000 is laughable—the park police and homeland security put it closer to a million (actually the UK Telegraph reported even higher). You are quoting the leftie media numbers (even NBC has finally switched to 100’s of thousands after the UK, Germany, and Japan reported on the suppressed reporting by our media). The WH was stunned–I saw Marine One circle the crowd twice and the UK reported their shock.

      Still, this talk about the size is largely irrelevant & a distraction. The main point is that a sleeping conservative giant has awoken to the stench of socialism–this was not a republican gathering–all big spending politicians were targeted.

      I am a recovering socialist (I was a Seattle Professor who could make Obama look more right-wing than Hannity). My conversion? It occurred when I provided healthcare consultation to hospitals in Northwest Russia. Seeing what big government did to that nation’s health and infrastructure scared me into becoming a big “C”–conservative capitalist!

      • Julie Trevor permalink
        September 16, 2009 6:07 pm

        Chris said:

        “Still, this talk about the size is largely irrelevant & a distraction. The main point is that a sleeping conservative giant has awoken to the stench of socialism–this was not a republican gathering–all big spending politicians were targeted.”

        AMEN

        The stench of socialism – love that phrase!
        Julie

      • Jackie permalink
        September 17, 2009 5:44 am

        Quoting Chris: “I am a recovering socialist (I was a Seattle Professor who could make Obama look more right-wing than Hannity). My conversion? It occurred when I provided healthcare consultation to hospitals in Northwest Russia. Seeing what big government did to that nation’s health and infrastructure scared me into becoming a big “C”–conservative capitalist!”

        Chuckle on the Obama/Hannity comment :-).
        Cool story of your conservative conversion.
        In Russia today, the manicurist makes more than the surgeons. No lie. A Russian doctor who now lives in the US and works as a PA in my husband’s medical offices lives here with his Russian wife (also a doctor). He can’t be a doctor here, but is a PA in his same specialty. In Russia, manicurists really do make more than surgeons and that is why he lives here now.
        And while we are on the subject of health care in communist (o.k., former communist) countries… A surgeon in this same practice travels regularly to Cuba bringing medical training to surgeons there. On one trip, he learned that apparently doctors make about one dollar a day there. This came up because the taxi drivers who were dropping off the American teaching team were wanting a tip. They wanted $5 for their tip. The doctor escorting the American team protested and said, no way since he only makes $1 a day. That was a week’s wages for him. I can understand his reluctance.

    • Ross permalink
      September 19, 2009 2:11 pm

      I would say you got your head count from MSNBC or one of the other government controlled media outlets. Head count estimates from a couple of universities varied from about a million to 1.7 million to 2 million. I was there and I will tell you people were packed solid on all three of the lawns in front of the west side of the building all the way back to 7th and Pennsylvania. The same held true for Constitution and Independence.

      As far as people of color, I saw black, red, yellow.

      I was proud to be a part of a demonstration where people didn’t burn things down like in the riots or tear up the downtown of a city as the leftists did in Seattle.

      • pbrauer permalink
        September 19, 2009 3:28 pm

        Ross,

        If you think the crowd was anywhere near that amount, you should get a grip on reality.
        We don’t have government controlled media., you can get a grip there as well. 🙂

    • Prudent Man, CFA permalink
      October 5, 2009 9:09 am

      Looks “racist” to me.

      GE, the owner of the NBC networks is basically owned by the government. That, along with nonsensical Public Broadcasting is government controlled media to me.

      No one, even at the NYT, will say that the media is not generally bias to Obama.

      Maybe brown and black faces should be informed that Freedom is for them and government handouts are just a more sophisticated form of political enslavement. How well have they done under collectivist welfare? Those who have benefited from Free Enterprise are, not like but Michael Steele, reticent to speak out because of peer pressure.

      As a child of the Welfare State I can attest that it is designed to prevent the individual from success.

  2. In the know permalink
    September 16, 2009 1:40 pm

    Hey! Did anyone see the cover of the latest Newsweek? It asks if your baby is a racist (convenient caucasian baby photo). That makes Newsweek a credible source for information regarding a movement the editors despise. I was reading Hugo Chavezs latest column. He is so insightful. Did you know that the US and capitolism is the source of all of the worlds problems? Why didn’t we listen to him before? DUH!

  3. pbrauer permalink
    September 16, 2009 3:04 pm

    In the know, keep that red clenched fist held high.

    http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/.a/6a00d8341c630a53ef0120a5c50291970c-320wi

  4. September 16, 2009 4:22 pm

    Any tool who pretends that the few Lyndon Larouche loonies with Hitler-like signs were somehow representative of the millions of proud, peaceful partiots in D.C. last Saturday simply has his head jammed up his greasey crease. The media didn’t cover this event more because they could only find 2 or 3 Hitler-mustaches out of millions of signs. Oh, and because the sheer size of the event scared them to their bones. If that many people ever really got ticked-off, you couldn’t run and you couldn’t hide. Food for thought.

  5. xeno arnold permalink
    September 17, 2009 1:48 am


    these are you allies

  6. Beverly Partain permalink
    September 17, 2009 6:09 am

    I WAS there, as well!!! Proudest day of my life. Flew from California to my sister’s in Dallas and we attended the Tea Party there….then on to Washington to see some terrific sights that put lumps in the throat…called my husband (a California pharmacist) when I was standing in front of the glass case holding the Dec. of Independence and Constitution. He announced it to all in the pharmacy….everyone, without exception, wished they could have been there. If all the people who WANTED to attend had been able to….the patriots would STILL be trying to get out of the Mall area. Took pictures of whites, blacks, browns, Asian people….all with the same dream….YEARNING TO BREATHE FREE!!! Talked to one lady I will never forget….she came from Russia several years ago…her husband is disabled now. Caught a RedEye from SF to come and warn Americans they are losing their freedom….saw the same things happening in her country. Wouldn’t have missed hearing her, or seeing those “few hundred” people for anything. My determination to do what I can to SAVE THIS REPUBLIC has never been stronger…and I’m now 68. Have pictures of all those people I mentioned, if you would like to see them!!!

    • September 17, 2009 10:17 am

      Read your comments on attending the Washington rally brought tears to my eyes. It was so exciting to read that it was not just a “white” rally but everyone, regardless of the color of their skin, was there because they love their country and their freedom. Wish I could have been there.

    • October 8, 2009 9:45 pm

      I was inspired reading your letter. It was a great day for conservatives. Not one word about the mannerly
      crowd, no litter, etc. in the Obama news media, of course. WE must not be complacent but continue to work
      to save the America we know and love. I am 76 and never participated in politics before except to vote. I realize
      that was a big mistake. God bless America.

  7. September 17, 2009 8:14 am

    If a tree falls in the forrest,

    And ABC, NBC, and CBS don’t report it,

    Does it make a sound?

    jd

  8. ciccio permalink
    September 17, 2009 8:58 am

    I have seen on some blogs photos of the day after the inauguration and after the protest. You should publish them, frequently. It more than anything else shows the difference between the supporters and the protesters. Crazy dirty hippies vs. responsible citizens.

  9. September 17, 2009 1:40 pm

    These are ordinary Americans having their Howard Beale moment. Remember, not only are they not going to take it any more, they also vote. Liberals vilify average citizens at their own peril.

    • Prudent Man, CFA permalink
      October 5, 2009 9:14 am

      Liberty and Freedom belongs to those who are willing to fight for it. More people are learning that they are not isolated and the political fight is on.

  10. Nomad Thinker permalink
    September 20, 2009 6:00 pm

    Whoever ran this event must have paid hundreds of millions for the signs alone. Don’t you agree that the astro turf organization that makes the signs went all out, creating a one of a kind home made looking sign for each protestor, rather than those professional looking, all the same signs of ACORN and SEIU? And the uniforms they paid people to wear – again, each one of a kind, making people look like your next door neighbors! They messed up, though, on the visibility of the “swastikas and such”. :-\

    • Prudent Man, CFA permalink
      October 5, 2009 9:18 am

      Horrid that the middle class would organize and spend money to unite against collectivism. Only radical crazies are allowed to do that.

      Remember when the Obama campaign called the Hillary campaign “racists”?

      Anyone ask if the swastika posters were bought and paid for by George Soros and the DNC?

  11. elaine pacheco permalink
    September 24, 2009 5:07 am

    I was there, too, and took over 300 pictures. The people were amazing, and for quite a few, you could tell this was no easy feat to get to DC, either physically or because of the expense. In fact, my own father flew in from Indianapolis to babysit my dog, so I could drive from CT to DC to be there for the weekend. There were elderly people in wheel chairs, parents with small kids, and it struck me that these nice people who are the backbone of this country, who make it work, are considered “extremists” by Napolitano, and “Nazi’s” by Pelosi and their ilk. The people who pay taxes for those who contribute nothing to this socieity, are fed up. The elitist snobs that make up the Democrat party have made a huge miscaluculation, and will pay dearly at the polls.

  12. John Locke permalink
    September 25, 2009 10:18 am

    Yes , That’s my real name, and I’m not the character on ” Lost”! I just wish I had been able to attend the 9/12 event!!”We the People” somehow need to get these kind of protests on the media. Somehow we have to get the kind of attention the protesters at the G20 have gotten,of course, without the violence and disruption. Perhaps we could begin a boycott of the sponsors who have dropped their support of Glen Beck’s program.We are in the last days of this great nation if we’re not able to get the ears of our so called leaders. I believe they do not understand the danger that is approaching!!God help us all to do our duty to resolve these issues sensibly and peacefully!!!

    • Julie Trevor permalink
      October 9, 2009 5:43 am

      Lavoris, it is never too late! I bet you are an inspiration to family, friends – keep coming back!
      Julie

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