Push The Button
Let me begin by saying that both republicans & democrats were nailed for their taxing & spending...
This was not an event that singled out a political party, both parties were bashed equally.
This event was about peoples $$$ & the fact that they have had it with "big government, its runaway spending, taxing and constant grabs of power resulting in the loss of their GOD GIVEN RIGHTS”.
99.9% of the people present were quite aware of their Constitutional rights, there were a few nuts (maybe only a handful) that were 9-11 Truthers’ & Anti-War Activists - they did not disrupt the protest & spent the majority of their time passing out flyers. I saw no evidence of CODE PINK or any other more violent Gramscian Whore Organizations (GWO's).
People of all stripes were there:
-The young (pre-teens)
-The 20 something’s
-The tattooed & pierced
-The 3 piece suits
-The jean wearers
-The middle aged
Majority male, majority white (very few Blacks or Hispanics) but they were represented in tiny numbers. Women were well represented, but definitely not in the same numbers as men. From what I was able to see there were no Black or Hispanic women in attendance, though I was not in the center of the crowd but on its periphery.
The protest was being held in the Loop, at the plaza just north of the Dirksen Federal Building (the building itself was designed by Mies Van Der Rohe. Found on the plaza is a sculpture by Alexander Caldwell, a Flamingo – it’s that red/orange metal thing you see rising over the crowd in the pictures). I think I saw one camera & one of Chicago’s MSM personalities, but since I haven’t watched the news in ages I couldn’t say for sure.
Police were present but they had little to concern themselves with, except to keep a portion of the sidewalk clear so people passing by wouldn’t have to walk in the street. I am not sure how to estimate the numbers, I would say at least 1000 (a poor showing for Chicago, but I am sure you all can understand why - this is not only ObamaLand but GWO land & the well oiled Democratic Chicago Machine is ON at all times).
Personally I was disappointed by the size of the crowd, especially in a city that has close to 3 million residents & a few more million people in the surrounding suburbs, but this is ObamaLand after all… I am looking forward to my next protest…
I shot hundreds of photos today, Crumb Crunchers...these are but a few. I won't have time to review and sort them all until tomorrow, but I wanted you to have a feel for what went on here today as soon as possible.
It was AMAZING! The State Police aerial surveillance estimated the crowd at 4,000 to 4,200. As you can see from some of the pictures, the place was ROCKIN'! I hope you had as much fun at your location as I did at mine.
I haven't done any fancy editing or cropping, I just resized these so they would upload here. Look for more and even better stuff tomorrow.
A 'Cast of Thousands'!
Looking East on Michigan Avenue
Ha! Great Sign!
Socialism. I see a theme here.
It was a VERY diverse crowd.
Joe 'The Plumber' and our own Joan Fabiano
Yes. Me too!
SEE ALSO FROM MARCH 12:
Talkin' Kamel: Tempest at a Tea Party
Tea & Sympathy
When I have no dreams
to give you anymore
I'll light a blazing fire
and wait within the door
And throw my life away,
"I wonder why?" they all will say
And now I lay me down to sleep,
forever and a day
Pass the tea and sympathy,
for the good old days are dead
Let's drink a toast to those
who best survived the life they've led
It's a long, long time 'til morning,
so build your fires high
Now I lay me down to sleep,
forever by your side