Skip to comments.Million American March 9/12/09
Posted on 09/13/2009 8:38:16 PM PDT by Starman417
I just spend this lovely Sunday organizing and editing close to 500 photos from yesterday's historic march in DC. I am still inspired by the sheer joy expressed by the million marchers in DC.Can we say this is the Woodstock for conservatives? Absolutely. I'd even say if MLK were alive, he would be out marching to the Capitol with the people and give a rocking speech.
Several impressions I took home from the Rally:
A million plus attendees is my estimate of the crowd size. Compare the official crowd estimator from the 2009 Inauguration (fig. 1) to the screen cap taken of the crowds (fig. 2) yesterday. I will say there were more patriots yesterday than fans at the January 20th inauguration. Metro police say 1.2 million and they would know a thing or two about crowd counts.
El Marco posted some great photos that speak to the size of this crowd.
I traveled to DC via a chartered bus from West Chester - I have to give kudos to Paula Stiles for taking the initiative to organize this bus trip. I must admit that it was good to be on the bus instead of being thrown under the bus. Our group arrived at Union Station and Dee and myself made our way to Freedom Square where we came upon a massive amount of people:
[VIDEO AT SITE]
For a moment or two, I didn't know where to start photographing. I got over that real quick and shot almost 500 photos on Saturday, not including video.
More of the story below the fold: Wading through the crowd, we found ourselves swept away by the mass movement of people marching to the Capitol:
[VIDEO AT SITE]
99.9 percent of the signs were hand made and held proudly:
The mood of the crowd was that of sheer delight, as many of the participants have never participated in a public rally. Yet here they were in Washington DC, marching with a million fellow patriots to the front lawn of the Capitol Building. You could sense a carefree joy as the marchers realized they were making history and that they were not alone in their beliefs. Waves of rolling chants from the back of the line to the front energized the crowd and gave me goosebumps.
One detail I keep noticing as I walked along were that some of the marchers donned t-shirts signed with numerous names:
(Excerpt) Read more at floppingaces.net
anyone know if cspan plans to rerun the event?
Okay, I’m going to ask a stupid question here but what does the snake stand for ...I don’t get it. :(
i heard somewhere that they would be replaying it on monday night.
I spent today thinking about yesterday and it seemed the perfect name for this event was the “Million Amercian March.”
It was ultimately about America and Americans who don’t want to see liberty lost to an almighty government.
(I saw this posted on another board)
I have a good friend at work whose husband went to the Washington Tea Party this week-end. She told me that he was getting ready to head out to DC last week, and went to a local Dollar General to buy some American Flags. He ran into a couple of elderly ladies who wondered why he was buying those flags, and he told them where he was getting ready to head out to. One of the ladies was using a walker, and she began to cry, and the other one went to the back of the store where the flags were shelved, took all the remaining ones off the shelf, and went to the check-out line to buy them all and give them to him. The cashier also, upon hearing what my friends husband was doing, pitched in, and so those 3 people together bought out the stores entire stock of American flags and gave them to my friends husband. He left, with the back of his pick-up filled up with American flags to take to Washington, purchased with the good will and strong sentiment of three utterly random American citizens. I am confident that every person at the event can be held to have represented at least 3 additional Americans, who could not be there.
This is a true story. Im confident that its not unique among the stories of this Tea Party. Its a story that Mr. Obama and his minions, and the Democrats in Congress, would do well to heed. I think the American people are not going to sit still for what they see coming. I wasnt so sure about this a couple of months ago, but Im seeing something surprising: The American people are not going to submit. God grant us all that they (we) never will.
Freedom Works part of the event is available on C-Span now.
Very powerful speeches. Dick Armey is still a sharp great American.
It’ll replay monday night on cspan2, 8pm cst
It means “don’t tread on me”.
Beautiful story, thanks for posting it.
Mon night 8 PM - CSPAN TWO
Do you have any photos of how clean it was afterward? Allegedly, there are photos of the same area being a sty of litter after the Obamanation inauguration.
The Colonials picked it as an emblem because rattlesnakes are generally harmless, inoffensive creatures—until trod upon.
Everyone needs to plan on doing the same thing next year! We have to keep the pressure on Congress!
Weren’t the liberal health care supporters suppose to hold a rally in the capitol today? I could have sworn I heard a democrat politician say they would hold a rally today.
The photos around the pool show about 10 thousand, and the marchers over the length of Pennsylvania Avenue amount to maybe 30 thousand, based on areas derived from Google Earth, and a crowd density of 1 per meter2 ( which is very generous if you look at the march video. ) I'm certainly willing to double this. So, my praise and congratulations to all involved, but let's not get hysterical.
Bless you, dear.
I'm too tired to post much more at the moment, but I - and everyone we met at the 9/12 Tea Party - still have the same lingering question:
Does anyone know what the official turnout / count was for this event? Do the DC Police provide the "official" count?
We've heard everything from 60,000 to 2 million. I think it was around 1 million... my husband estimates it was around 400,000. Does anyone know?
“I observed on one of the drums belonging to the marines now raising, there was painted a Rattle-Snake, with this modest motto under it, ‘Don’t tread on me.’ As I know it is the custom to have some device on the arms of every country, I supposed this may have been intended for the arms of America.”
This anonymous writer, having “nothing to do with public affairs” and “in order to divert an idle hour,” speculated on why a snake might be chosen as a symbol for America.
First, it occurred to him that “the Rattle-Snake is found in no other quarter of the world besides America.”
The rattlesnake also has sharp eyes, and “may therefore be esteemed an emblem of vigilance.” Furthermore,
“She never begins an attack, nor, when once engaged, ever surrenders: She is therefore an emblem of magnanimity and true courage. ... she never wounds ‘till she has generously given notice, even to her enemy, and cautioned him against the danger of treading on her.”
“I confess I was wholly at a loss what to make of the rattles, ‘till I went back and counted them and found them just thirteen, exactly the number of the Colonies united in America; and I recollected too that this was the only part of the Snake which increased in numbers. ...
“’Tis curious and amazing to observe how distinct and independent of each other the rattles of this animal are, and yet how firmly they are united together, so as never to be separated but by breaking them to pieces. One of those rattles singly, is incapable of producing sound, but the ringing of thirteen together, is sufficient to alarm the boldest man living.”
Benjamin Franklin, portrait by David Martin, 1767. White House Historical Association.
Many scholars now agree that this “American Guesser” was Benjamin Franklin.
YES! You've described it perfectly! I'm getting goosebumps all over again, just thinking about it... :o)
Nope! Clean as a whistle.
You can watch it now on your computer at the C-Span website.
MLK the Communist? What?
That is beautiful. Real Americans in the capitol.
What a wonderful story, Sharon.
This is the sort of heartwarming story that we once saw printed in our mainstream newspapers, or the Reader’s Digest. It makes your heart swell with pride just to read something like this.
You’re right that Obama and his minions need to pay close attention to what most Americans are feeling (and doing!). The tide has turned, and it is building into a tsunami of patriotic demand to return our country to its constitutional basics.
Where is all of the wall-to-wall coverage of the million-plus Obots we KNOW must have been at the Capitol today? Hmmmm?
A conservative is someone who doesn't give up rights for any man, group, cause, or religion.
A conservative fights against those powers who would strip us of those rights and therefore our freedom and liberty.
"Nope! Clean as a whistle."
I'd be willing to bet that the Mall was left clean after each Republican president's inauguration, too.
I'll never forget the photos of all the trash that the Obots left behind in the wake of Zero's inauguration. It's an iconic image, I think, and was very prescient.
My husband and I were there. We drove all night to make sure we were there at 8:30 am when the festivities began and can’t tell you how proud and happy we are. I have never been in such a large crowd of some of the nicest people we have ever met.
This goes down as one of the best things we have ever been involved in and we thank everyone who was there!
And we left everything noticeably cleaner as well compared to the inaugural gathering.
The trash the Obamites placed outside the white house is not the problem.
Here are 4 videos I took from the March on Washington. It was a great day, I met so many people.
“what does the snake stand for”
A rattlesnake is harmless unless you mess with it. Then it will kill you. As a Texan you should know that :)
I LOVE JOE WILSON TOO! PLEASE JOE TAKE BACK YOUR APOLOGY!
We are on The Bridge now.
And you know what else?
THEY ARE APPROACHING IT.
THEY ..... ARE ..... NOT.... GOING .... PASS.
Next time we will have TWO MILLION if they dont listen to us, their masters, The PEOPLE. All it will take is for each person who was there to get three or four or more of their family, friends, neighbors or co-workers to attend.
It WAS a great day to be an American patriot. We have this Chicago punk on the run, but he will turn and come back at us. We have to stay in fighting mode because they will never stop.
Am catching up while I have the time.
I believe I heard tonight at 8EST.
Might want to double check.
I watched it on CSPAN,pretty good.