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Million American March 9/12/09
Flopping Aces ^ | 09-13-09 | Skye

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


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1 posted on 09/13/2009 8:38:17 PM PDT by Starman417
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To: Starman417

anyone know if cspan plans to rerun the event?


2 posted on 09/13/2009 8:43:19 PM PDT by MadelineZapeezda (Have you girded your loins today??????)
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To: Starman417

Okay, I’m going to ask a stupid question here but what does the snake stand for ...I don’t get it. :(


3 posted on 09/13/2009 8:44:01 PM PDT by RoseofTexas (I did not ask for this fight, but by God, I am going to win it!”)
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To: MadelineZapeezda

i heard somewhere that they would be replaying it on monday night.


4 posted on 09/13/2009 8:45:24 PM PDT by madamemayhem (defeat isn't getting knocked down, it's not getting back up)
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To: Starman417

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.


5 posted on 09/13/2009 8:45:36 PM PDT by Nextrush (Sarah Palin is the new Ronald Reagan)
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To: Starman417

(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 friend’s husband was doing, pitched in, and so those 3 people together bought out the store’s entire stock of American flags and gave them to my friend’s 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. I’m confident that it’s not unique among the stories of this Tea Party. It’s 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 wasn’t so sure about this a couple of months ago, but I’m seeing something surprising: The American people are not going to submit. God grant us all that they (we) never will.


6 posted on 09/13/2009 8:46:00 PM PDT by roses of sharon (If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face - forever. - Orwell)
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To: MadelineZapeezda

Freedom Works part of the event is available on C-Span now.

Very powerful speeches. Dick Armey is still a sharp great American.

http://c-span.org/Watch/Media/2009/09/12/HP/A/23055/FreedomWorks+Rally+in+DC.aspx


7 posted on 09/13/2009 8:46:47 PM PDT by Texas Fossil (Texas has yet to learn submission to any oppression, come from what source it may. -Sam Houston)
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To: MadelineZapeezda

It’ll replay monday night on cspan2, 8pm cst


8 posted on 09/13/2009 8:46:58 PM PDT by Freedom2specul8 (I am Jim Thompson............................Please pray for our troops....)
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To: RoseofTexas

It means “don’t tread on me”.


9 posted on 09/13/2009 8:48:17 PM PDT by Freedom2specul8 (I am Jim Thompson............................Please pray for our troops....)
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To: roses of sharon

Beautiful story, thanks for posting it.


10 posted on 09/13/2009 8:51:31 PM PDT by NautiNurse (Obama: A day without TOTUS is like a day without sunshine)
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To: RoseofTexas
Gadsden Flag
11 posted on 09/13/2009 8:56:17 PM PDT by MamaLucci (Its Mourning In America........)
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To: RoseofTexas
It means, don't tread on me, it was a call and symbol for the colonies to united or die in the face of tyranny.
12 posted on 09/13/2009 8:57:48 PM PDT by American Constitutionalist
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To: roses of sharon
I would like to see the type of display of the flags that we saw after September 11, 2001. There were flags everywhere, on cars, buildings and private homes.

This could be the symbol of those of us who were unable to make it to D.C. I just found my two flags that clip onto my car windows and I'm going back into post 9/11 mode.

We made world news with the flag display showing our solidarity then, and we can do it now to show our solidarity against the encroaching socialist government that is trying to take us over.


13 posted on 09/13/2009 8:58:18 PM PDT by FrankR (We are only enslaved to the extent of charity we receive....INCUMBENTS OUT!!!)
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To: MadelineZapeezda
"anyone know if cspan plans to rerun the event?

Mon night 8 PM - CSPAN TWO

14 posted on 09/13/2009 9:00:20 PM PDT by LADY J (Change your thoughts and you change your world. - Norman Vincent Peale)
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To: Starman417

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.


15 posted on 09/13/2009 9:01:25 PM PDT by ROTB (Love your enemies, in the name and faith of Christ.)
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To: RoseofTexas

The Colonials picked it as an emblem because rattlesnakes are generally harmless, inoffensive creatures—until trod upon.


16 posted on 09/13/2009 9:02:39 PM PDT by Trod Upon (Obama: Making the Carter malaise look good. Misery Index in 3...2...1)
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To: RoseofTexas

17 posted on 09/13/2009 9:02:44 PM PDT by skinkinthegrass (Zer0 to the voter: "Welcome to 'MY' DeathCARE ® Plan"...Sucker! ...now just die. :^)
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To: Starman417

Everyone needs to plan on doing the same thing next year! We have to keep the pressure on Congress!

http://pushbackuntil.com


18 posted on 09/13/2009 9:04:25 PM PDT by DennisR (Look around - God gives countless, indisputable, and unambiguous clues that He does, indeed, exist.)
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To: MadelineZapeezda

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.


19 posted on 09/13/2009 9:10:01 PM PDT by peeps36 (Democrats Don't Need No Stinking Input From You Little People)
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To: Starman417
A very impressive turnout, and inspiring ... but I'm not seeing 106 people in these photos and videos. I think tens of thousands is a good statement, which if you get TEN tens of thousands, means 100 thousand, and I think this is a generous estimate.

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.

20 posted on 09/13/2009 9:17:06 PM PDT by dr_lew
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To: roses of sharon
The American people are not going to submit. God grant us all that they (we) never will.

Amen.

Bless you, dear.

21 posted on 09/13/2009 9:17:21 PM PDT by happygrl (Hope and Change or Rope and Chains?)
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To: Starman417; StarFan; Dutchy; alisasny; BobFromNJ; BUNNY2003; Cacique; Clemenza; Coleus; cyborg; ...
Starman417, you've done an amazing job in telling your story (along with some GREAT photos) of Saturday's amazing March on Washington DC. My husband and I returned from DC a few hours ago (we're in Connecticut) and were simply stunned by the turnout.

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?

22 posted on 09/13/2009 9:18:01 PM PDT by nutmeg (Obamunism is destroying America)
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“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.”

Finally,

“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.

http://www.gadsden.info/history.html


23 posted on 09/13/2009 9:18:42 PM PDT by anglian
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To: anglian
thanks, for the (very) informative post.

25 posted on 09/13/2009 9:24:48 PM PDT by skinkinthegrass (Zer0 to the voter: "Welcome to 'MY' DeathCARE ® Plan"...Sucker! ...now just die. :^)
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To: Starman417
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.

YES! You've described it perfectly! I'm getting goosebumps all over again, just thinking about it... :o)

26 posted on 09/13/2009 9:25:15 PM PDT by nutmeg (Obamunism is destroying America)
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To: ROTB
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.

Nope! Clean as a whistle.

http://constitutionallyspeaking.wordpress.com/2009/09/12/conservative-patriots-v-government-trough-feeders/

27 posted on 09/13/2009 9:26:56 PM PDT by Dianna
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To: nutmeg
No official attendance numbers. A panoramic view from the U.S. Capitol:


28 posted on 09/13/2009 9:28:18 PM PDT by NautiNurse (Obama: A day without TOTUS is like a day without sunshine)
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To: MadelineZapeezda
anyone know if cspan plans to rerun the event?

You can watch it now on your computer at the C-Span website.

29 posted on 09/13/2009 9:31:03 PM PDT by stripes1776 ("That if gold rust, what shall iron do?" --Chaucer)
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To: Starman417
he would be out marching to the Capitol with the people and give a rocking speech.

MLK the Communist? What?

30 posted on 09/13/2009 9:31:46 PM PDT by TheBattman (Pray for our country...)
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To: NautiNurse

That is beautiful. Real Americans in the capitol.


33 posted on 09/13/2009 9:44:59 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: roses of sharon

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.

Great post.


35 posted on 09/13/2009 10:11:24 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: peeps36
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.

Yeah.....

Where is all of the wall-to-wall coverage of the million-plus Obots we KNOW must have been at the Capitol today? Hmmmm?

36 posted on 09/13/2009 10:14:30 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Starman417
These Tea Party patriots illustrate what a conservative is.

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.

37 posted on 09/13/2009 10:17:22 PM PDT by TheThinker
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To: Dianna
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.

"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.

38 posted on 09/13/2009 10:25:59 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Starman417

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!


39 posted on 09/13/2009 10:38:59 PM PDT by 13Sisters76 ("It is amazing how many people mistake a certain hip snideness for sophistication. " Thos. Sowell)
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To: Starman417

And we left everything noticeably cleaner as well compared to the inaugural gathering.


42 posted on 09/13/2009 10:52:01 PM PDT by Eye of Unk ("If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace." T. Paine)
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To: RoseofTexas
Well, let's see... the snake is a rattler, unique to the American continent and deadly. The snake is divided into 13 sections representing the 13 colonies united for freedom. Off the top of my head ... does that make any sense?
43 posted on 09/13/2009 10:53:13 PM PDT by ArmyTeach (Sprit of '76)
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To: Windflier
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.

The trash the Obamites placed outside the white house is not the problem.

44 posted on 09/13/2009 10:56:10 PM PDT by 70times7 (Serving Free Republics' warped and obscure humor needs since 1999!)
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To: 70times7

Here are 4 videos I took from the March on Washington. It was a great day, I met so many people.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M2LY7RGXP2A
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TVNyJCW0jOs
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p8BEzgfGo_o
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6OyzniIYgGc


45 posted on 09/13/2009 11:02:51 PM PDT by karenfromny
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To: RoseofTexas

“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 :)


46 posted on 09/13/2009 11:19:05 PM PDT by fretzer
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To: Starman417

I LOVE JOE WILSON TOO! PLEASE JOE TAKE BACK YOUR APOLOGY!


47 posted on 09/13/2009 11:46:39 PM PDT by Terriergal ("I am ashamed that women are so simple To offer war where they should kneel for peace," Shakespeare)
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To: Starman417

Well, folks. We did it.

We are on The Bridge now.

And you know what else?

THEY ARE APPROACHING IT.

AND

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.


48 posted on 09/14/2009 1:58:05 AM PDT by AmericanInTokyo (The tiger has been poked in the eye. He is going to be p*ssed. Better ramp our offensive two-fold.)
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To: Starman417

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.


49 posted on 09/14/2009 4:03:28 AM PDT by jmaroneps37 (Conservatism is truth. Liberalism is lies.)
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To: MadelineZapeezda

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.


50 posted on 09/14/2009 4:53:54 AM PDT by silentreignofheroes
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