It was 10:30 Saturday morning September 12th when Sherry, Wendy and I arrived at Freedom Plaza in DC. We had been told to arrive in time for the march to the Capitol beginning at 11AM. However, the crowd was so large that by 10AM the police demanded that the march begin. The Plaza was bursting with people and they were flooding in from 3 directions. Looking east toward the Capitol, there were perhaps a mass perhaps 30 people wide and some already near the Capitol steps over a mile away. At that moment the feelings of pride were overwhelming. The best way I can think to describe it that it was the polar opposite of what I felt on September 11, 2001.
From all 50 states, people came together to chant “silent no more” and “can you hear us now” and “USA, USA.”
They tried to make our protest appear smaller by not allowing us on the mall, the grass between the Capitol and the Washington Monument. The news media voiced that there were 10’s of thousands of protestors. Well, I have been to 6 World Series games and know what a crowd of 10’s of thousand looks like and this wasn’t it. Home Land Security reported 1.2 million. The University of Illinois has a group that determines crowd size by aerial photography and they stated 1.7 million. Whatever the number, it was one of the largest protest in DC history.
Politians have turned into drug addicts and their drug of choice is money and power, two sides of the same coin. Like the junkie, they must have their fix no matter the cost. If they have to steal to get it, they will. Even though they know their addiction is destroying their lives and possibly killing them, they can’t stop. The government junkies will continue to steal and spend even knowing it is destroying the U. S. economy. A bankrupt nation will not long survive. Refer to the Soviet Union.
For the first time in 12 months, I feel hopeful we can perform a peaceful intervention.
God bless America!