This was to be a redundancy rant – a re-hashing of something that everybody already knows, but a piece worth writing nonetheless. All I started out to do was cite the approximate number of attendees at yesterday’s D.C. Tea Party and put that in perspective with other historical events… But as I researched the mainstream media, my goal changed to that of simply finding out how many people showed up. (The MSM was absolutely no help in this endeavor.)
But it ain’t so easy just to get a simple body count! ABC News referred to “tens of thousands” (and they’re still sticking with that). But judging by the interactive diagram published back in January by USA Today (and retrieved for the occasion by Michelle Malkin), it seems likely that the crowd reached over one million people. It looked like the entire National Mall was packed, with the overflow spilling into adjacent neighborhoods. So ABC News is still off in their estimation by at least a factor of 10. Good going there, ABC News!)
And let’s not forget all the other Tea Parties being held around the country, and Glenn Beck’s humongous audience…
In any event, the point becomes glaringly clear – Americans are disgusted by the lobbyists, lawyers, unions, politicians who will sell this country right down the tubes for their own agenda, aggrandizement, money, and power. We find back-room deals repugnant, and expect our elected officials to behave with the civility, duty, and humility that their lofty positions deserve… Positions that we the people gave them, by the way.
We expect them to respect the Constitution. After all, many of us plain folk have sworn to defend the Constitution with our lives. We expect our elected officials to listen to us, and we damn well expect them to at least read the legislation that their lawyers and lobbyists wrote.
Ah hell… By my guess, the 9/12/09 D.C. Tea Party attendance figure was probably well over 1,000,000 strong… Let’s just hope that it all wasn’t just a big waste of time.