If the One Nation Rally scared the Tea Party into incoherent babbling (see comments), can’t wait to see what happens October 30th!
…based on what Tea Partiers have written here and elsewhere in response to the One Nation success, it is also obvious they are very scared and very threatened by what took place in Washington DC on October 2nd. Even sadder for them is that it promises to only get worse when the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear takes place in Washington DC on October 30th, which will probably represent many of the same people as at the One Nation event!
On Saturday, October 2nd, One Nation Working Together held a march in Washington DC that included a coalition of groups representing a broad range of interests with one common goal; bringing America together to the benefit of all. And despite what some have said and written, the rally was not only a huge success, but also a transformative moment that has served to reinvigorate the forces that saved the country from the disastrous Republican rule of the Bush Administration. In addition, the huge turnout and the power it represented has shaken the divisive and angry Tea Party movement to it’s core.
As the rally got underway under sunny skies at noon, the area around the Lincoln Memorial and the reflecting pool was just beginning to fill up with an incredibly diverse crowd representing students and teachers, doctors and sanitation workers, whites and blacks, lawyers and laborers, gays and straights, and many other segments of American life. Soon, you could see the crowd stretching all the way down the reflecting pool to the Washington Monument and two hours into the rally they announced that, according to satellite photos, the crowd was larger than the one for the Glenn Beck nonsense on August 28th, an announcement reported by every media outlet in attendance including this blog.
It was around the time of the announcement about the crowd size that Reverend Al Sharpton gave a great speech that emphasized the need for Americans of all colors, religions and lifestyles to unite so the promise of our great country could be realized, and then backed it up by talking to the media about what is at stake in the coming election and why it is crucial to make our voices heard this November.
Earlier in the rally, MSNBC personality Ed Schultz, a progressive voice for all Americans not just for one religion or for one political orientation, exhorted the crowd to ‘fight to keep our country’ because unlike some Americans, we’ve never given up on it and don’t have to ‘take it back’.
But sadly, while the number of people at the One Nation rally was really a secondary concern to those of us in attendance compared to what it was able to successfully achieve, the news that it exceeded Beck’s Tea Party infested, divisive event seemed to touch an angry nerve for some, as can be seen in the comments generated in response to the posting about it here (see comments like Michael’s who’s so enraged he reveals troubling fears about his sexuality, our Stewartii who’s abject fear of an inclusive society leads to a morbid obsession with crowd counts).
Apparently a gathering of people representing all kinds of interests and concerns, all standing together as one and working for a common cause that benefits the entire nation and not a select few, is either a threat or a danger to what the Tea Party is and who they represent. And based on what Tea Partiers have written here and elsewhere in response to the One Nation success, it is also obvious they are very scared and very threatened by what took place in Washington DC on October 2nd. Even sadder for them is that it promises to only get worse when the Rally to Restore Sanity and the March to Keep Fear Alive take place in Washington DC on October 30th, which will probably represent many of the same people as at the One Nation rally and could be even larger! It is scary to think just how unhinged and off the wall the Tea Party will be when that happens, and personally, I just can’t wait.