Oh what fun! We got there very early and already hordes of people were filling in. Thankfully we’d chartered a bus. (Actually we chartered two!) Our driver dropped us all off at 15th and Independence, so we were right near the Washington Monument and in less than 5 minutes we were on the mall joining the masses walking towards the Capital.
It was a beautiful day and the sun was shining. I was sure we’d done well getting there so early but the closer we got, things suddenly started getting a bit choked up. Being a bit on the “vertically challenged” side I didn’t want to get to far in and all crammed up where my face would be mashed up behind some 6-foot guy’s back, so we filtered off to the side where it didn’t seem so bad.
Crowd estimates have bounced around between 150,000 and 250,000 people. I can’t say which was the most accurate, but there were a hell of a lot of people there. All in good form and all enjoying the day. Many were in costume and carrying signs. I saw just about everyone from Popeye to Austin Powers and silly signs from “Impeach Nixon” to “Show me Boobs”. Many others were cracking on some of the outrages spewed by the right.
And I must say, for the “cutest” attendant I encountered the entire day, the award has to go to this 4 months old little guy… Awwwwwh!
The show was full of surprises; Father Guido Sarducci giving the benediction, Yusuf, (aka Cat Stevens) and even Ozzy Osborne came blasting onto the stage.
It did my heart good to see so many people rallying for some sanity, considering the absolute insanity of some of the most vocal right winged whack jobs that have infiltrated politics today. Voters really need to take notice come Election Day of some of the outrageous agendas of the candidates running for office.
To start with we have (probably the most frightening) Christine O’Donnell. From having a midnight picnic on a bloody satanic alter to claims of “hearing the audible voice of God”, she vows to stop the whole country from having sex. Evolution is a myth because Monkeys are not still evolving into humans. God might cure your cancer, but you’re responsible for your own medical bills, and homosexuals are “Psychologically Defective”.
(HO-LEE SHIT! Where the fuck do these people come from? And what’s more important, what the hell is wrong with people who vote for idiots like this?)
Then there’s Sharron Angle, who states that some US cities are already under Sharia Law, and she does not rule out the potential need for “2nd Amendment Rights to combat a tyrannical government”. She has even suggested that 2nd Amendments might be a cure for Harry Reid! (WTF!)
Of course according to Sharron, her candidacy is a “calling from God”, and she says we must all “depend on God for protection, provision and our daily bread”. She claims that if a woman is raped, well, “it’s all part of Gods plan” (deal with it) and denounces abortion in any case. She also denounces gay rights, divorce, social programs such as Medicare and Social Security, AND she wants to eliminate the Department of Education!
(Well, I can see why she wants to eliminate the Department of Education!)
I must say, if whacko’s like this do get elected there is no telling what kind of “Christian Right-Winged havoc” will befall this nation. And people are afraid of Sharia Law? Seems to me to be about 6 of one and half dozen of the other!
Please… Vote, and for all our sakes, be informed and vote SMART!