Kathy Shaidle

9 Progressive Gatherings Gone Terribly, Horribly Wrong

Posted on October 4 2010 8:00 am
Kathy Shaidle blogs at FiveFeetOfFury, now entering its 11th year online. Her latest book is Acoustic Ladylandkathy shaidle, which Mark Steyn calls "a must-read."

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One Nation, Oct 2/10 (via American Power blog)

This Saturday, professional progressives — mostly union types, self-described communists, “faith groups” and other full-time “activists” — bussed their minions into Washington, DC, hoping to outdo Glenn Beck’s spectacular Restore America “8/28” event at the same location.

After the fact, AP reported that crowds at the hastily organized “One Nation” rally “were less dense” than those at Beck’s — a bit of unintentional (I hope) humor, perhaps?

According to another report picked up by Drudge:

While the Beck rally stretched well down the National Mall, Saturday’s event was shaping up to be far smaller, with sparse groups lingering around the reflecting pool and other monuments.

Some people described the event as a counter-protest to the Beck rally. Many mentioned the perceived racism they see among the tea party-style activists, even though no one who spoke at the Beck rally neared anything approaching criticism of President Barack Obama or his race. (…)

Organizers insisted the rally wasn’t partisan and said the message was about job creation, quality education and justice. However, the largest of the organizers, such as the AFL-CIO and the Service Employees International Union, tend to back Democratic candidates.

So far, I haven’t found any reports of arrests or fatalities at today’s rally.

Which is great news because sometimes when folks like this get together, the outcome isn’t good.

And I just don’t mean the documented fact that Obama’s fans left a mess in the Mall after his inauguration, while Beck’s friends brought their own garbage bags to 8/28 and dutifully cleaned up their own trash, such as it was.

No, I mean — well, there’s this:

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