The 9/12 Protest
Here’s my Washington Examiner column for this week, on the 9/12 March on Washington:
If you’ve been fed a steady media diet of MSNBC over the last few months, though, you could be excused for fearing a Pennsylvania Avenue takeover by a rabble of pitchfork-wielding cranks and extras from “Deliverance.” But the crowd — “in excess of 75,000 people,” according to a D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services spokesman — was made up of orderly, pleasant, middle-class Americans from all across the country.
In my two hours at the protest, I didn’t see a single “Birther” sign, and spied only one racially insensitive caricature. “Many of the signs,” the liberal Center for American Progress alleges on its blog, “attacked President Obama using explicit racial and ethnic smears” — a claim that’s simply false.
It used to irk liberals no end when conservatives crashed peace marches, snapped pictures of the nuttiest signs, and used them to condemn all Iraq war opponents as troop-hating traitors. That didn’t stop CAP’ers from trying the same tactic, to little avail.
The gallery of “racist, radical portrayals” they posted after spending hours looking at tens of thousands of signs contains few that fit the bill. (If an “Obamunism” placard featuring the president in a Che beret gives you the vapors, you’re probably too delicate to watch cable news without prescription tranquilizers.)
Here are a couple of pictures I snapped from the protest.
That’s what John Galt looks like, in case you ever wondered.
More important, what would he drive?
It’s sad when people conscript helpless animals into political protests.