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March 6, 2009

Field Trip

We took a little field trip last Friday, to do something I never, ever thought I'd do: take part in a political protest, in front of the White House.

We attended the D.C. New American Tea Party, and had a great time! I will happily go again. Approximately 300 people were there, all energetic, all enthusiastic, and all fed up with the way the government is handling our money.

One of the piggy pork balloons

One of my favorite signs

It is true, and funny, that more conservative folks don't know how to have a good protest. We tried, but it's just not in our natures. We're not good at outraged chanting. We're outraged, yes, but screaming and chanting slogans? It's just ... not us. Or maybe it's just the more libertarian conservatives, because Republicans chanted well enough at their rallies. Either way, this Tea Party group need some work. Yes. Nevertheless, we were all having a good, outraged time, and I hope there are more. I am happy to do this. Thrilled!

And we all had a good laugh at the Wall Street Journal column covering the event (no, I'm not going to bother linking). This columnist described the gathering as a group of zombies, chanting dead slogans from the zombie Right. I ought to go back and count the number of times he used the word "zombies." If he uses the word enough times, that makes it true, right? Plus, if you want to make your point that this was an insignificant, tiny gathering of whiners, you'd do better to ignore us completely. Spending an entire column to proclaim our irrelevance doesn't quite get the job done. Who's whining?

Afterwards, we spent the rest of the afternoon at the Smithsonian. For Friday science (and history) we took in their exhibit on atomic power/bombs. To tie in with history we viewed the flag that flew at Ft. McHenry during the War of 1812, the one that Francis Scott Key was watching when he wrote "The Star-Spangled Banner." That, folks, is an amazing thing to see.

Posted by lynx at March 6, 2009 1:02 PM


Sounds like a great day! Good for you for getting out there. (Too bad about the WSJ. I usually like that paper.)

Posted by: Urban Mom at March 6, 2009 11:10 PM

Yeah! Boo to taxation with representation! Boo to taxation! We can pay for our expensive military through voluntary donations!

P.S. Not sure how you feel about Reagan, but even he didn't think Roosevelt's economic policies were failed policies. He never apologized for or repudiated his four votes for Roosevelt.

Posted by: groped by the invisible hand at April 15, 2009 8:44 PM