The Tennessean estimates 2,800 to 3,000 people attended the rally, according to Metro spokeswoman Kris Mumford. The highest estimate is 7500. Only once was it tense during the entire 2+ hours I was there. I don’t know who was speaking at the time because I couldn’t see or recognize the voice but the announcer mentioned that some of the state legislators had joined us at which point someone behind me started booing. Someone else piped in to cut it off with a USA chant which everybody on the plaza joined in, then a singing of the national anthem. Some fellow looked at me a little funny because I was singing along. Well, I am one of those crazy hillbillies, after all, and he was in a suit. Or perhaps it was just my singing voice, which I’ll be the first to admit isn’t that great.
I talked to a lot of people and took a lot of pictures. Unfortunately, my stupid cheap camera kept only 26 of them so I picked out a few to upload.
Of course, Fred had to be there, if just in spirit.
A real scary terrorist.
This guy has the right idea.
A partial view of the crowd who showed up. There were more on the side from which the picture was taken. Plus, this was early. People were still arriving.
One of the pictures that wasn’t saved was a group of teens with bandanas covering their faces. I sidled up to one and asked what all that was about. He said it was a school thing; their way of making a statement about what they believe government is.
One of the signs there said: “Born Free, Taxed to Death.” I had to disagree with that one. They’re taxed from the second they’re born now. As I was fiddling with images, I was listening to the Fox news coverage of the protests. As they often pointed out during that coverage, this was not a conservative movement but an American movement. There were Republicans, Democrats, and Independents in the crowd. It was the same with this one in Nashville. Nor was it a racist endeavor. There were quite a few races and/or cultures represented in the group. I had a conversation with one fellow about his sign and I wish I still had that picture because it was a looooong statement and I fear mangling it. However, from the conservation, I’ve encouraged him to start blogging. I also gave him this web address. If he gets over his fear of technology, I’ll certainly link to his blog. He said he just now learned how to email.
There was a lot of horn honking from passersby. There were also a couple of antique trucks going round the block repetitively with big signs and big flags. I also didn’t save a picture of a man dressed in a kilt holding bagpipes with a sign attached that simply said: Freedom. Some of us weren’t carrying signs but we helped add to the masses. Others were dressed in Revolutionary and Civil War garb. Not many, but enough to be noticed.
Marsha Blackburn was there. She seemed to be the only politician welcome as she was cheered heartily during her small speech. Overall, people didn’t want to see or hear from the politicians. There were a lot of signs that said: Fire Congress.
The hardest to watch were the young veterans, and there were quite a few, with signs declaring vets are not extremists. On the previous post there is a bit of dialogue about that but I’d like to continue it here. Since before the 2006 Congress, our military has been villified. Murtha called some of them murderers and never retracted in spite of the fact they exonerated. In the previous post a commenter pointed out there was also one against left wing extremists. A reading of both documents show the stark differences. If opposing Obama’s and Congress’ confiscatory policies makes me a right wing extremist, I’ll wear the name with pride. “When government is big enough to give you everything, it’s also big enough to take everything away from you.” Only God should have the ability to do that. Never government.