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1/20 Versus 9/12 – Compare, Contrast

Speaking of photographs, here are a couple of photos of the Washington Mall after Mr. Obama’s inauguration on January 20th:

And here is the Washington Mall after September 12th:

Pretty neat, for such an angry mob.

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, September 13th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

18 Responses to “1/20 Versus 9/12 – Compare, Contrast”

  1. Rusty Shackleford says:

    Steve, thanks for posting this. I was wondering about that and how it would fare. I had estimated that the “angry mob of radical right-wingers” would no doubt police after themselves and make sure no mess was left behind.

    It’s the little things that say the most sometimes.

  2. proreason says:

    It’s not a little thing.

    It is highly symbolic of what our country used to be.

    And what it is becoming.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      Well, you know what I mean. Small acts that you and I consider normal behavior, such as not making a mess, or just cleaning up after ourselves, become BIG things when compared to uh….”others”.

      And again, you are right, of course. You and I were probably raised to be polite, be quiet, speak softly, let people take turns, don’t make a mess, help pick up, participate and recognize that it’s a personal mark of good character.

      “The others” have none of these tools in their kit, only unbridled, illogical emotional outbursts and a desire to stick it to whomever they are mad at today.

      But I once asked a black guy who was very up on the issues and the “black cause” saying, “I ask you. Suppose you got your wish and every white person was punished, just the way you’d like. And they got lynched, and beaten and all those injustices you speak of. How does that make the world a better place? What has it improved. And, would it put a Cadillac in your driveway? Would it give you a house WITH a driveway? How would you benefit from such a world?”

      His answer, “Well, it wouldn’t be black folk bein’ beat down no more.”

      “OK”, I said, “but my question is, how would it make YOUR life any better. Give me a specific point that you can tell me. Would it suddenly give you a college education. Would it erase your list of misdemeanors? Would it bring anyone you loved back from the dead?”

      And he got the look on his face my dog does when he hears a strange sound. And I walked away.

      If his brain worked at all, he just might eventually realized that being angry is a self-defeating thing in 99% of all cases. Occasionally it has its uses. But misguided and misunderstood anger just makes one angry. And it leaves you there. And it is something that will eat a person alive.

      Ask me how I know.

    • proreason says:

      “polite, be quiet, speak softly, let people take turns, don’t make a mess, help pick up, participate and recognize”

      So yesterday.

      It took years to train my nephews to do the exact opposite….but they have mastered it. The secret I think…..never ever say “no”.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:


  3. P. Aaron says:

    If you want to know who’s in charge in Washington these days: Just watch the final 20 minutes of Gimmie Shelter.

  4. pianogirl88 says:

    What an experience it was to be at the DC Tea Party yesterday! Everyone was so polite, smiling, laughing, enjoying themselves. Even the police seemed to be having a good time. I asked one if the group was behaving and he said, “absolutely!” I’m sure they would rather see our group come back a thousand times more than when the anarchists storm the City to protest the World Bank which they manage to do once or twice a year.

  5. Guys?

    I was there.. You have no idea…. WOW..

    We had maybe 20 police, 4 ambulances NO FOOD VENDORS (until later when a couple ice cream carts guys woke up and said “holy sh^t they have people”) and I even helped the goodwill guys clean up one of the trash piles around one of the 8 trash cans.. (it was full and unfortunately was a little overflowing)
    There were like 20 porta potties with 1000+ waiting to use for most of the time, and one with an “ACORN OFFICE” sign on it.
    I wrote about the crowd a little.. http://michigantaxes.com/wordpress/a-right-wing-woodstock/

    WE had NO ARRESTS, and people were simply cool. Very respectful. Responsible.

    God Bless America.

  6. Tater Salad says:

    When a crowd from the “inner-cities” shows up they sadly also bring with them, their life style…..and leave it on the ground.

    • Right of the People says:

      Tater, Y’all is a racist (LOL). Just wait until the PC police get a hold of you.

    • Liberals Demise says:

      I wonder how many of those pieces of paper had ‘Hope and Change’ printed on them? They look pretty big to be kleenex for wiping the tears of glee away.

      Thanks for showing the difference between a Terrorist Angry Mob and the Gemmies of oBaMa.

  7. Pipeman says:

    Steve, will you explain how come the grass is still standing after supposedly 2 million people trampled it????

    Or was the photo taken as people started to march in???

    That’s some tough grass. It should be used on football fields.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      double post

    • Rusty Shackleford says:


      Contrary to popular belief, right wing extremists are much softer on the environment than most believe. In fact, in keeping with the vast right wing conspiracy, all right wingers have, on the soles of their shoes, special scientifically-created treatments to encourage plant growth, minimize damage and foster photosynthesis.

      However, with that said; My god you’re an idiot.

    • proreason says:

      “will you explain how come the grass is still standing after supposedly 2 million people trampled it????”

      It’s the same phenomenon that won’t allow steel to be melted by fire.


  8. Tater Salad says:

    It is quite obvious “who respects their country more” by the photo’s above. Democrats will grab the flag, rap it around them and tell everyone they are this countries saviour. Then an “event” is created and their true beliefs and morals come out and “wipe out’ all of the above as the pictures indicate. Hypocrits!

  9. katmeredith says:

    I know I was raised to “be polite, be quiet, speak softly, let people take turns, don’t make a mess, help pick up, participate and recognize that it’s a personal mark of good character.” The ‘be quiet, speak softly, let people take turns’ part is nearly impossible these days. Most of the time in conversation, I don’t say anything, because I would either have to yell or interupt someone. It’s very frustrating sometimes, but I would rather be silent and polite than participate by interupting.

    On another note, we mostly walked on the sidewalks and streets. Also, I saw people shifting often and spreading their weight out in order to avoid permanently trampling the grass. While most trash cans were overflowing, leaving the trash near the cans was a help to maintanance workers, I’m sure. I didn’t see any violence, I met some very nice people, my neighboring protesters shared their food and bottled water, (my favorite) younger people helped older people when they told us to send texts, we all obeyed the police, followed the volunteers directions and cleared the pathways. Overall, it was a lot of fun and while anger may have sent us to DC, it was a happy comraderie that ruled the day. I know I was thrilled to see so many like-minded people.

  10. Gail says:

    Ummm….isn’t the government supposed to clean up all our messes? Isn’t that why he was “elected” in the first place? Hello!!! “Daddy O” is in the White House and he’s gonna make it all better. Four years of blaming everybody else for everything you don’t have. No responsibility, lots of government handouts, and all the twitter updates of the parties at 1600 P.A. What more could an American want?

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