I was very disheartened to see that these people don't even have an awareness to complacently respect their own great-grandparents or any others who served in Europe and Asia, etc., and respect the WW II installation. It was not unbelievable, but despicable, that the apparently concerned citizens didn't even have the decency to find a trash can. It was a if they were a group of junior high students forced to go on a field trip because that was what the teachers and parents agreed on for that day. In a casual, apathetic act of rebellion, they dropped the "dumb signs" that they were handed when they had arrived and stepped off of the busses for yet another day of unpleasantness in their directed lives. And perhaps that characterization isn't far from the truth.
I heard many participants were told by their unions that they had to go, and many were corralled for the event, ad if they were just warm bodies needing to go because regular school wasn't in that day. The point being that they cared as much as junior high kids who'd have much rather been doing something else that day.
The way they left the National Mall, including the WW II Memorial, was shameful. It seemed to me to suggest that the event was a lazy, feckless, cardboard display of numbers.
To what end? The event opened with a fellow named Ed Schultz, a radio and TV talk show host who is often seemingly unprepared, and whenever I've caught his show is factually wanting. It was billed as a nonpartisan event, but Schultz, from MSNBC, proved that wrong at the outset: he said they needed to fight "the evil... conservatives". Uh-huh. That's uplifting, positive, understanding speech.
The carelessly tossed signs, and ridiculous claims of extravagant head counts, showed me that this was a cynical effort: It was a leftist attempt to try to one-up the many Tea Party rallies and especially conservative radio and TV talk show host Glenn Beck's "Restore Honor" event which had been held in August at the same location.
The thrown-down signs were shameful, but the real proof of the organizers' cardboard intent was the blatant vitriol coming from many of the speakers that day.
If the crass, complete words from that day of Ed Schultz, Harry Belafonte and others, the booths of socialist, communist, and other far left groups, and thousands of careless, disinterested, bussed-in union workers are the pinnacle of the American political left's idea of the goodness of this "one nation", then OneNation is not a promising movement for this nation's future.
I'll stick with the folks who were inspired by an act of rebellion from 1774, in Boston Harbor.