Thursday, November 5, 2009

... the right of the people peaceably to assemble...


I don’t have anything profound to say about today's rally at the Capitol. It was a simple exercise of some of the rights guaranteed by the first amendment, which happens to begin with the words. “Congress shall make no law…”

It was only a week ago that Nancy Pelosi announced that she was going to bring HR 3962, the $1.2 trillion, 1990 page “healthcare” bill, to a vote by the end of this week, believing she had the votes to pass it The very next day, Representatives Michelle Bachman (R-Minnesota) and Steven King (R-Iowa) took to the airwaves with a simple appeal for people to convene on the West side of the Capitol on Thursday at noon for a rally, to be followed by visits to Congressional offices to urge their lawmakers to vote “no” on the bill.



I have no idea how many people showed up (estimates range from 20,000 to 40,000), but by my eyeballing of the crowd, it did not look too shabby of a gathering for something that was just thought of less than a week ago. To ask working people to drop everything and show up in Washington on a weekday is no small matter. It was not too big a deal for me, because I work downtown, so I just took off a couple of hours in the middle of the day and worked late to make up for it. For others who dropped everything and traveled from surroundnig states and even the other side of the country, it was a big deal. God bless them.

Will it have any effect? I don’t know. The other side does seem intent on jamming this down our throats. If they do, they will have a lot of angry voters to contend with in a year or so, and that has to be on their minds. After all, we do live in a constitutional democracy, at least for now.

3 comments:

JD Curtis said...

Pelosi et al are a bunch of scumbags. This bill just gets worse and worse the more it is examined.

Giovannni Alessi said...

Wishing you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving!

JD Curtis said...

I almost forgot. Happy Thansgiving Leo!