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The budget was tight, but we managed to get our money’s worth out of the trip. Fortunately my brother and his family recently moved to
With the Freedom March being Saturday morning, and only a 13 hour drive in front of us, we were able to spend all of Friday touring DC. We made sure to hit up the Jefferson, Lincoln, and FDR (only by accident) memorials, as well as the American Portrait Gallery.
Oh, and we managed to find our way to the front steps of our beloved Federal Reserve headquarters and participate in a good old fashioned protest. There were probably 50 or so of us adorned in monopoly money. Most of us were Ron Paul supporters who were making the most of being in town a day early. So it was nice to meet and chat with some like-minded people. We actually ran into our good friend Dan Tucker, the excellent meet-up group leader we met while attending school in his hometown of
We were out the door by nine Saturday morning, with my brother Reed driving us down to the northwest corner of the
The crowd started to work itself into a frenzy as we began to envelope
By marches end, over 6,000 Americans had poured onto the front lawn of the Capital. We stayed on that lawn, listening to good music, over a dozen prominent speakers, and sharing ideas and enthusiasm with others, clear until 6 pm.
It was especially interesting to see the range and diversity of people at the rally. In fact, where one might expect to find a bunch of college youth making a ruckus, instead the majority of the crowd was the droves of families that came out.
With a variety of people you get a variety of sights. The spectrum of messages being advocated on people’s shirts and signs were certainly broad. Memorable messages such as, “Legalize the Constitution” and, “Warfare + Welfare = Broke” abounded the field along with a plethora of patriots waving a variety “Don’t Tread on Me” flags. Oh…and I also got a sticker handed to be me with Che’ Guavara wearing Mickey Mouse ears. Awesome.
Ron Paul was our keynote speaker; he covered all the big issues and commended us for our continued energy in the cause, pointing out that we should be proud and aware of our ongoing responsibility to civic duty. As always, he was kind, generous, and witty. It’s always a pleasure to hear him speak. His most present concern seemed to be the escalation of
The march was an excellent time all around. I’m looking forward to having a similar, if not, better experience at Ron Paul’s convention September 2nd in
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