The weather was perfect – 72 degrees and sunny – for the “One Nation Working Together” rally at the Lincoln Memorial on Oct. 2. I was determined to go with an open mind because I wanted to try to understand what would motivate someone to attend an event sponsored by unions and self-proclaimed socialist and communist groups.
The rally started at noon, and, as planned, I arrived in Washington just before 2 p.m. As I entered D.C. from the Virginia side, the first thing I noticed was that people were walking away from the rally site in droves. Not a good sign for an event that was scheduled to last until 4 p.m.
As I stopped at the first light after coming across the Teddy Roosevelt Bridge, I was surprised to see a number of vacant parking spaces on 23rd Street – something unheard of in a city where you can drive around for an hour in search of a parking spot. I made a quick left and promptly backed into one of the available spaces.
My wife and I then started walking toward the Lincoln Memorial, an easy trek compared to the exhausting walk we had endured for Glen Beck’s 8/28 Restoring Honor rally when the closest parking we could find was at the Willard Hotel on 14th Street. As we walked toward the Lincoln Memorial, people wearing T-shirts emblazoned with logos and wording in keeping with the theme of the rally continued streaming by us in the opposite direction.
The first thing I did was try to estimate the crowd size, which was unusually difficult because of the nonstop flow of people leaving the event early. I generously factored in a large number for those early departures and came up with a crowd estimate of between 75,000 and 150,000 – far more than the 30,000 to 50,000 I had guessed might show up. Clearly, I had underestimated the power of union bosses handing down mandates to their rank and file to attend.
At the Beck rally, it was strictly shoulder to shoulder, virtually impossible to walk in most places. That crowd was no less than 500,000 – and perhaps as high as 750,000. But one of the many differences with the 8/28 event was that virtually everyone stayed until the rally was officially over. They were there by choice.
To the crowd’s credit at the One Nation rally, however, notwithstanding the brazenly anti-freedom and anti-free-market signs and rhetoric, people were generally well-behaved, though clearly lacking in enthusiasm. To their discredit, however, trash was everywhere, which I have found to be a trademark of those on the left – especially the environmental crowd. By contrast, it was hard to find any trash on the ground at Beck’s 8/28 event.
Tabloid-size “newspapers” were all over the place. One was called The Militant, which featured the headline: “Public education is a birth right, not a corporate profit.”
Another one, Challenge: The Revolutionary Communist Newspaper of Progressive Labor Party, sported a logo that read “Fight for Communism.” Mind you, this was at a rally called One Nation Working Together – in the capital city of the United States of America!
Then there were the signs:
“Wages that are rightfully ours.”
“We demand $$$ for jobs and education.”
“Capitalism is failing. Socialism is the answer.”
At one of the many tables where books were being sold, I wrote down such titles as “Bolshevism, The Communist Manifesto,” and “Black Liberation and Socialism.”
I could fill a book with what I saw at the rally, but to me the bottom line is this: The Oct. 2 One Nation Working Together event was simply a celebration of that age-old disease, class warfare. Unwittingly, the hate peddlers who promoted it provided a public service by letting us know they are still out there, alive and well. And they are poised and ready to bring down the American way of life – especially freedom and the free-market system.
As I walked back up 23rd Street after my short stay at the rally, I thought to myself, “This was a reminder that America is irrevocably split into those who want to put a stop to the government’s policy of redistributing wealth and those who demand that the government use force to give them even more of other people’s wealth.”
The latter group (which I estimate at nearly one-third of the current U.S. population) is fully prepared to sell their souls to a totalitarian regime in exchange for the “stuff” they think they deserve. I’m not sure how they define deserve, but it matters not. What does matter, sadly, is that they are nothing more than pawns in a power game that has existed probably since the Neolithic Age.
These pawns have long been referred to by everyone from George Orwell to Alvin Toffler to Saul Alinsky as the Have-Nots. This is what the One Nation Working Together rally was all about, nothing more and nothing less. It’s an old theme that will continue to be with us until the last breath of humankind has been extinguished.
And the truth that many people do not want to believe is that there is no solution to the problem. The only hope is containment. Right now, a majority of Americans are poised to push back and try to contain the radical left from bringing down the curtain on capitalism and individual sovereignty. But no matter what happens on Nov. 2, no one should be deluded into believing the war is over. The war will never be over.
Start preparing your mind now for what’s coming after Nov. 2, and teach your children what Ronald Reagan said back in 1964:
“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.”
After what I saw and heard in D.C. on Oct. 2, I can vouch for the Dutchman’s words.