My best guess about how many sign toting activists, from both sides of the spectrum, turned out to demonstrate on a busy corner in St. Louis on Saturday would be as many as 150. But there may have been many more, because it started at 11:30, and I left at 12:15. At that point, people were still arriving.
This first sign holder should perhaps have stayed home, since he seems to suffer from iron deficiency. Oops wrong term. I meant irony deficiency. He wants Congress to listen to the voters?
Oh, me too. So does this lady.
Still, despite the polar opposites represented by the signs, this demonstration was, unlike other events I’ve covered this last month, civil. Turns out that when they don’t have a Democratic legislator to badger, the right wingers do know how to behave themselves. Sure, the two camps tended to clump into separate groups, but many times, they stood peaceably side by side.
The only rude person I encountered was this feisty grammaw, who told me to get out of her face with my YouTube. The sign seems to say something about “Obama lies”, but she wouldn’t let me get a decent look at it.
Everybody else was perfectly pleasant.
Here’s a sampling of what they had to say. There was lots of horn honking from motorists, but since both sides were equally represented, it was impossible to tell what the passersby agreed with.
And, of course, there were lots of “Don’t tread on me” flags, including one held by a child who is being raised up as a good conservative.
And, true to their belief in the free market, some conservative capitalists were doing business. (As you can see, the busy intersection was near Rep. Carnahan’s office.)
Sir mini-capitalist, you obviously believe in competition. Why don’t we give those health insurance companies some competition? Profits for the top ten companies rose from $2.4 billion in 2000 to $12.4 billion in 2007. Your little free market business there, it doesn’t benefit from the same monopolistic breaks as the big insurers get. You oughta be jealous, especially considering what you pay for your own insurance–if you have any.