“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."

Monday, September 14, 2009

Two views of 9-12 Marchers: 'Crackers' vs. ' Wonderful people, civil and polite'

Chocolate City

September 14, 2009
9/12 was a transformative event
By Clarice Feldman

Sometimes an event occurs which is transformative in a way that everyone who sees it or participates in it instantly is aware of. Yesterday's demonstration in Washington DC is one of those rare happenings in my opinion.

The Daily Mail said 2 million Americans participated. My friend Charlie Martin extrapolated from the pictures an attendance figure of 2.3 million. Here is a time lapse of the parade portion of the event so you can get a feel for yourself of the size of the crowd. Whatever the actual number it is sure to be seriously underestimated by the Obama-besotted members of the press corps who are also likely to misrepresent the participants and their views.

But as a participant, I want you to know the attendees were wonderful people, civil and polite. They showed their respect for the Capitol and the event by leaving no mess behind when they were through, in marked contrast to the inauguration and the usual left wing demonstrations here.

The feeling I have is that this is a wretched political class, as full of itself as it is idea-less and talentless and the people know it. They are disgusted enough with the new American elitism to travel on their own dime by any means available to come here to let Congress and the President know that they will use every legal means at their disposal to overthrow them. And overthrowing them is precisely what they intend to do.

Congress is up for election in 2010. They can rely on the grossly inaccurate press accounts if they choose. But I'm telling them it would be a major error to do so.

- Clarice Feldman

And now for the view from a friend of ours, The Field Negro

So the Million Middle Aged White People March went off today in D.C. without a hitch. (At least, as of this point in time, I haven't heard of any problems.) Blacks weren't storming out of their homes in the "chocolate city" to tell the "crackers" to go home, and the protesters didn't storm the White House lawn and demand to have the chosen one's head on a platter. I saw a few pictures of the protest and there was not a pitchfork in sight. Some of my Afrospear friends have blogged about it, but I am going to leave it alone. They got 50,000 people to march on Washington, big deal. His O ness packed 17,000 in the Target Center on much shorter notice.

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