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Oct 8 2010

Does Size Really Matter?

10/2 rally v. 9/28 rally

Each of these photographs was taken near the beginning of the respective rallies, 8/28 Restoring Honor and 10/2 One Nation, and is a reasonable representation of the support garnered by each. Does it matter?

Many on the left would tell you now, after organizing a rally supported by 400 organizations (some of which told their members they had to attend and others which paid their way there) and abjectly failing to garner any significant support, that crowd size is irrelevant. Of course, over the past month all we’ve heard from many of these same people is that the convergence of so many angry, white, racists on the national mall on 8/28 was just a matter of chance. Lawrence O’Donnell even went so far as to say that the approximately “86,000″ people there were what you’d typically expect on a summer Saturday afternoon. As one who did attend 8/28 (and wanted to attend 10/2 but had a conflict) the stupidity displayed in such statements is nothing if not amusing.

If size really doesn’t matter, if support of particular principles means nothing, what is the point of elections? Why is anyone concerned about Nov. 2, 2010 or that fast-approaching fateful day of Nov. 6, 2012? The left’s attempts to sell the message that it doesn’t matter how opposed the American public is to their policies is either laughable or frightening. Public support is the very essence of democracy; on the other hand, if you plan to rule with an iron fist and in complete opposition to the will of the American people, you might not care (health care anyone?).