Here’s my second post on Saturday’s right-wing astroturf rally. Like I said earlier today, since a picture is worth a thousand words I’m going to let images from the protest speak for themselves:
[His shirt reads “‘The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.’ –Thomas Jefferson”]
Here’s one picture, though, that doesn’t speak a thousand words about Saturday’s hate-a-thon:
That picture was circulated on the right, who claimed it was from the 9/12 protest and used it as proof of just how large the crowd was.
There’s another big problem with the photograph: it doesn’t include the National Museum of the American Indian, a building located at the corner of Fourth St. and Independence Ave. that opened on Sept. 14, 2004. (Looking at the photograph, the building should be in the upper right hand corner of the National Mall, next to the Air and Space Museum.) That means the picture was taken before the museum opened exactly five years ago. So clearly the photo doesn’t show the “tea party” crowd from the Sept. 12 protest.
You think that someone in the conservative brain trust would have noticed that an entire building was missing from that photo, but I guess accuracy isn’t a prerequisite for being an intellectual leader on the right.
UPDATE: Here are three thousand more words for you all:
I think that last particularly is particularly funny.
See, back when Bush was President we progressives were the ones demanding that our civil liberties be respected and protected. In response, these very same conservatives attacked us as weak terrorist-enablers who cared more about our “quaint” rights than America’s national security.
Funny how much things can change in only 9 months.