It was a great event and I was proud to meet all those who went along! Although we all get upset at how things are going sometimes and upset with those that are leading too many people in the wrong direction, always remember that the best way to show them the right way is to tell them to follow God's teachings and lead by example. I also throw in a prayer for those who are so easily led astray that God will help them see the truth.
And now.... on a lighter note...... quote from a DC Native while in the Metrorail station waiting on the train several hours after the rally.....
"My buddy said when he ran into the traffic from the rally, "It was like rush hour..... except nobody knew where they were going...... and everyone had smiles on their faces!""
The sleeping Giant has been awoken! :)
After a 23 hour bus ride from Kansas City To DC, we were excited to get off the bus and take the sub to the Lincoln Memorial for the Restoring Honor Rally. Train after train passed without the space for a single additional rider. We finally gave up and found a cab. We pulled up to the side of Lincoln Memorial and could see many people walking towards the rally sight. We couldn’t yet see what was really happening. We walked a short distance and began to realize just how many people were walking towards the Lincoln Memorial. We were surprised to run into Darla Jaye, conservative talk show host for KMBZ ... she told us she had heard that there was a route to get closer to the memorial. So we made a quick turn and started our walk towards Lincoln Memorial. As we made our way through the crowd, we began to see what was happening ... as we reached the grassy area in front of the Memorial, all we could see were people. Thousands, tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands. They were everywhere! At that moment we realized just how big this was. This was history in the making and we were there! Despite the heat, goose bumps were there. We continued up the hill and made our way up the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. Reaching the top and turning around to look towards the Washington Monument, our breath was taken away. Myself, and my friends in our small group of eight, had never seen anything like this. From the Lincoln Memorial to the Washington Monument was solid people. There were 500,000+ people in attendance. They filled the grassy area on each side of the reflecting pond and extended into and beyond the tree line on each side. This was an hour before the rally was to begin and people were still coming by the thousands. We made our way back down the steps and into the crowd to the front side of the stage area. The crowds were thick and people were unbelievably polite. Several spontaneous chants of USA, USA swept through the crowd.
Ten o’clock came and Glenn Beck ran onto the stage. For those too far from the stage to see, several large jumbo-tron screens were placed on each side of the reflecting pond. Loud speakers were placed over the entire National Mall area. As Glenn began to welcome us it was obvious that he was overcome with emotion at the size the of the crowd. As I looked at the faces of the people in the crowd, people showed their feelings in many ways. Some applauded, some proudly waved the American flag, some smiled while others had tears streaming down their face. Glenn began speaking and talked about his dream of bringing us together for the event. Faith, Hope and Charity was the theme. Glenn stressed the importance of bringing our country back to the founding principles of our fore fathers. Sarah Palin was introduced as the mother of a serviceman. Alveeta King, niece of Martin Luther King, spoke on us uniting together, under God. Our color doesn’t matter. It was a hot day, and the breeze wasn’t even enough to wave the flag, but still, people stood ... shoulder-to-shoulder and listened. After and hour and a half we decided to make our way to the ‘edge’ of the event. As we walked through the crowed we met people from all over the United States and Canada. The group was diverse, old, young, families, disabled, white, black, latino ... Many that I spoke with said this was the first time they had ever gotten involved with something like this. The common thread of all I spoke with was the desire to stand together, in unity, to bring our country back to our founding principles. Many spoke of it being the time to get off the fence and do something.The time of being the ‘Silent Majority’ is over.
It was exciting to meet so many like minded conservatives on this trip. Being able to talk to others and network together is an amazing experience. I’ve already been in touch with several of my new conservative friends. All too soon it was time to climb back on the bus for the 23 hour drive back home. Three days, 46 hours in a bus, 12 hours in DC and a 3 hour rally ... left me excited, energized and ready to continue the fight to save this great country.
The tiny ripple I make in the pond won’t make a change, but when my ripple is joined by yours, a great tidal wave will hit and we will begin to see our country turn around. It’s not something that will happen overnight or this month, or even this year ... it’s a way of life.