Over the weekend, a crowd of people from all over the country assembled in Washington D.C. The website for the 9/12 march states that the people gathered to protest “the out of control spending, the bailouts, the growth of big government and the soaring deficits,” as well as “the future tax increases to pay for all of this spending and debt down the road.”
In an attempt to marginalize the protest, many in the media are downplaying the event and underestimating the number of protesters gathered. It has been reported that tens of thousands came to this event, though other reports estimate the number at closer to one million, possibly even more. Based on the number of riders on the Washington D.C. Metro subway system, compared to this weekend last year, a fair guess for the number could be around 313,000 – 433,000.
Michelle Malkin posted a time lapse video of the protest on her blog. [You can watch the video below.] If you watch this and look at pictures from the event, you sure get the impression that the mainstream media is underestimating the numbers in their reporting.
Keep in mind that this is just a small portion of Americans who oppose the rapid expansion and corruption in government. Most would not be able to attend this event. The voice of the people is loud and clear. Will the President and Congress listen? Or will they not get the message until November 2010?