The Protest Against the Debt Ceiling Deal

Yesterday, MoveOn.org and several like-minded local groups held a protest at the statehouse. According to Philip Marcelo of the Projo, the theme was opposition to the debt-ceiling deal signed into law last week.
Immediately following the Tax Day Tea Party rally this past April, commentary was offered, in this and other forums, that not enough people had attended for the event or its message to be considered significant. (The commentary was usually offered from people who wouldn’t agree with the Tea Party’s message no matter how many people attended, but I digress.)
For purposes of comparison, I stopped by yesterday’s protest, to compare crowd sizes. Here’s the debt ceiling protest…


The photograph above was taken at roughly the same angle as this photo from this year’s April 15 rally


But back to yesterday (both literally as well as metaphorically, in terms of policies being advocated). Let’s move in a little closer…


…and a little closer still…


…to get a more detailed picture of the “crowd”.

So what do the people who have confidently claimed that the Tea Party rally was too small to be considered as a reflection of a movement of mainstream importance have to say about the debt-ceiling protest?
One other note: At the time I arrived, one of the protesters was reading a message from First District Congressman David Cicilline, written specifically for this event. As the 2012 campaign progresses, it will be interesting to see if comparable (or larger) size events receive similar personal attention from Congressman Cicilline, or if organizations arguing against major Federal spending reforms hold a special place in the Congressman’s heart.

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ANTHONY
ANTHONY
10 years ago

Those pictures about sum it up. The USA is a center-right country. The Tea Party is a out cropping of those beliefs. Move-On is an anti-American leftist group funded by Soros. Soros makes a lot of money betting on the failure of this country. Enough said.

joe bernstein
joe bernstein
10 years ago

Kinda pitiful.
These are mostly the same people who stand out there like the woebegone musical trio from “The Nightmare Before Christmas” in front of th War Memorial,or across from the Exchange Terrace with their little signs about peace,and “hands off(insert name of third woorld country here)”,or rights of illegal aliens,or health care,or….you know the drill-the Stone Soup cause of the day.
I think some of them sincerely mean well,but some are truly evil minded and want to destroy this country at the behest of Soros.
When Soros dies it ought to be a world holiday.He has killed how many people by destroying economies through his manipulations?You needn’t be Bashir Assad to be a murderer.These fools don’t even know it.

Monique
Editor
10 years ago

“by destroying economies through his manipulations?”
No, no, Joe, that’s not a problem. See, destroying economies and profiting on Wall Street is perfectly fine if the manipulator is a leftie. (If he’s a right winger, of course, he’s an evil predator for whom we need to create a special confiscatory tax rate.)

joe bernstein
joe bernstein
10 years ago

Oops,Monique,I forgot about moral relativism.

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