I have just started looking at all the news about the leftwing One Nation Working Together Rally. The most noticeable news is the crowd size. From the aerial photos, it is quite clear that the One Nation Rally failed to match Glenn Beck’s numbers.
Still for a predominately union organized event, they were able to bring a significant number of bodies to the mall (Even if they had to bus them in).
I think one of the reasons why the left has such a hard time bringing out crowds to match Tea Party strength, is because there really isn’t any over arching theme for the left. Look at these two Reason TV videos below.
It seems like for every person there, there is some different reason for protest. Is this what the left is all about? Everyone chopped up into individual grievance groups (i.e. anti-war, gays, blacks, Latino, pro-choice, illegal immigration, socialism and the list goes on and on). Each group is only really concerned about their own little grievance and thus wont’ (unless organized) come out for someone else’s grievance. A perfect example of this is how minorities threw gays under the bus in California with Prop 8.
The Tea Parties by comparison have three simple themes (less spending, less taxes, more freedom) that work hand in hand. It is very easy to rally around these themes and under those themes you find Tea Partiers with sub-themes (immigration, abortion, defense of marriage, etc). What was the over arching theme of the One Nation rally? As far as I can tell, it was; “we can throw a big rally too”! That is hardly the kind of theme that makes you want to invest your personal time and money to attend.
The only thing I can see the One Nation rally accomplishing is to fool the left into thinking they have enthusiasm too. Perhaps it might help bring out their numbers next month, but I would not count on it. The right has been itching to vote for almost two years now. Pent up frustration like that cannot be replicated in a little over 30 days.
Via: Doug Ross
Via: Reason TV
Via: Crooks and Liars
Photo h/t: Left Coast Rebel