Joe Repya notes the big number from the RNC – or rather, the lack of number:
For months leading up to the Republican National Convention the anti-war crowd in the Twin Cities boasted that they would have 50,000 to 100,000 people protesting on the streets of Saint Paul during the RNC. Well, they didn’t even come close.
The major media and the St. Paul Police estimated that at the height of the protests on Monday, September 1st, that maybe 8,000 to 10,000 people were present. The protest organizers have unions who bused in marchers (the AFL/CIO, the Teachers Union and Service Employee International Union) to thank for what pathetic numbers they did muster.
The media gave much more coverage to some 400 to 500 anarchists that rioted in the streets by breaking store windows and destroying automobiles. Naturally the anti-war organizers whined about it to the media by complaining that they didn’t get the coverage they deserved. Frankly, they deserved nothing. You have freedom of speech, but that doesn’t mean others have to listen to what you say.
And remember – your right to swing your fist ends not only where my face begins, but your parade permit ends when it says it ends.
Just like ours did.