The liberal “One Nation Working Together” rally in Washington Saturday was a trashy affair — much trashier than Fox News host Glenn Beck’s “Restoring Honor” rally held at the end of August, at least according to one member of the clean-up crew who worked both events.
As the ralliers began to disperse from the “One Nation” rally around 4 p.m., one thing was immediately clear: the area around the Lincoln Memorial had become a landfill.
Fast food remnants littered the area below the Memorial. Empty water bottles were omnipresent as were discarded stick-mounted signs. The limited park-provided trash bins were almost works of art. The trashcan heaps bursting upwards looked like images of volcanoes caught mid-eruption, to say nothing of the areas surrounding the bins. Pompeii never had a chance.
Perhaps the biggest problem was the pamphleteering. With well over a hundred groups passing out buttons, sign-up sheets, newspapers, pamphlets, flyers, rants and manifestos, it should come as no surprise that a lot of the printed material became sidewalk graffiti.
The Daily Caller attempted to see just how much stuff a single person could accumulate at the rally. Apart from time constraints, there were several self-imposed limitations governing TheDC’s research:
• Only free items were counted
• Items were only taken when explicitly offered by the pamphleteers first
• Items were only taken once
• No wood-mounted signs or banners were taken that couldn’t fit into a backpack
TheDC also attempted to pick up anything off the ground, but this became logistically impossible after 1:30 p.m.
The result: 112 items (17 stickers; 22 small leaflets; 14 8.5-x-11 flyers; 7 broadsheet newspapers; 7 pamphlets; 5 business cards; 2 mail-in forms; 2 large signs; 1 208-page book; and 1 postcard. The rest of the 112 items came from a 34-loose-page document titled, “General Motors and UAW Information for Investigation Consideration.”)
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