Liberal ‘One Nation Working Together’ rally leaves Lincoln Memorial ridden with trash, much dirtier than Glenn Beck’s ‘Restoring Honor’ rally

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      Jeff Winkler

      Jeff Winkler is a Daily Caller staff writer covering firearms, as well as campaign advertising and fringe culture topics. He worked previously for several Arkansas and New Zealand publications. His byline has appeared in Slate, Reason, Good magazine, the Guardian, Washington City Paper and most notably, Worm Digest.

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.”)

SLIDESHOW: The best souvenirs from the ‘One Nation Working Together’ rally

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  • marylandrocks2010

    The Mall was not trashed after the Sanity Rally. I was there. If you have ever been to NASCAR, Football, or Baseball games, outdoor events you know there’s always cups and trash left behind by some people.

    The first thing I noticed this weekend and said to my family was “wow, look how clean it is.” There were people with plastic bags handing one another bottles and cans and everyone was recycling. I have read that Glenn Beck’s crowd cleaned up after themselves and I think it’s so fantastic! It’s so great to see EVERYONE taking pride in the National Mall.