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March For Our Rights 3

bobbyrlf3bobbyrlf3 Senior MemberPosts: 2,539 Senior Member
This is a conservative rally held each year here in Washington state.  This year, it was held at Heritage Park in Olympia, the state capital.  This was my first time attending; I feel like not enough conservative voices are being heard publicly.  The so-called "silent majority" can't afford to be silent anymore.


There were quite a few speakers, including state representatives and candidates for state offices, and local activists.  It was interesting, to say the least, and I dare say, an eye-opening experience.  The tone was generally positive (until the subject of our current governor came up, which happened often), and there was very little police presence, until some lady rode by in her car screaming profanities about President Trump and flipping people off.  Then, on her second pass, some guy decided to spit into her car, which she clearly did not appreciate.  She called the police, and while she was talking to them, the guy came over and told me and the guys standing next to me what he did.  He was later arrested, which he deserved. 

Other than that, it was a peaceful rally, with lots of interesting conversation and some good music, until Sacha Baron Cohen (sp??) showed up in some stupid outfit, supposedly to look like a hillbilly.  He had conned the rally organizer into believing he was a musician with a band who was going to perform.  When his turn came, he got up there with his "band" and "sang" some putrud, ugly, racist garbage, which the crowd picked up on and booed him off the stage.  His security detail ushered him out of there pretty quickly, but his cheap stunt had soured the mood.  I have no idea why a millionaire actor would spend the money and time pulling a stupid stunt like this at a rally this size.

Anyway, I still had a good time.  Some things I'd like to note:

1.  I was one of only two black men I saw at the rally.  I hope I can change that in the future, but it won't be easy.  I don't know more than a handful of black men who are political conservatives, including my family.  



2.  There was a lot of open-carry there, as I had a feeling there would be, so I decided to try it as well.  This was my first time ever carrying openly, and it felt good.  So good, in fact, that I decided to also open carry at the grocery store later in the day. I had no issues, no funny looks, but a guy did stop me in the parking lot and ask me about buying a gun and carrying openly and/or concealed.  I let him know about Washington state law on carrying both ways, and about buying guns and legal transfers.  He expressed his gratitude for the info.  

3.  While at the rally, there were several petitioners asking people to sign petitions to get a candidate on the ballot, or to get some initiative started.  I'd estimate 4-5 (that I saw).  Only one of them approached me and spoke to me, though all of them spoke to people around me (within 10 feet of me).  One lady asked to take my picture, and complimented me on my carry gun choice.  

4.  I had some good conversations with some of my fellow attendees, which happens to me a lot, and was in stark contrast to the behavior of the petitioners. I got more compliments on my carry gun (Springfield XD Mod 2 Tactical).  

5.  A couple of Antifa idiots were there, trying to look inconspicuous, but they were easy to spot.  There was also another brave protester who came in with a girl and a sign that read "Guns are Gross", which I found amusing.  He didn't stay long, but looked a bit surprised to see me there (he was black too).  When he pointed to his sign and repeated his slogan, I informed him that I rather enjoyed my guns, and the guy standing next to me said, "but they are gross after you leave the range.  You gotta clean 'em".  We got a good laugh out of that. 

6.  I have mixed feelings about the Confederate flag.  I can't lie; seeing it there made me a little nervous at first.  I get that for a lot of people, it represents a heritage, and for some, a proud history.  But being completely honest, it has always carried negative connotations for me; whenever a person has been displaying it in front of me, it has always been by a person using it as a symbol of racial hatred.  I chose to ignore it.



Again, overall, I had a good time, and I will definitely attend next year, hopefully with more people with me. This is too important not to.
Knowledge is essential to living freely and fully; understanding gives knowledge purpose and strength; wisdom is combining the two and applying them appropriately in words and actions.

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  • 2Aman2Aman Member Posts: 332 Member
    That was a great post, thank you for sharing. I agree with everything you said👍🇺🇸
  • RugerFanRugerFan Senior Member Posts: 2,212 Senior Member
    Excellent post!! Thank you!!
  • earlyagainearlyagain Posts: 6,515 Senior Member
    Interesting.
    I've never felt compelled to join an a right of assembly type gathering. Im uncomfortable in crowds. I wouldn't like the attention of open carry.  Im glad nothing bad took place there.
  • JayhawkerJayhawker Moderator Posts: 16,531 Senior Member
    I'm a little agorophobic and don't do well in crowds either...but in spite of the few idiots that you encountered, I'm glad you had a good time...great post!
    Sharps Model 1874 - "The rifle that made the west safe for Winchester"
  • AlleyCatAlleyCat Posts: 236 Member
    edited June 28 #6
    Very good post, well phrased.
    Had to google Sacha Baron Cohen, still not sure who he is.
    He did what he came for though;

    Did you know you are part of a right-wing militia?
    :D


  • Make_My_DayMake_My_Day Senior Member Posts: 7,593 Senior Member
    BSC movies are crap too.
    JOE MCCARTHY WAS RIGHT:
    THE DEMOCRATS ARE THE NEW COMMUNISTS!
  • CHIRO1989CHIRO1989 Senior Member Posts: 12,262 Senior Member
    AlleyCat said:
    Very good post, well phrased.
    Had to google Sacha Baron Cohen, still not sure who he is.
    He did what he came for though;

    Did you know you are part of a right-wing militia?
    :D


    No place to comment on TMZ's lies on the link...
    I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn away from their ways and live. Eze 33:11
  • LinefinderLinefinder Moderator Posts: 6,491 Senior Member
    edited June 28 #9
    Great thread, Bobby. 

    SBC is a weird dude. I'd love the opportunity to unwelcome him from any place I happened to be.

    Mike
    "Walking away seems to be a lost art form."
    N454casull
  • BigslugBigslug Senior Member Posts: 8,053 Senior Member
    edited June 28 #10
    Good on you for going out with the less-silent wing of the silent majority.  The thing about us silent majority types - we mostly just look at the noisy minority, shake our heads, and then go out to vote against them.   :D

    I've been to a couple of major NRA meetings, and was pretty active politically during the "dark times" of the Clinton administration - exhausting and a little too indoctrinal for someone who doesn't pigeonhole neatly into any of the primary political action groups and clings to the 2A as a means to maintain his freedom from EVERYONE.  I'm just not much of a joiner.

    Also good on you for showing that this is not just an issue for us white folks, and also for trying to get the salient points through to the black community.   One can call attention to the fact that the Dems have only pandered to and exploited that group, haven't actually done anything positive for it, and were the party of the Confederate flag to begin with. . .but it's a hard pitch for a white guy to make despite the preponderance of supporting evidence.  Receipt of the message shouldn't depend on the messenger, but unfortunately, that isn't how it usually works.  None of that stuff is easy - hope you can at least have some fun with it.
    WWJMBD?

    "Nothing is safe from stupid." - Zee
  • Diver43Diver43 Senior Member Posts: 10,476 Senior Member
    Glad that things went well 
    Our Country needs more of this
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  • bobbyrlf3bobbyrlf3 Senior Member Posts: 2,539 Senior Member
    AlleyCat said:
    Very good post, well phrased.
    Had to google Sacha Baron Cohen, still not sure who he is.
    He did what he came for though;

    Did you know you are part of a right-wing militia?
    :D


    It was news to me  ;).  And this was not a meeting of a militia group; just regular folks.  If you can call that a militia, count me in.  
    Knowledge is essential to living freely and fully; understanding gives knowledge purpose and strength; wisdom is combining the two and applying them appropriately in words and actions.
  • bobbyrlf3bobbyrlf3 Senior Member Posts: 2,539 Senior Member
    Bigslug said:
    Good on you for going out with the less-silent wing of the silent majority.  The thing about us silent majority types - we mostly just look at the noisy minority, shake our heads, and then go out to vote against them.   :D

    I've been to a couple of major NRA meetings, and was pretty active politically during the "dark times" of the Clinton administration - exhausting and a little too indoctrinal for someone who doesn't pigeonhole neatly into any of the primary political action groups and clings to the 2A as a means to maintain his freedom from EVERYONE.  I'm just not much of a joiner.

    Also good on you for showing that this is not just an issue for us white folks, and also for trying to get the salient points through to the black community.....None of that stuff is easy - hope you can at least have some fun with it.
    I'm not one for joining large groups, with few exceptions, which is why this was my first time in three years.  I don't think anyone can articulate my feelings on a particular subject better than I can, and I wouldn't want someone representing me saying things I don't agree with.  I just think that we can't really afford to let the extreme leftist voice be heard more than ours anymore; kids just aren't being exposed to the truth enough these days.

    Thanks everyone for the feedback!
    Knowledge is essential to living freely and fully; understanding gives knowledge purpose and strength; wisdom is combining the two and applying them appropriately in words and actions.
  • earlyagainearlyagain Posts: 6,515 Senior Member
    edited June 28 #14
    Eddy Glaude Jr has a pretty good editorial about the whole monuments/history thing. Not all minority and/or African American voices are supportive of illogical conclusions.

    Here's a link. Not a Conservative news source, but IMO it doesn't negate the content.
    https://www.nbcnews.com/meet-the-press/video/-a-moment-of-reckoning-mississippi-flag-debate-princeton-removes-wilson-s-name-86239813547
    I thought what he had to say about Wilson was spot on.
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