Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Tea Party and the grand tour of Virginia

As we all know there are some huge things going on in Washington.
Things that we must have a voice in........we must not be silent. I would not describe myself as a real politically active person. Yes, I vote.......but that is about it.
But both of my brothers are really staying on top of things.
So when my older brother asked me to go with him to the march on our Capital......I really just thought it would be a neat way to see D.C again after all these years.
As I sat on the metro Saturday morning listening to people passionately talking about what they thought about the things taking place in D.C.....I began to feel that maybe I have been a little slack in some areas. They were very passionate and seemed pretty well informed.
Really made me wish that Christians were as passionate about their cause....the cross.
By the time we arrived at our stop......the train was so packed that it took awhile to get off....and in the end they opened all gates to let us up to the surface.
We made our way to a section of the city named Freedom Square.
Pretty appropriate since we were there to protest high taxes and a power hungry government.
Those in charge are supposed to be our voice.......but something has gone seriously wrong.
The square was packed with people expressing freedom of speech.....often by the signs they carried. Here are two........some should have limited their freedom out of decency. :)
There was media of course.......both on the ground and in the air.
The crowd that was gathering grew so large that the march began an hour earlier than planned.
We actually skirted the crowds in order to get to the capital a little sooner.
I heard someone say the march was about a mile long........making up anywhere between 6 hundred thousand and 1 million.
As we came to the Capital we were met by police on horse blocking off one street. We prepared to go around them when all of a sudden we heard one of the policemen say......"We need to get out of the way now"! I guess they could see the huge wave of people coming.

There is really no way to show the amount of people present. It was a pretty neat event to be a part of. We do need to make our voice heard. Do I think this event did that?
I don't know.
But I did hear several times that day, by the speakers, that
"The Dome is is time to take it back".

We did have fun the next two days.
We visited at least 6 of the Smithsonian museums.
(This is a room in the National Archives---it holds our Constitution and many other important papers. And was in the movie.....National Treasure), Then took in all the monuments and the Arlington Cemetery.
It was neat to see the changing of the is hard to imagine that there is someone guarding the unknown soldiers tomb 24/7.....365 days a year.
The above is a picture of my brother an I at the Arlington house.....above the cemetery.
After all this we went to Colonial Williamsburg.
If you homeschool you might want to check into the program they have for homeschoolers.
As we checked in there were several families there with their children.
It is an incredible place for your children to learn history.
Over all it was a great trip.....but it is oh so good to be home.


Mary said...


I love Washington. I've never been to the Smithsonian but have been to Arlington three times and the changing of the guard is awesome.

We stopped in Washington with the boys in 2005. It was a cold, windy day. They saw The Wall, the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument, but didn't see Arlington or the Smithsonians. Brandon really wants to come back and I'm hoping we can do that next year.

Take care and thanks for stopping over to my blog and entering my giveaway.


Denise said...

Great post.

Amy said...

I have to say, thank you for going! Thanks to the people who speak (or walk) out, the rest of our voices can be heard!

Sounds like you guys had a great trip - except for the runnung a marathon in flip-flops incident!