Joan Schmitt, who is forming a downtown conservatives’ club, has sent us her report of the 8/28 Restoring Honor Rally with Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin.
“It was a great rally. Everyone needs to witness something like this once in their life. There was a sea of people. I was about a hundred yards from the stage at the fence to the left of the reflecting pool. From all directions I saw nothing but people.
“The most important thing I got out of the entire event was this: There were tens of thousands of people there with me who all felt as I do about the state of our country. I – we – are not alone. Everyone was very respectful of each other. Absolutely no shouting or raucous behavior of any kind at any time. There was a strong police presence, but all they were doing was walking around. The event was exactly on time from start to finish. And – absolutely no one left early. I was watching for this. You know how people start leaving a ball game early when they know the end is near? I saw no lines of people leaving and, when it was over, there were many who just stayed right where they were.
“Glenn Beck said there were somewhere between 350-600,000 people. It was a very Caucasian crowd and very middle class. Lots of American flags, t-shirts with “Restoring Honor” etc. Lots of kids of all ages. Just a very American crowd.
“Speakers were really good. No one spoke for too long. Patriotic music but not too sappy. Beck spoke about three times during the entire event. Sarah Palin spoke after his initial introduction. Dr. Martin Luther King’s niece, Alveda King, spoke also and was great. The event was well timed. Three hours was plenty, but not too much.
“These are the things that stood out to me as I am sending this. I am really glad I went.”