|We were about a 1/4 mile behind the big yellow Life balloon. Thousands of people in front of us, thousands of people behind.|
The estimate for today's March for Life was over 200K+ participants. How exciting, considering that the Office of Personnel Management, in a move that baffled most people from the Washington, D.C. area, announced that the Federal Government would be closed until 11am today. The threat of ice was too hazardous to have people travel into the District of Columbia or surrounding areas to government agencies.
Odd, Fairfax County public schools were on time, and most other counties had only a two hour delay. The Federal Government will typically offer liberal leave on days that offer questionable wintry weather conditions, but to close until 11 am, on the day of the March for Life, well that was something that made a few people scratch their heads -- myself included.
With the marchers fired up and ready to go, there was an electricity in the air that seemed to exceed prior marches. The youth rally required people to be up and out of their homes and en route to the dangerously icy D.C. at 5am. Everyone arrived at the Verizon Center filling it and cheering for the cause of the unborn's right to life. My daughter was one of those who attended the rally.
The rest of us headed down to D.C. around 12pm with rain ponchos and boots, ready to march. We merged into the March, and off we headed to the pass by the Supreme Court and offer prayers for the scourge of abortion to end in our country.
Surprisingly, there were very few counter protestors. They must have heeded the weather warnings. When 200K+ people show up in your city to march peacefully and exercise their right to free speech, you expect something of a counter protest. I personally saw no one. Someone else that was with a different group said there were about 5 people that were standing on a corner shouting at marchers.
Or, maybe they just didn't feel the urge to rally a counter protest based on the President's less than impassioned commentary on the anniversary of Roe vs. Wade. Here's what he said:
As we mark the 39th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, we must remember that this Supreme Court decision not only protects a woman’s health and reproductive freedom, but also affirms a broader principle: that government should not intrude on private family matters. I remain committed to protecting a woman’s right to choose and this fundamental constitutional right. While this is a sensitive and often divisive issue—no matter what our views, we must stay united in our determination to prevent unintended pregnancies, support pregnant woman and mothers, reduce the need for abortion, encourage healthy relationships, and promote adoption. And as we remember this historic anniversary, we must also continue our efforts to ensure that our daughters have the same rights, freedoms, and opportunities as our sons to fulfill their dreams. (from barakobama.com)A paragraph. Ho hum...I guess killing babies is just too common place. Not much thought went into a statement that makes this comment: "ensuring that our daughters have the same rights, freedoms, and opportunities as our sons to fulfill their dreams.
When's the last time an abortion was performed on a man? The same rights, huh? What on earth is he talking about? Babies shouldn't limit a woman's opportunity to excel in the work place? Really? Who will work if women don't have babies?
Well, 200K+ people showed up today to peacefully disagree with what's in that paragraph. This event can't simply be dismissed. The internet is bigger than ABC, CNN or any of the other media outlets that will try to down play the significance of the March for Life. And try as they might to derail it, you can't control the weather and you will never be able to. How lame to manipulating the weather reports and close down the government.
200K+ people still came, still marched and still voiced their disapproval of a law that allows for the innocent to be slaughtered often for matters of simple convenience. That fact cannot be denied.
And the voice of the opposition -- seemingly mute. A sign of hope for the future.