In both cases, citizen journalist bloggers were on hand to document the proceedings with eye-opening photo essays:
Two rallies, not very far apart in time or location — and yet they couldn’t be more different.
I consider myself neither left-wing nor right-wing, and I disagree with one side or the other on various issues — but after viewing these images, I don’t think there’s any question where I’d feel more at ease.
Below is a sampling of images from each rally. (Click on the links above for the full reports.) Scan them and tell me: At which rally would you feel more comfortable?
Show this essay to people you know who are liberals, or conservatives, or middle-of-the-roaders, and ask them: In all honesty, if you had to choose to be associated with the protesters at either rally, which would make you least embarrassed?
They say that a picture is worth a thousand words. Let’s see how telling these images are.
Evil, racist, hateful right-wing teabaggers:
Tolerant, peaceful, patriotic, enlightened liberals:
The Jawa Report looks over the images, and finds some of them lulzworthy:
Really kind of sets the tone between the rhetoric and emotion behind the left vs. the right, huh? So much for the violence of the hateful right.