Monday, September 01, 2008

Only In America

One of the things I love most about our country, and which I believe many of us take for granted, is the right to peacefully assemble. Yesterday, we took full advantage of our freedom. Our town was fortunate enough to host a rally for the McCain-Palin campaign. It was literally just down the road from our house so how could we not go? Particularly since there are so many history making moments already being made in this election year.

Although the heat and humidity were near unbearable, the three of us non-adventurers managed to beat the heat and the crowds. And were there crowds! An estimated $15,000-most of whom didn't appear to be from our town, but from nearby counties. Behind us in line to get in was a young family who had relocated from New Orleans. They had come not only to hear John McCain and Sarah Palin, but in particular to hear local politicians. I applaud them for their efforts-they had very young children with them and dad had to hoof it back to the car a half mile to put the stroller back since security didn't allow them.

Our boy did well in the heat, but lost his zeal shortly after the bus arrived with the presidential and vice presidential candidates. We waited nearly four hours so I didn't blame him for being done at that point. In fact, we had been able to see the governor, Senator Bond and others speak, but when the main speakers came out we could not see them at all including John Rich. But all in all it was a good day and we were glad we went. No matter your stance on issues or candidates, I encourage you to take advantage of your right to assemble and to be mindful of all the freedoms we experience in America.

Happy Labor Day!


cindy said...

Bet it was pretty amazing. I watched both conventions and was pretty impressed with the McCain-Palin pairing. We shall see.

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