This post from Thers was absolutely hilarious to me until I got to the end and saw that conservatives were yet again making the ridiculous claim that at their gatherings and protests, no trash is left on the ground, unlike those dirty liberals who can create trash out of thin air to leave strewn all over America's glorious landmarks.
And that's just very sad. I don't understand why the teabaggers find it so necessary to inflate their crowd to such ludicrous levels. How, well, dumb do you have to be to think that people will actually believe you got two million people on the National Mall the weekend after Labor Day? And how desperate for validation do you have to be in order to convince yourself that such numbers are real? It's as if the Teabaggers are a bunch of Napoleon Dynamites, talking about killing wolverines with their uncle and how they have a supermodel girlfriend in Oklahoma.
What really makes it pathetic, though, is how they actually believe - or at least want everyone else to believe - that they are so pure, so holy and righteous that they don't even generate trash. That two million people could spend all day in one place and leave it as spotlessly clean - no, more so - as they found it.
Human beings are dirty. They create trash and then litter it around. Archaeology as a discipline exists only because of this part of the human character. While I would like us to spread less trash, and less trash that poisons the planet, I for one would not criticize the Teabaggers just because they left a mess on the National Mall. If they managed to not deface and/or destroy anything that's good enough for me. I've got plenty else to criticize them for.
Protests are never only about what they're about. On the left there's always going to be the "Free Mumia" signs and other assorted topics that have nothing to do with the protest's declared purpose. But I'll take the "Free Mumia" folks over a bunch of Confederacy-venerating, gun-fetishizing, woman-hating (and that includes women), warmongering, authoritarian freaks any day.