Conservative “Activists” at Metro Stations

Some activity around Union Station and Foggy Bottom Metro stations today; protestors with signs and petition clipboards calling for an end to “Rxationed Health Care” and protecting “Worker’s Rights.” Not your typical Greenpeace minimum wage clipboarders or LaRouchie card table shriners, though; the attire was a bit too far over this side of smart casual, the protestors’ poise a bit disengaged from the normal DC crowd, and the messages just a bit…teabaggy.

Some Twitter mention of this from radical conservative activist @bradtidwell, who is at Foggy Bottom this morning protesting “socialized” health care. I think I got a feel for the general tenor of the protest when one of the Union Station guys shouted “PROTECT WORKERS! DEATH TO UNION THUGS!”

Roving Asian mendicant, can occasionally be seen wandering the streets of downtown Washington, muttering unintelligible gibberish to passers-by while pushing a “bag lady” shopping cart full of old blankets, American flags, soda cans, and healthy secondhand snacks from organic food shop dumpsters. Used to live in a cardboard box at 16th and K but the rent was too expensive.

7 thoughts on “Conservative “Activists” at Metro Stations

  1. Please. What ever happened to “dissent is the highest form of patriotism”? Or how great it is that our President was a community organizer?

    Come on, just because you don’t agree with what they are protesting, doesn’t mean they deserve the scare quotes around the word activists. As if those on the left have EVER worried about the “tenor” of protests. And what does one’s attire have to do with anything? That they are well-dressed, so they MUST be organized by and stooges of some nefarious conservative group? As if the Greenpeace or LaRouche activists are not stooges of Greenpeace of LaRouche. I’d guess that not only are they not minimum-wage workers (as you say the Greenpeace folks are), but they are probably volunteers.

    The First Amendment applies to everyone, dude.

    This is the most illiberal and asinine post I’ve ever seen.

  2. Brownpau, if your post had been a substantive criticism of their views, then fine. But it wasn’t. You were mocking them for exercising their right to speak out And you minimizing their right to speak out by implying that they are faux activists.

  3. Uuuuuh yeah, ooookay. I’m going to just leave that “comment” up there despite its incoherence and just ignore the illogic that scare quotes somehow reduce freedom of speech and assembly.

  4. I agree that the quotes should have been omitted. Skewed the articles perspective before I even read it.