Yesterday the National Mall in Washington, DC was the site of one of our nation’s most cherished and important traditions.
And today, the same sacred site hosted another important tradition. The Women’s March on Washington had larger than expected turnout, with some news sources reporting a crowd comparable to attendance on the actual Inauguration Day. Whatever the final numbers, it is quite possibly the largest inauguration-related protest in American history.
Standing in solidarity with Washington were citizens across the country, with many sites beating expectations. The Lone Star State was certainly no exception. The Houston estimate of attendees was north of 22,000, and estimates for Austin are said to have crossed up to 50,000 attendees.
So those are the stats, and here is the why. Sure some people showed up today because they still refuse to see Trump as a legitimate President. It was an opportunity for them to let off some steam, and be around like-minded folks with similar complaints.
But for most, today’s march was about more than Donald J. Trump, or any one President. It was a reaffirmation of the America that has had a place since Barack Obama was elected in 2008. It was a reminder that one Electoral College result may have chosen a leader, but it didn’t erase the people of this nation. It didn’t erase their values. Of the 324 million citizens in the United States (235 million in the voting-age population), 130 million of them participated in the 2016 Election. Of that sum, state lines and their apportioned Electors determined a winner which only 63 million of those people selected, while 66 million chose the other candidate. So sure, what happened today across the country was a protest.
President Trump is still relatively new to governing, but he has lots of experience in business. So instead of viewing today’s events as protests, perhaps another way to think about them is a shareholders’ meeting. Like any major company, the citizens of the United States all have a stake in our country. As President, Mr. Trump is the only elected official whom serves all of us… 324 million shareholders, 324 million bosses. Like the inaugural celebrants of yesterday, we have a right to ‘welcome’ the new administration as well, and voice our interests and concerns. Glad to see that the message is getting out.
Here are a few snaps from Women’s March Houston…