UPDATE: The World Can’t Wait Rally in Chicago


According to the Trib, over 1,100 people- including Studs Terkel, high school students and parents of fallen soldiers- marched in opposition to the Bush administration and its policies in Chicago’s Federal Plaza. The march was but one of the many rallies that occurred in 68 different American cities yesterday.

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With new polls showing that Americans believe the CIA leak investigation is MORE IMPORTANT than Bill/Monica, Whitewater and Iran-Contra- and just about as important as Watergate- can there be any doubt that America is waking up?

5 Comments so far

  1. c (unregistered) on November 4th, 2005 @ 8:50 am

    1,100 is more like a small gathering of Terkel’s friends. Does that sad number constitute ‘awake’? Where was everyone else? Argentina??

  2. nikkos (unregistered) on November 4th, 2005 @ 9:50 am

    OK “C,” since you seem to e a numbers persone, here’s some data for ya:

    From the WashPost article “Bush’s Popularity Reaches New Low- 58 Percent in Poll Question His Integrity”

    …and that’s just the headline.

    “Currently 39 percent approve of the job he is doing as president, while 60 percent disapprove of his performance in office — the highest level of disapproval ever recorded for Bush in Post-ABC polls.”

    “…Bush has always retained majority support on his handling of the U.S. campaign against terrorism — until now, when 51 percent have registered disapproval.”

    “The survey found that 40 percent now view him as honest and trustworthy — a 13 percentage point drop in the past 18 months. Nearly 6 in 10 — 58 percent — said they have doubts about Bush’s honesty, the first time in his presidency that more than half the country has questioned his personal integrity.”

    “Nearly 7 in 10 — 68 percent — believe the country is seriously off course, while only 30 percent are optimistic, the lowest level in more than nine years. Only 3 in 10 express high levels of confidence in Bush, while half say they have little or no confidence in this administration.”

    Shall I go on?

    Since you were really referring to the number of protestors, consider this: these rallies occurred in 68 cities throughout the country. You do the math. Then add in all the bloggers, commentators, activists etc. that weren’t at the rally but support its aims.

    I think that as time goes on, you will be truly astonished at the number of people that will take to the streets and to the polls.

  3. c (unregistered) on November 4th, 2005 @ 10:16 am


    You might be correct in your anticipation of a better world. I appreciate your optimism.

    10,000 people showed up in Mar del Plata, Argentina (see today’s NYTimes) to demonstrate their passionate disapproval of Bush strategies. No one had to analyze polls to understand the significance.

  4. nikkos (unregistered) on November 8th, 2005 @ 8:59 am

    Update: My operatives in Louisville, KY report that 2,000 individuals lined the streets of Louisville in commemoration of our fallen soldiers, as part of the World Can’t Wait Rallies.

  5. Ben (unregistered) on November 8th, 2005 @ 2:29 pm

    Why should Bush be impeached? What crime did he commit? Just because liberals and Democrats can’t deal with losing elections doesn’t mean you can impeach someone for no reason.

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