Tuesday, November 15, 2005
Today is the 35th anniversary of the march on Washington, which set a record at the time for the largest public demonstration in United States history. A quarter of a million demonstrators peacefully called for an immediate U.S. withdrawal from Viet Nam.
The administration a year later talked of the "nattering nabobs of negativism" (a phrase spoken by Spiro Agnew but written by William Safire) in the press, and attempted to spin public opinion by suggesting that not supporting the war was unpatriotic.
How times have changed.
The Quotidian Meander