I will let other people's words describe my take on this.

“In societies where modern conditions of production prevail, all of life presents itself as an immense accumulation of spectacles. Everything that was directly lived has moved away into a representation.”--Guy Debord.

“Totalitarianism is never content to rule by external means, namely, through the state and a machinery of violence; thanks to its peculiar ideology and the role assigned to it in this apparatus of coercion, totalitarianism has discovered a means of dominating and terrorizing human beings from within.” - Hannah Arendt

"And we have killed him. How shall we comfort ourselves, the murderers of all murderers? What was holiest and mightiest of all that the world has yet owned has bled to death under our knives: who will wipe this blood off us? What water is there for us to clean ourselves? What festivals of atonement, what sacred games shall we have to invent? Is not the greatness of this deed too great for us? Must we ourselves not become gods simply to appear worthy of it?" -- Nietzsche

At one point, the crowd spontaneously broke into a rendition of Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'".  I don't even know how to describe what it was like to watch this crowd of people sing,  "Don't Stop Believin/Hold Onto that Feelin" as they waved their flags next to the Freedom Pit, an open grave, to celebrate the death of a spectre.

Chanting, "America, Fuck Yeah!"  sans the satire.

When this young woman climbed up here, the crowd began to chant, "TAKE IT OFF.  TAKE IT OFF.  TAKE IT OFF."

This guy was reading the Declaration of Independence out loud from a smart phone.

Crowd surfing.

Singing, "Nah Nah Nah Nah, Nah Nah Nah Nah, Hey Hey Hey, Good Bye."

Chanting "USA! USA!  USA!"

Singing God Bless America.

Our national flags.

Pledge of Allegiance.

Singing "We are the Champions."   Yes.  Really.

This guy was wearing a Busch Beer Jacket and carrying a boombox blasting Lee Greenwoods "God Bless the USA".  Yeah, you know, "I'm proud to be an American, where at least I know I'm free."

Shortly after taking this shot, the couple started walking away, with her still propped on his shoulders.  Two cops approached, and one said to the other, "Follow the tramp stamp."


This one goes out to you, Amerikkka. "Keep on Rockin in the Free World."


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  1. great shots T!!

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