Columbia, SC - Thousands of protesters filled the west lawn of the South Carolina State Capitol on Friday in the largest rally against government run government since Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock.
Waving Confederate flags and misspelled handwritten signs imploring "gubmint stay out of our gubmint!" the demonstrator's anger was palpable.
"The founding fathers never envisioned government run government" said Cletus Drexel of Clover, SC. "Right now, the government is creepin' to a place where government bureaucrats in D.C. are running government and making all of government's major decisions on behalf of the government. The government is sucking government dry with out-of-control spending and racking up huge deficits. It ain't right."
The atmosphere was frisky and irreverent at times, with signs and images comparing Uncle Sam to Hitler and also depicting Uncle Sam as a version of Heath Ledger's Joker character in The Dark Knight.
The rally was best summed up by Hattie Litchfield of Clemson, "There are 6 million people assembled here today that feel the same way I do. We're all here to show support for getting our government to stay out of our governmental affairs. We don't need the government interfering in the life of the government any more than my ole'coonhound needs more fleas."