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Happy U.N. Day. Or not

Signs at the un-U.N. Day rally in Olympia, Sept. 24, 2011 (Jim Camden)
Signs at the un-U.N. Day rally in Olympia, Sept. 24, 2011 (Jim Camden)

If you have a calendar that lists a wide-enough array of special days, you could check to discover that today is United Nations Day. The U.N. was formed 66 years ago today.

In Olympia, however, it is un-U.N. Day for about 60 people who gathered on the steps of the state Capitol. They came to celebrate "American Exceptionalism" and sovereignty, and suggest the United States get out of the U.N., and the organization's headquarters should get out of New York City. Wouldn't Donald Trump like to get his hands on that prime Manhattan real estate, one speaker wondered.

The demonstration was sponsored by several Tea Party organizations, the Freedom Foundation and the Second Amendment Foundation. A couple of motorcyclist in leathers from the Sons of Liberty Riders also made an appearance.

As protests go, it wasn't particularly large,. There's no legislative session going on and this is a pretty peaceful place, so it's pretty easy to get noticed, but sometimes hard to draw a crowd.




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