"Does anyone know what the rally at the Lawrence L stop was about today? I was caught in the middle of it and honestly have no clue what it was about.
I got the L station a little after 9:00. There were a lot of people waving American flags and it seemed to be led by someone dressed as Uncle Sam carrying a blowhorn. Several hundred people were congesting the station so thoroughly that I had to walk to the Argyle station to have any chance of getting on a train to make it to work.
They then boarded a red line train headed south (the train I caught at Argyle) and managed to inconvenience everyone at every stop south to Monroe where they debarked. The train was as crowded as a Cubs game cattle car. I saw a few people at Belmont and North & Clybourn left standing at the platform because there wasn't room on the train for them to board.
The attendees seemed to be enthusiastic, but I couldn't decipher what about. Common calls were "Freedom is free" and "Freedom train." The most common sign I saw claimed "Jobs suck." There were a great deal of video cameras filming the entire debacle.
I'm not really a morning person and worked late last night, getting home sometime after 11:00, so I was pretty grumpy with whatever was going on. I just wanted to get to work and they were in the way for absolutely no reason I can decipher. Since I was in no mood for any of it (remember, not a morning person), I turned up my headphones and managed not to make snide comments to these obviously enthusiastic people.
A rally is fine, I suppose, but would it hurt them to make their purpose manifest to passers by?"