To energize support for the Democrats during mid-term election in November, One Nation rally was organized and held on Saturday at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington. The organizers fueled their rally on similar basis as the conservative Tea Party: to bring the power back to the people of America.
The Obama administration is likely to lose seats in the House of Representatives and even, the US Senate.
According to the Washington Post, One Nation Working Together “was the left wing's first large gathering designed to counter the conservative tea party phenomenon, and many speakers warned that a Republican-controlled Congress would block or roll back changes. Organizers said they also wanted to show that their supporters represent the majority of the nation.”
If the organizers were hoping to bring back the kind of enthusiasm that brought Barack Obama to the President’s office – they should be sorely disappointed. The rally was nowhere close to the hundreds of thousands of conservative supporters that gathered to denounce the current Obama administration, on the same grounds. In August, conservative activists held a rally of over 500,000 people led by Glenn Beck which showcased the burgeoning power of them; their aim was to ‘"take back our country."
MSNBC host Ed Schultz opened the “One Nation Working Together” rally. He blamed Republicans for curtailing freedom and borrowed Glenn Beck’s rhetoric which vowed to ‘take back our country’. "This is a defining moment in America. Are you American?" Schultz told the raucous crowd of thousands. "This is no time to back down. This is time to fight for America."
Civil rights leaders Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson, along with the singer Harry Belafonte were also present at the rally.