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Permit Denied to 2 Million Bikers to DC on 9/11; Riders Roll Anyway!
by Tammy on September 9, 2013
Posted in: Good Idea, Good News, Hero, Inspiration, Patriotism, September 11


As I posted a couple weeks ago on Tammy Blog, Islamists are planning a so-called ‘Million Muslim March’ in DC on the anniversary of 9/11 which is now fast approaching. In response, bikers called for a 2 Million Biker ride through the capitol. The response has been amazing, but last week we found that while the Islamists got a permit the biker were refused by DC (where are we Pakistan?).

The good news is the riders are rolling anyway! God bless all of you on the road and planning to be there to show DC, the nation and the world who they’re truly answerable to: the American people, not Islamist special interest groups. We are just 48 hours out, here are the updates:

Sons of Liberty: Permit Denied to 2 Million Bikers to DC on 9.11.13


FINAL DETAILS FROM THE NATIONAL “2 MILLION BIKERS TO DC” TEAM:

Washington DC has DENIED our permit for a no-stop ride through Washington DC. We find this regretful for the residents and businesses of that great city, and humbly offer our apologies. What could have been a one or two hour ride through will now likely be an all day event. We will be obeying all laws. We will be stopping at all stoplights, stop signs, and yielding to all pedestrians.

RESIDENTS AND BUSINESSES OF WASHINGTON DC: On behalf of the National “2 Million Bikers to DC” Team, please accept our sincere apologies. We did the right thing and went through the proper channels to secure a no-stop permit to ride through your great city. We wanted to ride an established route, which would have taken us past the Viet Nam Memorial to the Lincoln Memorial, across the bridge into Virginia, and that’s it! We would have been completely out of Washington DC, and your city would have been back to normal.

The National Team fully expected our permit to be rejected, and have already drafted a Plan-B. That Plan-B will be posted a little later today once the final details have been bolted down.

We know that California and Texas riders had kicks stands up yesterday. Many other western states have kickstand up today and throughout the weekend.

RIDERS: You are true, blue Patriots and we salute you for your participation in this event! Many of you have taken time off of work to be here. You have freely given of your time, your funds, and your bikes to ride shoulder to shoulder in this event. You have have left your families and your jobs to be here. Those of us who ride come from different clubs, chapters, and organizations. Some of us ride with family and friends and some ride alone. But on September 11th, we ride as one!! We ride to pay tribute and offer respect to those that lost their lives on that day 12 years ago, and to salute our troops engaged in the War on Terror. Riders!…we are the best of the best in America!! Our love for these people and this country is staggering, and we will make a display of Patriotism and solidarity America won’t soon forget!!

Riders!…we lift you up to the Lord and pray that His hand and divine protection will ride with you all.

Rubber side down, brothers! See you Wednesday morning!!


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MsPat

Sep 10 @ 5:34PM  
Riders!…we lift you up to the Lord and pray that His hand and divine protection will ride with you all.

Rubber side down, brothers! See you Wednesday morning!!

sugarnspice005

Sep 10 @ 5:57PM  
Good for them! It's their right after all.


soft_touch938

Sep 10 @ 10:04PM  
Awesome! God Bless America and everyone of those bikers. Please keep them in your prayers.
TwistAndShout

Sep 11 @ 5:40AM  
To be clearer, the Sons of Liberty were not denied a permit to go to DC. None is required. They were denied the right to ignore stop signs and stop lights, which was what they requested..

The "Islamists" who were organizing what they called a Million Muslim March (which the Sons of Liberty are protesting) don't have that right either.

Prediction: There will be nowhere near a million Muslims in DC and nowhere near 2 million bikers in DC.
RJ53

Sep 12 @ 4:37PM  
I saw this all over Facebook and here is what I do find disturbing about all of this, Why is it that people in this country are so fast to talk about their rights but yet get pissed off if someone else exercises those same rights? So the Muslims wanted to march on DC. It is their right as long as they obtain the proper permits and don't break any laws, Just let it go. I think that the bikers would have been better off to have a memorial ride than a protest ride on 9/11.
sugarnspice005

Sep 12 @ 5:33PM  
Bikers event

They did not hit the expected 2 million. And as one of them stated, this was for remember the victims of 9/11.

The bikers -- riding with the group "Two Million Bikers to D.C." -- snarled traffic on the Beltway with a ride honoring the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and the members of the military called to serve after the attacks.

As for the Million Muslim March...the name of that was changed back in February.

Article

Regardless, we in America have the right to voice our opinions and to protest. Both groups were exercising their rights. Whether or not one agrees with them, that's a matter of the individual I agreed with their ride through because they have the right to protest also. Granted, snarling up traffic in D.C. is a pain in the ass, but common sense would have them looking to alternative routes to work for that one day. But then again, I live in Michigan where we refer to our summers as "road construction season". We're used to the re-routing due to the constant road construction.

TwistAndShout

Sep 13 @ 5:19AM  
The number of bikers was put at 80,000, or approximately 4% of the two million.

Nobody ever said the bikers didn't have a right to protest. My issue was with the bike protest organizers' whining on their Facebook page that the Muslim group was given preference because they got a permit and the biker group was denied one. That was bullshit.

The organizers of the Muslim march got a permit to march on the mall. The biker group wanted the city to shut down dozens of intersections (at a significant cost to taxpayers) so they could roll through the city and not have to stop at intersections, which is way beyond anything the other group requested.

And personally, I'd prefer to see both groups leave 9/11 as a day of quiet remembrance for the victims of the attack. I don't find the sound of thousands of Harley engines all that conducive to quiet reflection and respect for the dead.
RJ53

Sep 13 @ 2:40PM  
I don't find the sound of thousands of Harley engines all that conducive to quiet reflection and respect for the dead.


And as someone who lost a couple of people who were the children of close friends on that day I don't either, And guess what two of those families were Muslim families who used to live in the same apartment building where I lived, Their children were working in the towers the day they were hit, I think people need to remember that people who died that day were from many different ethnic backgrounds and religions not just white Christians, Somewhere along the line that idea seems to have been lost, We also need to stop blaming a whole religion foe the acts of those who take things to an extreme, I guess the next time we have something like the Oklahoma bombing we should blame all white people for it? Or the next time we have something like Waco we should blame all Christians? Or do we only do this to people who are not like the rest of mainstream America, I think it is just time to let the people who died that day rest in peace and no one should be protesting that day or have pissing contests with some other group over what happened that day, None of it does anything constructive and just promotes the differences and the huge problem we do not seem to be able to overcome in this country that people just seem to need someone to hate and blame things on, Sure the people have a right to protest or deafen everyone in hearing distance with big bikes but personally I would have been just as happy if no permits had been issued for any of those functions on that day, Nothing was said or done that could not have been done on the 10th or 12th,
MsPat

Sep 14 @ 7:11PM  
They were riding to remember the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and for the members of the military called to serve after the attacks. Many of the riders were veterans. I think they have a right to ride any where they want to .. as far as I know it's still legal to ride a motorcycle on public roads. If I had been there because my loved one had died that day .. I would have been honored to see all the bikers and would have applauded them till they were out of sight. There is strength in numbers.. just ask the military.



TwistAndShout

Sep 15 @ 8:24AM  
I think they have a right to ride any where they want to .. as far as I know it's still legal to ride a motorcycle on public roads.

And as you well know, nobody - not me, not RJ, and especially not the government - has challenged their right to ride anywhere they want to.

My comment simply questioned the silly proposition that the "Islamists" were treated more favorably than them because they were given a permit to assemble on the mall. The bikers wanted roads and intersections to be closed so they could have the roads to themselves and not have to stop at intersections. The other group never requested that and were never granted that.

But if it makes you feel righteous to infer that the government was telling bikers they aren't allowed to ride where they want to, by all means continue to do so.

MsPat

Sep 15 @ 4:53PM  
It was two different types of gatherings, therefore two different types of permits. Parades get the type of permit the bikers wanted all the time and since the bikes would be going through like a parade would be then it would seem logical to get such permit. or at least try.
TwistAndShout

Sep 16 @ 5:23AM  
Parades get the type of permit the bikers wanted all the time and since the bikes would be going through like a parade would be then it would seem logical to get such permit.

Obviously there's a lot more involved with a parade than granting a permit. The city has to provide police to close of streets and intersections. Not only is it very expensive to the taxpayers of the city, it's disruptive to them as they try to go to work and go about their business, because routes are completely closed.

My point, again, is that inferring that denial of a parade permit is akin to denying the right to drive on a public rode is bullshit. If the bikers feel it's tyranny to have to obey the same traffic laws the residents of the city do, perhaps they should visit a country where tyranny really exists. They'll find it very enlightening.

MsPat

Sep 16 @ 10:12AM  
Either way it would be a traffic nightmare, with a permit there would also be announcements and it would have went a lot quicker. Plus with a permit the city could have routed it and also put a time limit on it so that so drivers would be aware.We host bikers here once a year at our State Fair grounds. They always have a parade at the beginning, everyone welcomes them.
TwistAndShout

Sep 16 @ 7:47PM  
We host bikers here once a year at our State Fair grounds. They always have a parade at the beginning, everyone welcomes them.

While you may feel traffic management in Belleville IL is no different than traffic management in the center of a huge metropolitan area, if you REALLY think about it you will likely come to a different conclusion.

No large city is going to routinely close down streets and intersections for every group that requests the right to do so. There'd be no end to the requests, and no end to the disruption. So the majority are going to be turned down. That's all that happened here.

And the bikers rode in. Sure, they added to traffic congestion. But no intersections were blocked and traffic could proceed.

I don't doubt the good people of Bellville find a motorcycle parade to be a welcome break in their routine, and it likely doesn't impact traffic much.

However, most residents of large cities, who don't lack for excitement and who deal with congested traffic daily (even without any parades going on), would not want to see their government approving requests from every group that decides it should get to have its very own parade at the expense of taxpayers.

So next year, the bikers should do their ride in Belleville. I think everyone would be happy with that solution.

MsPat

Sep 16 @ 8:44PM  
The bikers go to Springfield not Belleville. I'm afraid Belleville would make them go to the very outskirts of town probably come in on the beltline and go straight to the fair ground. Streets are extremely congested, it doesn't help that half of St Louis is moving in .. we all have our houses up for sale we're all moving out.

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