54 40 Or Putin

Womens March

rbd_0209-4x6I loved these faces and luckily had the camera ready. I’m guessing that the 54 40 or Putin sign is a reference to the historical Fifty-Four Forty or Fight! slogan used in a mid-nineteenth century Oregon boundary dispute. That was before Oregon was a state, and even before the boundary between the US and Canada had been formalized. Parallel 54 40 is a line of latitude that today is the southernmost tip of Alaska (territory that the US bought from Russia), but 175 years ago there was talk of making the 54 40 parallel the northern border of the Oregon Territory. Those were heady days for expansionists, people who wanted to plant a flag and lay claim to everywhere they visited. I suspect that the gent in this photo has turned expansionism on its head, making the point that by hacking into our election Russia, and therefore Putin, has effectively taken back Alaska and annexed the executive branch of our federal government.

And then there are those awesome pink goggles on the woman in front of him. Shame they weren’t prescription lenses; she might have worn them instead of her glasses.


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