Liberty Parade: Missile Dick Chicks meet Ron Paul voters

Polar bear puppets, zombies and Ron Paul supporters carrying a giant copy of the Constitution were among the marchers down Nicollet Mall in Minneapolis today as part of the nonpartisan Liberty Parade, a demonstration “for freedom of expression” that nonetheless received heckles as it passed RNC-packed hotels. “Assholes,” shouted one serious-faced onlooker while puppets of Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld and Rice passed by in prison stripes with their hands shackled together.

The parade also featured a fake Barbara Bush motorcade (complete with Secret Service agents), a black-clad group dressed in V for Vendetta masks blasting Twisted Sister’s “We’re Not Gonna Take It” on a stereo, a lifelike polar bear puppet (aimed at VP candidate Sarah Palin’s lawsuit to remove the animal from the endangered species list), and a painted truck carrying the Missile Dick Chicks from Crawford, Texas, with one bewigged Chick riding a skyward-pointed missile painted with the words “Dr. Strange-McCain,” kicking her go-go boots as others sang “Bomb Iran” to the tune of the Beach Boys’ “Barbara Ann” and carried Cheney’s head in a bottle of formaldehyde.

“A woman straddling a large silver metal phallus, it’s hard to beat that,” remarked bystander Ian Rans. “I liked the people who were skipping,” he added. “They could have had a sign saying ‘It could be worse.’”

The recurring theme was defense of constitutional liberty. “This is a test of the emergency free speech system,” read a sign carried by Ben Masel of Madison, Wis. “If this had been an actual emergency, there would have been preemptive raids by the sheriff’s department,” he announced. Similar sentiments united a surprising array of participants, from Church of Scientology protesters Anonymous (wearing the Vendetta masks) to Ron Paul “freedom fighters.” (Who, for good measure, were answered by a Ron Paul sign with the word “SUCKS” painted across it.)