Day 58: Restore sanity and/or fear

October 31, 2010 § Leave a comment

Today we went to the tele-rally of Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert’s “Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear” in Grant Park. Huge crowds with witty signs crowded around the stage and giant TV screen to watch the rally live in Washington D.C.

While the D.C. rally was incredible, the one in Chicago had a few issues. The majority of attendees came to the rally to collectively show their support for reasonable political discourse while watching Jon, Stephen, and the other acts in D.C. Instead, the organizer crammed a bunch of local speakers into the rally, muting the jumbo-tron a number of times to the boos of the audience. Muting the D.C. music acts wasn’t such a big deal, but people got really upset when the organizers started to mute the speeches by Jon and Stephen in favor of the local speakers. After one of the security guards grabbed the mic and chastised the crowd for being rude, half of the audience left.

The other issue was the extremely partisan left-wing speakers that presented at the Chicago rally.  The organizers missed the point of the Rally to Restore Sanity. It was supposed to be about creating a reasonable dialogue between people on both sides of the aisle. It was supposed to be a rebuttal to Glenn Beck’s rally by uniting instead of polarizing, not an opportunity for liberals to “fight back.”

Regardless, I believe the overall message of the D.C. rally was a positive force. Jon Stewart’s final speech was so eloquent and articulate that I think it will be remembered for a very long time, and I encourage you all to listen. Here’s to fearless sanity.


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