Rally to Restore Insanity
Yep, I was there. I stupidly believed the website. I’m gonna quote it a bit.
Ours is a rally for the people who’ve been too busy to go to rallies, who actually have lives and families and jobs (or are looking for jobs) — not so much the Silent Majority as the Busy Majority. If we had to sum up the political view of our participants in a single sentence… we couldn’t. That’s sort of the point.
Now, here’s what I experienced. I didn’t hear much of the actual talking by Colbert and Stewart. Guests appeared on stage that I didn’t even know of until I got home and looked it up. There were a ton of people there, estimated at over 200,000, and you literally couldn’t move. It took us two and a half hours of pushing and basically using our bodies as battering rams for my group of three to travel the equivalent of a block and a half. So much weed smoke, so many people offering me whiskey. Everyone seemed pleasant. I’m not going to deny it, the atmosphere was amazing. Everyone was happy, we all had this thing in common and people weren’t afraid to comment to random people. There was this weird comradery that everyone shared. I’d definitely go again given the chance.
Now, my complaints. Whomever thought that this would be a bipartisan thing was clearly not reflected in the crowds. People may have been overall pretty cool, but I’d estimate that about 70% of the signs made some sort of a jab at the Republican party or conservative policies. Out of those, maybe 30-50% were targeted at Glen Beck and individual the extremists of the party, including Fox News. I can understand this part. This rally is against that sort of thing. I may not be completely onboard, they are sort of my people, after all, but the rest of the signs disgusted me. Here’s another quote.
We’re looking for the people who think shouting is annoying, counterproductive, and terrible for your throat; who feel that the loudest voices shouldn’t be the only ones that get heard; and who believe that the only time it’s appropriate to draw a Hitler mustache on someone is when that person is actually Hitler. Or Charlie Chaplin in certain roles.
I’m going to focus on that last line for a minute. I saw so many signs with Republican figures with Hitler mustaches on them. So many people with obnoxious anti-conservative policy signs. We have to look back to the purpose of the rally. A bipartisan effort to scale back extremism, promote discussion in an accepting environment, and to respect the opinions of others who don’t agree with you. That’s why I wore a shirt that said “Salisbury University” and not one that said “Salisbury University – College Republicans”. Or my Ehrlich shirt. Or a sign that attacked anyone. Yesterday wasn’t about that. It’s not about making a political statement at all. It’s about signs that say “I’m With Stupid” with a sign pointing up at God. Or a sign that says “This Is A Sign”. Or maybe even “The Death Star was an Outside Job, and so was 9/11”. And honestly the mix of thoughts of irony and hatred for everyone who spat in the face of the concept of this great idea by Stewart and Colbert made me leave with a bad taste in my mouth despite the otherwise awesomeness of the rally.