Sunday, September 26, 2010

Why I'm Going to Rally to Restore Sanity

Because I have a ten-month old son who should be inspired to be an American...

Because no media figure-head with half a wit for a brain should dictate national policy...

Because I want to feel like I have vote in elections, rather than a choice between the lesser of two evils...

Because this country is clamoring for a hope that is slipping away....

(I also had comments on Katy Perry, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Vincent Gray, and Reggie Bush to add, but decided it was in the better interest of this post to rein it in).



I am standing up and proclaiming that I will be following a comedian to our national ampitheatre in order to join him in screaming "be reasonable people" from the rooftops. Look, this isn't about John Stewart (FN) ...Yes, he's planning this rally, but that's not the point. The point is that the majority of Americans (yes, still the majority) tend to identify with a point somewhere in between the extremes. We are this silent majority, disappointed, scared, hopeful, reasonable, and yes, a little desperate.

As John Avlon so eloquently put it in his CNN commentary...

There is a silent majority of Americans who feel politically homeless in today's polarized debates. They are not activists obsessed with politics. But they are no less patriotic than the partisans.
They are active citizens with busy lives. They view government as an attempt to solve problems, not a war between special interests or an hate-fueled ideological debate camp. And too often they are ignored.

And...I'll be bringing the little one too. I want Baby H to experience something historic, something uplifting, something real. I feel it's important for him to be there, so assuming that the scene is not out of hand, yes, I will be the crazy lady dragging her young child into the madness of tens of thousands of folks descending on the Mall. Because I truly believe, in these screwed up times, it's the right thing to do. I'm standing up for what I believe in - I believe that the left and the right both have respectable points, and they need to listen to one another, and, pardon my language, get shit done. It's time to get on with it. I believe this will help.

FN - There's another point to be made somewhere in here as well, and a footnote seems as good a place as any. John Stewart - I think you're great. Every evening, while we wash dishes bottles, prepare dinner and baby food, pay bills, and catch up on  our respective days, C and I take a few minutes to laugh with your show. Your satire is so good because it's so true, and it's a nice release to recognize the reality (i.e., ridiculousness) of so many 'serious' situations. That said, Mr. Stewart, we're not in Kansas anymore - you cannot pretend that you are 'just a comedian'. By taking up this mantle, and thank you for doing so, you are claiming a greater responsibility. I respect you for it, and I expect much of you for it. As WaPo's Howard Kurtz, quoting some other guy, who is quoting some other guy, puts it, "As for the rally, David Carr quotes writer and producer Michael Hirschhorn as saying: 'Stewart and Colbert are awkwardly transitioning from media figures to political figures with an understanding that there may not be that much difference anymore.' "

4 comments:

Anna said...

I'm going to the rally too! I have some friends coming down from NYC to join in on the fun as well. A rally in DC with Colbert and Jon Stewart...how can this NOT be great??

iEatDC said...

You need a sweet sign. I'm thinking "Bartlet 4 America."

Evan Halperin said...

I wish I was still in DC so that I could go :( I may need to come into town so I can

W. Mark Felt, Sr. said...

I'm thinking it's gonna be pretty wicked awesome (definitely worth the trip) - and I may need to silk screen a t-shirt (Bartlet is definitely a contender!).