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.– Rally to Restore Sanity website
Now, there are dark, optimistic forces trying to take away our Fear – forces with salt and pepper hair and way more Emmys than they need. They want to replace our Fear with reason. But never forget – “Reason” is just one letter away from “Treason.” – March to Keep Fear Alive website
Although by now there are few “undecideds,” it’s not too late to get out the vote, and a majority of Stewart’s viewership is Democratic. So Sanity easily won the day among the enthusiasts on the mall. I wish it were so easy in NJ.
After interviewing a wonkish, humorless, President Obama on Wednesday’s Daily Show, Jon Stewart was in his element at today’s rally. He opened with a shout to the crowd, “Are you ready to restore sanity?” And they shouted yes with enthusiasm. He then talked to Steven Colbert who was below the stage in his fear bunker and would only leave it when Stewart convinced him a big crowd had turned out. “I can see 10 million people here.” he told Colbert.
The rally ended with a video metaphor familiar to us: cars moving toward the Lincoln Tunnel as the number of lanes decrease and people have to take their turn politely letting a car go ahead before its their turn to merge into a lane. Such is sanity.
Throughout this campaign season we have certainly seen fear, anger, ignorance and hate. In New Jersey we have had our share of fear espoused to us – fear of ARC, education, women’s health clinics, taxing millionaires and more, including fear of what will happen if we don’t reduce the state’s budget and size of government. And while sanity can be in the eye of the beholder, it is time to restore sanity, decency, and yes talking without shouting or bullying here in our own state. “Let the sanity begin! And please pick up the litter.”
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