Sunday, October 31, 2010

Stewart/Colbert's Rally to Restore Sanity Was Brilliant

The John Stewart and Steven Colbert Rally to Restore Sanity in DC yesterday was very encouraging, very entertaining, and brilliant. I had many facebook friends in attendance. There are firsthand reports of the event all over facebook. The very creatively delivered message was one of turning our backs on hate and Americans working together to make the world a better place.

The crowd was estimated by CBS at an amazing 250,000. They estimated Beck's Restore Honor Rally at 87,000. This turn out, and the theme of the Stewart/Colbert rally, bodes very well for the future. The civil, light tone, and this among people passionate enough about our nation and it's direction to make the trip the DC, was reassuring.

Some of the highlights were SNL's Father Sarducci giving a light invocation, Cat Stevens performing "Peace Train", Kid Rock and Cheryl Crow doing a piece about changing the world, Tony Bennett doing "America the Beautiful", "Medal of Reasonableness" going to Tiger pitcher to Armando Gallerraga, "Fear Award" to Anderson Cooper's tight black t-tee shirt, and much more.

The posters were civil, light, and very entertaining. Some of the better ones, "I Fought Against Nazi and They Didn't Look Like Obama", "My wife thinks I'm hiking on the Appalachian Trail", "Death to Nobody", "I Hate Signs" "Jump Rope with a Muslim", Civility is Sexy", "You want your country back?...Its my country too, Can we share it?", "I've considered the fact that I might be wrong , have you?"

Kudos to Stewart and Colbert for their great effort to Restore Sanity. I am encouraged. As usual, I think the incivility and noise is among a minority. As Stewart said, these are tough times, but not end times. The majority of Americans will be up to the challenge of peacefully resolving our problems in a civil, cooperative fashion.

Above is Stewart's wrap-up and conclusion to the Rally. It's worth a listen.

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