I spent the Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear from my computer as I, with my Seasonal Affective Disorder and general crankiness, could not handle a crowd Saturday. And according to all estimates, it was quite a crowd down at the Mall in Washington, D.C. Estimates say that more than 215,000 people showed up at the two political satirists' gathering, which featured The Roots, Mavis Staples, Sam Waterston reading poetry, Stephen Colbert in fancy outfits and an earnest closing speech by Stewart, addressing the disconnect between reality and the crush of anger and confusion that populates the 24-hour-news cycle.
While I had my issues with the concept of holding a joke rally in response to Glenn Beck's "joke" rally earlier this fall, I feel Stewart and Colbert's political comedic hearts were in the right place and the rally was a good representation of how non-crazy most people are. That most people do care, but just don't care for the hot mess that goes on in the effort to feed the 24-hour-news beast. Part of the reason why cable news is so sensational is because it is a business. They have too much time and not enough news to fill that time. So you get a lot of crazy passing off as news that is really just entertainment, the day's events tossed into a blender and spat back at you without introspective thought or regard. Stewart and Colbert have always mocked that with their "fake news," while often both making news on their own. So, I was impressed.
What did you think of the rally? Did you go?
I don't know what this will mean for the Midterms, other than, I hope, people will vote. Especially in those elections that are hotly contested. I can understand voter apathy if you, like me, were a civil rights/social justice Liberal living and voting Republican desert towns where they bragged about the law enforcement's love of "Mean Justice." (I lived in Midland, TX and Bakersfield "Mean Justice," Calif.) Or if you live in Washington, D.C. where you get all the taxation, but none of the representation. But I also lived in the "purple, sometimes red" state of Missouri where it was almost near irresponsible to miss any statewide electoin.
Every vote counts, but, if you're voting in Florida or Illinois or Oklahoma or Kentucky or any state with a spirited race going on, your vote might be the difference between two years of obfuscation or two years of getting something done.
You've got until tomorrow to make it happen.