The Rally to Restore Sanity
Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert and Friends
The Washington Mall
Saturday, October 30, 2010
So here we are, Jon Stewart said at the closing of the Rally. Indeed, here we are! This rally reflected the America I love, the country I believe is strong in spirit and respectful of the individuality and character of its people.
Jon hoped that those who came for a good time had that experience among the thousands of like-minded adults, children and families. This was about much more than fun, though the laughs were many. This was not a rally to ridicule others or to pretend that things are not difficult in our country right now. Certainly, we are experiencing hard times, but not end times!
It is NOT in Washington, nor in the MEDIA that things get done. Rather it is in our own homes where we express family values of support and encouragement. It is in our cities and towns where we seek to build strong systems of acceptance and cooperation. Government is not here to do everything for us, but rather to help us do for ourselves and to provide a broader base of opportunity that helps to open the way for our success.
The rally was a very welcome relief from the rhetoric and acts of incivility that have deluged us leading up to Tuesday’s election. My personal belief is that those who base their vote on the advertising they have heard about the candidates or issues, have wasted their time and their energy. They have also threatened the stability of the democratic process, which is not just about the right to vote, but also about being part of an educated and aware citizenry.
I voted, though it was difficult for me to feel good about it. Every election it seems to be tougher to ferret out the truth and to believe that things will change for the better. Traditionally, in most things, the pendulum swings from one extreme to the other, only briefly passing through moderation. Perhaps it takes this action for us to formulate our opinions, but when we lose sight of the moderate, centrist possibilities altogether, I believe it becomes increasingly difficult to maintain a reasonable society.
So, here we are. Another crossroads in the ongoing story of the greatest county in the world! May God (by whatever name) guide us toward reconciliation and resolution in our deliberations and actions.