Restoring sanity and/or fear

Well, Election Day in the US is over. I don’t have much to say about it — no big surprises, a couple reliefs and a couple disappointments, but nothing that isn’t being said everywhere else on the internet. I haven’t finished the third post in my mini-series about religious discrimination, though, so while we’re all thinking of politics it seemed like a fitting time to admit that I, too (like everyone else in my demographic) was at the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear in Washington, DC last weekend.

From the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear

We managed to find a decent spot to stand, even though it was already very crowded by the time we got there around 10 AM. (Sorry to the people whose personal space I’m sure I invaded by pretending this was a good place to stop.) I’m pretty short, but I had a good view of the stage if the people in front of me all leaned in the right directions at the right time, or if I held my camera way above my head (which, as you can see, a number of people were doing).

The rally was, on the whole, pretty good. I definitely enjoyed myself. To an extent it was a giant free concert, and I did start to notice the false equivalence that vjack was talking about … but I thought Stewart’s keynote speech at the end was a well-done moment of seriousness, and to the extent that the presentation made the message more palatable to the people who are really the problem, I think I can live with that.

Here are a couple souveniers I took home:

Rally souveniers

a sign that Media Matters was passing out (I didn’t make my own), and one of the free towels that the Comedy Central folks had made up. I love that they gave out towels — I felt like such a hoopy frood!

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  1. Ubi Dubium

     /  November 3, 2010 at 9:58 pm

    Arriving closer to 11:45 (the subway took three hours to get us there) we were not able to even get onto the Mall, or into any spot where we could see or hear anything. But we had a great time nonetheless. The costumes and signs and general merriment made it quite worthwhile. It was rather like a giant parade. Knowing you are local, I had been meaning to ask if you were there.

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