Saturday, October 30, 2010

Restoring Sanity/Keeping Fear Alive












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-After reading in the newspaper there was a satellite rally in downtown Denver where the Restoring Sanity/Keeping Fear Alive rallies would be broadcast live, my husband and I decided to head downtown and check it out. I am so glad we did!
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Truly, this was not a political rally. But it was definitely something we need to hear.
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There was comedy, musical numbers, and a good time for all I am sure.
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But there was also a serious message.
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And the message I got was simple:
We need to work together to get things done.
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In promoting his rally, John Stewart used rallying cries such as:
I may disagree with you, but I am pretty sure you are not Hitler.
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With that, I knew the rally would be good. And it was.
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He slammed cable news networks that use name-calling and fear to demonize anyone who disagrees with them. He called out all the networks and asked us as consumers to change the channel when the anchors started using name-calling and hate as a way to convey their message.
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He had several great quotes:
"This was not a rally to ridicule people of faith. Or people of activism or to look down our noses at the heartland, or passionate argument or to suggest that times are not difficult and that we have nothing to fear. They are and we do. But we live now in hard times, not end times. And we can have animus and not be enemies."
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And one of my personal favorites,
"If we amplify everything, we hear nothing."
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He talked about the need for us to work together- not resort to name calling. He wants us to end toxic political rhetoric and instead remember that we are all Americans- we are ALL on the same team.
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He talked about how the news wants us to believe that all we do is fight and hate each other and that we should fear anybody who is different than us, but that in reality every day people of different political backgrounds, different religions, different races are working together to solve problems.
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I liked what he had to say. I am glad he has asked us to stop fighting and instead to come together and all be AMERICANS.
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I wish that was in a political ad.

3 comments:

Lula O said...

I had to help kids with homework so I missed this one here. My sign was - I love the Constitution too, but I don't want to sleep with it or anything..

And another favorite I saw - If you want to live in a place with no government - try Somalia.

I saw Stewart's comments online. Classic.

Mandy said...

Sounds like a good rally. I'm glad you had fun. Too bad the ones who really needed to hear it probably weren't listening.

I don't mind that the GOP took over the House. Now maybe they will stop complaining about the gov't (love that Somalia sign Lula!). Let them try and fix everything. If they do, great. If not, maybe they will stop the whining.

Christina said...

It was a lot of fun- now only if people will listen.

I agree about the House- that doesn't bother me at all. Actually, everything I voted for won, so I am pretty happy with how the election turned out!