The rally is a the political opposite of Beck’s rally, it is an “alliance of groups (having) come together to offer a positive alternative to negative rhetoric.” The focus if to “demand better education and more economic opportunities,” both importance issues no matter what side of the aisle you sit. Speakers included Ed Schultz of “the Ed Show,” Rev. Al Sharpton and Harry Belafonte among others. Thousands turned out for the event, but perhaps more would have gone if there wasn’t another progressive event in Washington later in the month…Jon Stewart’s Rally to Restore Sanity.
Stewart’s rally will be on October 30th and already on their Facebook page about 185,000 people have said they’ll be attending. The description of the event says:
“…we’d like you to join us in Washington, DC on October 30 — a date of no significance whatsoever — at the Daily Show’s “Rally to Restore Sanity.” Ours is a rally for the people who’ve been too busy to go to rallies, who actually have lives and families and jobs (or are looking for jobs) — not so much the Silent Majority as the Busy Majority. If we had to sum up the political view of our participants in a single sentence… we couldn’t. That’s sort of the point.
Think of our event as Woodstock, but with the nudity and drugs replaced by respectful disagreement; the Million Man March, only a lot smaller, and a bit less of a sausage fest; or the Gathering of the Juggalos, but instead of throwing our feces at Tila Tequila, we’ll be actively *not* throwing our feces at Tila Tequila. Join us in the shadow of the Washington Monument. And bring your indoor voice. Or don’t. If you’d rather stay home, go to work, or drive your kids to soccer practice… Actually, please come anyway. Ask the sitter if she can stay a few extra hours, just this once. We’ll make it worth your while.”
Are you tempted to go? And if so, would you bring your kids or just ask the “sitter” to stay longer? And which would you want to attend, the less comedy centralized event of One Nation or Jon Stewarts’? Or perhaps you wish you had gone to Glenn Becks’?