The Jon Stewart Rally - No Laughing Matter

According to the Huffington Post, comedians Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert's Rally to Restore Sanity  in Washington D.C. attracted somewhere between 200,000-500,000 people on Saturday. This number does not including local rallies all over the country, like the 150,000 people that participated in Chicago's Rally.

WASHINGTON - OCTOBER 30: General view of atmosphere at the 'Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear' on the National Mall on October 30, 2010 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Kris Connor/Getty Images)

The Rally was an appeal for moderation in civil discourse - to disagree without maligning character, and to state views without rage and anger.The Rally was a breath of fresh air after enduring an entire season of horrifically demoniacal political ads. These ads make me feel like no one over the age of 12 is running for office.

My six year old daughter, Ana, explained to me last week that there is a girl on the playground that is mean to her. She said that when the girl accuses her of something - even if she didn't do it, Ana replies "I'm sorry I made you feel that way," and the girl makes faces back at her and says, "No you aren't. I don't believe you!" Then she runs to the teacher to say Ana hurt her. Other times she tells other kids to leave Ana out of a game and lets her publically know she is not included.Ana says the whole thing makes her want to act mean to other kids.
OK, the only reason I'm telling you about my daughter's playground challenges is that I feel like I have been trying not to watch political mean boy/girl antics- and I'm not even hearing  anyone mature enough to say: "I'm sorry I pasted together an unfair ad that quotes 20 year old incidences with blown-out-of proportion current issues that makes you look like a criminal rather than my political opponent." How can anyone in this game not feel like Ana - it just makes you want to be mean to the other kids.
I, for one, would like to propose a law that says each candidate must state his own views and can only list negatives about his opponent when approves them - and can only state them as facts...meaning they cannot add demonic music and dark pictures to influence viewers.
The lowest vibrating emotion is fear. We are already in "dark times" in this country and we are trying to find our way. When I am in the dark, what I need is someone with imagination, inspiration, common sense, and grounded experience. Someone, that is, with a Light. 
Anyone around here got a Light???


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  • I've got one! It's nice to hear from someone who liked the rally. Bill Maher was pretty weird about it...

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