miércoles, 3 de noviembre de 2010

Rally to Restore Sanity

Definition of SANITY:
Reasonable understanding; sound mind; possessing mental faculties that are capable of distinguishing right from wrong so as to bear legal responsibility for one's actions.

Last Saturday, October 30th, a rally took place in Washington DC that got everybody talking about talking about politics. Yes, that´s right, I did not make a mistake: what the people talked about at this Rally to Restore Sanity (and complained about, criticized but mostly laughed at) was the real act of talking about politics all the time -and most of the times in a very negative way, opening big gaps between people. So, two comedians, Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert decided it was high time this kind of political debate stopped, giving way to respectful disagreement based on two ideas: on the one hand, shouting is not only annoying but counterproductive and, on the other, the loudest voices shouldn’t be the only ones that get heard.

The origin of this idea seems to have been the "I¨m mad as hell!" campaign ; at least that´s what I deduce after reading the first words in their statement for the need of this rally: “I’m mad as hell, and I’m not going to take it anymore!” Who among us has not wanted to open their window and shout that at the top of their lungs? Seriously, who?

What I liked was the idea itself but the spirit of the rally seems to have been really nice (have a look here ) and as for the signs... well, judge for yourselves, you can find these and many more at The Huffington Post:

And this is a video of Jon Stewart´s first programme after the rally, from his show The Daily Show (excuse the repetition!)

By the way, Angelenos (people from LA, Los Angeles) had their own rally, since they live so far away from Washington DC. Click here for more information.

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