I just returned to CT from the Rally to Restore Sanity in Washington DC. An estimated 215,000+ people were in attendance. We went to the rally early enough to see the stage and hear The Roots open up for the show.
The rally was less political than I think most people were hoping for. There was something in the air for the 20-30ers that this was going to be our generations Woodstock, which I believe was an unfair expectation to begin with. However, the Rally was a complete success, not merely because of Jon Stewarts message at the end of the Rally but primarily for the number of hopeful moderate "SANE" people in attendance. The Rally stood as more of an action than an event, the main thrust of which was targeted at sensationalist media and the demonizing of candidates beliefs in the upcoming election by mainstream media.
"A house divided cannot stand."- Lincoln
America is a melting pot of ideas and conflicting philosophies. The one message that I came away from the rally believing is that we all need to listen to one another and educate one another about one we hold to be true. This is the only way that we will ever be able to ascertain the "truth" at the heart of every political debate. We need to listen to everyone to understand our nations common interest. We cannot exclude radicals, liberals, independents, republicans, or democrats; we cannot let our "house" be divided by fear.