Thoughts on Kingdom, Church, and Grace from an American living in Hong Kong

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Why the Left and the Right hate the Rally to Restore Sanity

A couple weeks ago I arrived  home late Saturday night from a great evening with friends and the family.  However rather than collapse in bed as is the norm (those that know me also know I am NOT a night person), Gabriel and I fired up the computer to catch the live feed of Jon Stewart's Rally to Restore Sanity on the mall in Washington DC.

First of all let me say...I loved it!  If I had been in America, this would have been the Rally I would like to attend.
Good music...good humor...good message!  No one ridiculous chants, just good times and celebrating America.  Sure there were a few nut jobs out there that made fodder for right wing bloggers; have a couple hundred thousand people show up and I guarantee there will be some crazies, but we should't judge the rally's message by these people.  To be fair, Glen Beck's rally shouldn't be judged by the minority of nut jobs that showed up to his.

And by making this distinction we've taken a step to "restoring sanity" ...something I am a huge supporter of.

The Rally's purpose is validated by the fact that both the Right and the Left came out to condemn it.  The Right, knowing Jon Stewart vents Left in his politics,  saw the appeal to neutrality and "sanity" as a sham and that the whole gig was nothing more than a last ditch attempt to rally "progressives" for the Democrats in the run-up to the election.

The Left, in turn, felt betrayed as they were secretly hoping that WAS the reason for the rally...and it wasn't (as the video can attest)

Let's face it, if sanity were to return to the public arena, a lot of people on both sides of the political spectrum would be out of a job.  A huge part of our economy now rests on convincing you that "those guys over there" are out to destroy everything you hold dear!

So Jon, and Stephen, you hit the bullseye.  You managed to de-fang both the Right and the Left and took us, at least for a day, on the long road back to sanity!  Cheers!


Andrew said...

"And by making this distinction we've taken a step to "restoring sanity"

Yeah, distinction is hard. In some ways, and I may be biased here, I think for a lot of right-wingers that is a harder move. Maybe it is just our present time in history, but it seems difficult for a lot of conservatives I interact with to step "outside" their point of view, and critique it. It is somehow against the team to do so... maybe even unpatriotic. Of course I live in right-wing Mecca, but I meet few conservatives who take the more metered approach that you have.

Steve H. said...

>>I meet few conservatives who take the more metered approach that you have.<<

Thanks; guess I was just blessed to have a higher model number when I was assembled at Republican Party Headquarters. I exceeded my programming ;)