“Fox News is Making My Mom Scared of Everything”

This girl wears a little pointy birthday hat to make her home-grown protest of Fox hate mongering.

By Mom Bailey; Photos by Pat Reed

Yesterday’s Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear called forth a vast confabulation of Americans Who Are Still Nice.  I’ve never kept company with so many friendly people. The rally called forth the sort of people who let cars into line during traffic jams; who nod in agreement when the announcer urges the crowd to please leave the national mall “cleaner than you found it;” who, when shrink-wrapped into a crowd estimated by Jon Stewart at 10 million,  say, “Oh, I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to step on your foot.”

The rally also called forth me, Mom Bailey, in part to stand in for Sarah and Perrin, who would be here, if they weren’t busy stepping around the world. I had a wonderful afternoon spotting funny signs. These have been concocted by thousands to protest  efforts to poison American political discourse, end political compromises, and make people afraid Muslims and Democrats. “I’d like you to meet a typical Muslim,” Stewart says, introducing basketball Hall-of-Famer Kareem Abdul Jabbar.

What the rally protests most of all is the Glenn Becks, Sean Hannitys and other  demagogues of hatred and fear.  Here’s a sampling:

Some of many signs satirizing political hysteria.

This sign points out problems with calls not just for the repeal of health reform legislation but also the end of social security.

Some of the nice - and funny - people at the rally

The size of this man's sign amplified its message.

After three hours of unremitting friendliness, I feel much much saner, although not exactly optimistic that the rally will do much to change the downward drift of political discourse.

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About sistersbailey

We are Perrin and Sarah Bailey, collectively known as “The Sisters Bailey”. The moniker was born out of a crazy weekend at the 2009 New Orleans Jazz Fest and it was the first time we had ever been referred to as one unit. We grew up in Alexandria, VA together and then separated for college - Perrin to The University of Pennsylvania and Sarah to Northwestern University – and somehow landed together in New York after graduation. It was in the midst of the hustle of Manhattan that we became friends for the first time in years. Somehow we landed jobs in the same industry - Sarah worked in marketing at HBO and Perrin managed creative digital promotions for her media agency’s main client, Disney - just three blocks from one another. One day we decided to leave our jobs, sell our belongings and travel abroad with a backpack and a collective savings of $10K. The stories of our continuing adventures and those of other fearless travelers are here to inspire you.
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4 Responses to “Fox News is Making My Mom Scared of Everything”

  1. Susan simon says:

    We met you at the rally, Mom Bailey, and you helped it all happen! You are also a most articulate Mom. Lucky sisters!

  2. Nish Mani says:

    Mom Bailey – Your post has compelled me to comment on the Sisters Bailey Blog for the first time. Why do you have to be so freaking reasonable and nice? Isn’t demagoguery and irrationality a lot funnier and easier? I turn to American politics for a certain vacuousness – if you deprive me of that, then I guess I’ll have to go British…?

    Are we ever going to get a Dad Bailey perspective? A combined 52 (?) years of daughter-raising means he’s got a lot to say…

  3. I’ve been trying to setup a blog just like yours, can you tell me how you managed it? Look at me I’m posting comments. Feels good, I hope my ramblings don’t get removed by the admins 🙂

  4. Immerygieby says:

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