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:
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.