Sunday, October 31, 2010
Scenes from the Rally to Restore Sanity
Comedy Central's Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear proved to be a special, respectful and entertaining event for more than 100,000 people Saturday, many white and on the younger side but with plenty of older people, kids and minorities, too. (Even a few Canadians.)
It was a well-behaved crowd of moderates mostly, urged by Jon Stewart not to litter, and the musical performances were well-received, especially the duel of "Peace Train" by (Cat Stevens) Yusef and "Crazy Train" by Ozzy Osbourne, with agitation by Stewart and faux-O'Reilly character Stephen Colbert. Especially cool was a performance of "Love Train" by the O'Jays.
No one was urged to vote Democratic; stickers were handed out that said Vote Sanity, and extremely negative signs were few and far between (although there was a group going around to Stop Fox News. That's distasteful; it should say, Fox News should be less biased.) Far lefties were confined to the crowd's absolute fringe, including the pro-abortion folks handing out stickers as we exited the metro station (no thanks). There were also a few pro-marijuana crusaders working the crowd, but mostly this was a good-looking and -acting group.
Here's a few more pics from a very long day filled with standing, packed subway cars and patriotic songs sung by moderates who refuse to be bullied by the right or left.