We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I turned it on for a moment... "One-sheet" Sheryl Crowe was trying to entertain a lethargic mass of the mentally ill. I found myself wondering how safe it is to have 50,000 depressed individuals in a crowd listening to half-baked comics trying to redefine funny...
Gringo ... Let's hope that some bright enterprising soul with a helicopter and urge for honesty will fly over the Rally and give us an estimate. Lord knows, the Dems will inflate the estimates they make.
I'm all for this rally, but for a variety of reasons. I really do believe the level of discourse on both sides has hit an all time low. So the "concept" is a good idea.
ON THE OTHER HAND - There are concepts, and there is execution.
1. Huffington Post bussing in "moderates"
2. PETA bussing in "moderates"
3. Oprah paying for "The Daily Show" audience one night to attend as "moderates"
4. DNC canvassing the crowd ON THE FRINGES, so as to avoid the idea that it's a political rally. But we all know it is.
5. Democrats massing and calling themselves "moderates" as they bitch and moan about how THEY are persecuted. (WHAT THE HELL ARE THEY TALKING ABOUT? THEY just got everything they wanted passed in the last 2 years!)
6. Moderates. As if that's really a meaningful term when it's clear there are no moderates, let alone Republicans, speaking.
So, because I believe in the First Amendment, I wholeheartedly support their right to do this. Because I know that deep down they realize but DO NOT WANT TO ADMIT they would LOVE to shut down any rally I would attend.
Fascist? Why yes, they are.
From one of the early articles about it:
Slogans urged people to "relax." But also: "Righties, don't stomp on my head," a reference to a Republican rally in Kentucky at which a liberal activist was pulled to the ground and stepped on. And, "I wouldn't care if the president was Muslim."
and the stage was stacked with entertainers associated with Democratic causes or Obama's 2008 campaign.'
Moderate. yes indeedy. Moderate. Gotta love them Republican hating moderates.
The best thing about the rally - 50,000+/- D'rats were not out knocking on doors, staffing phone banks, attending campaign rallies, knocking down opponents lawn signs and otherwise doing the grassroots work that one might expect them to be engaged in the weekend before Election Day.
Unfortunately, not all campaign helpers went to DC today. I got a phone call from my local Democratic Party campaign HQ. Instead of letting the call die on the answering machine, I picked the phone up and informed them that I was a former Democrat and would never vote again for the Democrats. I requested that they "please don't call me again."
My mistake, should have checked first. CNN says nothing about the size of the crowd, which suggests to me it was nowhere near the size of Beck's crowd. The also make moves a contortionist would be proud of to suggest the whole thing was non-political.
Very late to this thread, but I notice that a facebook friend who attended the ridiculous rally is boasting that the attendance was higher than the Beck rally (which is completely silly to anyone who has seen the pictures of the Beck rally). Anyway, at this point, I feel rather like the whole thing has a certain "whistling past the graveyard" quality about it. The attendees all smugly congratulated themselves on their superiority and boasted at how many people attended, only to be in for a rude awakening in a few days when they find out how the rest of the nation feels about them and their ilk.