Reasonable Attendance for Omaha's Rally for Sanity
A relatively small group of friendly, rational people stood along Dodge street in front of Memorial Park with signs encouraging drivers, joggers and passers-by to "Please, Stop Screaming" because "God Loves Us All the Same."
Skeptics I talked with before today said Jon Stewart’s Rally to Restore Sanity was nothing more than a liberal rally to ridicule Tea-Partiers and right-wing pundits. I was pleasantly relieved, though, to see that most of the signs displayed by Omaha’s rally were a-political, promoting more reasonable behavior and discourse.
Attendees were of all ages, and as I walked along the row of about 40 folks with signs, I noticed that between waves at the supporting honks from passing cars, people were chatting amicably. I assume many had not met before today, and yet they were walking their talk, sharing ideas and opinions earnestly. The rally moved to the Slowdown around 10:30 so everyone could watch Comedy Central’s live coverage of the national Rally to Restore Sanity in Washington D.C.
One of the best parts of the rally was the PrairieGators, a trio playing Cajun, Zydeco and Creole music on the guitar, cello and accordion. It was a perfect soundtrack for a beautiful fall day and a group of reasonable folks.
Let me know what you thought of the Rally to Restore Sanity / The Rally to Keep Fear Alive in the comments below!