These are 'hard times, not end times.'
Today is Election Day and I will do my part and vote in the mid-term elections. Over the week Jon Stewart and Steven Colbert held their duo rallies on the National Mall that had around 250,000 people attending.
I watch some of the live show on Comedy Central and really wanted to be there.
From the LA Times: Much of the "Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear," put on by "The Daily Show" host Jon Stewart and his Comedy Central colleague Stephen Colbert, resembled a large-scale variety show, with humorous sketches and surprise musical guests such as Kid Rock, Tony Bennett and Yusuf Islam, the former Cat Stevens.
But the three-hour event ended on a serious note when Stewart, in a break from his usual satiric stance, made an impassioned defense of American unity and denounced cable-news depictions of a country riven by animosity."
My favorite part of the rally wasn't the music, or the jokes but Jon Stewart's speech at the end.
You can read the full text of Jon's speech at here. A things Jon really hit home for me that were inspiring.
"...we work together to get things done every damn day!
The only place we don’t is here or on cable TV. But Americans don’t live here or on cable TV. Where we live our values and principles form the foundations that sustains us while we get things done, not the barriers that prevent us from getting things done. Most Americans don’t live their lives solely as Democrats, Republicans, liberals or conservatives. Americans live their lives more as people that are just a little bit late for something they have to do—often something that they do not want to do—but they do it--impossible things every day that are only made possible by the little reasonable compromises that we all make. "
and this: "Because we know instinctively as a people that if we are to get through the darkness and back into the light we have to work together. And the truth is, there will always be darkness. And sometimes the light at the end of the tunnel isn’t the promised land. Sometimes it’s just New Jersey. But we do it anyway, together."
"Sanity will always be and has always been in the eye of the beholder." Well said Jon, well said.
You can watch Jon's speech here:
Please go and vote, even if you are part of party of the, Rent Is Too Damn High party.
Did you go to the rally? How was your experience?