November 28, 2010 by USA Post
Slightly disheveled appearance, gray hair and beard, wire-rimmed glasses and well-worn leather satchel with papers and periodicals to sting – all suggested a college professor on his way to work. He exchanged pleasantries with the young and enthusiastic woman sitting to his left. But for most of the race, he avoided eye contact, looking alternately at the floor and closed his eyes as if he himself might be going elsewhere.
There was a deep sadness about him, a resignation, as if he knew more than he wanted to know – or maybe it was just irritation to share his morning commute with a car full of partygoers. “Enjoy the rally,” he ordered his companion riding, as he landed at George Washington University.
At 10 hours, the mall was charging for the Rally for restoring mental health and / or fear.
There were signs everywhere from poignant (“It is a democracy, not an auction) to just plain silly (” Now I’m not racist, but are not adorable puppies! “). There were thousands of signs around the Mall, and not a single spelling mistake will be found.
The Capitol has served as an appropriate backdrop for the stage at the east end of the Mall. As the roots open the event at noon, the center and surrounding streets were full and the measures for the National Museum of Art. People were sitting on top of the portable toilets set up along the lawn, and even the cherry trees were filled with revelers.
When Jon Stewart took the stage, CBS estimated that there were 215,000 people, about two and a half times the population of Moore County, on the National Mall.
Two days before the rally, the satirical blog Borowitz Report presented a picture of the recent appearance of the president on “The Daily Show” and a headline that said: “The most powerful man in America meeting with Barack Obama.”
In an irony that speaks volumes about our country, Stewart, a comedian, is considered the most trusted man in America. It is the little boy in “The Emperor’s New Clothes” all grown up. Stewart in the world, each expert and politician is nkd*. Unlike everyone else in the media the news directly, he can point to mad mad. These 215,000 participants crammed into three days before the Mall midterm elections were living proof that business is very good.
For two hours and 45 minutes, Stewart and Steven Colbert have been true to form, ridiculing the politics of fear and experts over-the-top so that focus only on the extremes that they lack the “70-80 percent of us who are moderate and sane.”Stewart closed with a” moment of clarity “in which he asserted that” times are tough, but they are not the end of time. ”
We hope. But even in the midst of a quarter million Kindred Spirits, it was difficult to shake a feeling of apprehension for the days to come.
With hindsight, we know that Jon Stewart is not among the most powerful men in America. These men share a disdain for the honor and understanding that inspiration is rare, but the anxiety is everywhere. Fear prevails mental health, nine times out of 10.
In the wake of the Supreme Court decision in the case of Citizens United, the message is controlled as never before by people who have the most to gain by promoting animosity for the government. The sign of the gathering was wrong. If one side of an election can afford to stifle the other, then it is an auction.
As a result of the election, I am silent. I look down a lot, avoiding eye contact – and I remember the face of the man in the subway.
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