Today I had the most amazing opportunity to attend the Rally For Sanity on the National Mall in Washington DC. I don’t know how many people were there, but it was elbow to elbow from the stage at the Capitol end of the Mall to the Washington Monument at the opposite end, with people filling the steps of museum buildings along either side, and the streets radiating outward. There were even people in the trees and on top of the port-o-potties. Estimates range from 150,000 to 500,000 people. Most of them rational; others, not so much or too bad.
Best of all, our posse included a dozen college students, including my Sweetie’s awesome offspring, who encouraged US to be there. Talk about Hope For The Future…we haz it!
We were there, we had a space within a block of the stage, which was closer than most, and it was the positive, uplifting, entirely rationally awesome event that we hoped it would be.
If everyone who was there and who watched it from afar gets out and votes on Tuesday, and convinces at least one other person to stop shouting and THINK before casting their own vote, then today will have been a Total Win. It’s almost too much to hope for, but seriously….How totally awesome would that be?!?
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mcchambersOctober 31, 2010 at 2:43am
Yay for positive experiences!
allisonsteinNovember 2, 2010 at 1:58am
It was so awesome. I hope you’re older boys are gonna vote.
tapestry01October 31, 2010 at 3:05am
Good for you!
geekmomOctober 31, 2010 at 3:46am
There were more people than got counted, too. One of my friends updated FB to say that they got stuck at the metro and couldn’t get into DC for the rally.
Also, I’m jealous.
allisonsteinNovember 2, 2010 at 2:05am
Wish you could have been there. I heard that the Metro was packed, that the side streets were filled, and that those who couldn’t get to the National Mall retreated to bars and living rooms to watch the coverage on television. If you ever get a chance to go to a rally on the mall, my advice is this: get there early!