I wanted to go to Washington today to participate in this, what sounded like a celebration of reason and moderation, but funny as shit. But with DS away for the week (returning this afternoon), twelve-hour workdays trying to get a new EMR up and running, and no one else to take the dog for a meander twice a day, by the time this morning rolled around, the last thing I wanted to do was crawl out of bed before daylight (yet again), drive two-plus hours only to squeeze onto a Metro train packed tightly enough to make a sardine can feel like business class, then wander around the national mall trying to find a jumbotron to figure out what the hell was going on. I was so exhausted that even the prospect of a visit with my colleague, Dr. Kensington, and brunch with this crotchety old guy in his 80s whom I’ve known for years (Happy Anniversary, btw) wasn’t enough to entice me. Much better choice to sleep in, do laundry, run out to the bank, vacuum, and pick up a few things at the grocery before turning on the Comedy channel at noon and settling in for three wonderful hours of entertainment.
By now, much has been written of the event. It is probably viewable in its entirety on tape somewhere. Much has also been made of the signs at the event, many of which were visible on camera. Simple google searches render copious results. Just a few of my faves:
Make Awkward Sexual Advances, Not War
Legalize Marijuana; [smaller] Quick! Before they search my fanny pack
I’m a Radicalized Moderate, and I’m Mad as Heck
The Last Time This Many People Listened to a Jew, Christianity Happened
Confused Senior Citizens for Sanity
The Mad Hatter Called; He Wants his Tea Party Back
If Your Beliefs Fit on a Sign…Think Harder
I am the Next Generation, Responsible for You in Your Old Age; FEAR ME! [held by a little kid atop his father’s shoulders]
Is This the Line for Justin Bieber Tickets?
Stop Americans from Stealing our Jobs
I’m Mad as Hell, but Mostly in a Passive Aggressive Way
By all accounts, it was a vast, heterogeneous crowd that renews my faith that there really are vast reserves of untapped rationality in this country. Maybe, just maybe, we’ll be able to avoid what appears to be our inexorable slide into a new Dark Age of ignorance and intolerance, mired in poverty from having ransomed our economy to China. Thanks to Stewart and Colbert for the energizing power of reason, peppered liberally with laughter and conservatively with satire. This sign says it well:
We Should Do This More Often