Sunday, October 31, 2010

The Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear!

Tolerance of Diversity
That's what it's all about

In my opinion, I think you're allowed to have your own opinions, values and beliefs, but don't force them on others or make them feel like their satanical because they don't hold your same opinions, values and beliefs! You can share them in a peaceful way, but be respectful when others disagree. Why argue about it?

I HATE that.
I hate how so many political shows are just ARGUING!
It drives me INSANE.

Can't we all just get along?
Be accepting of DIVERSITY?

While still firmly maintaining your own
opinions, values and beliefs??!

Maybe you think I am not realistic. But that is your opinion of me, if so, and that's OK! You can respectfully disagree, but just don't try and argue with me to get me to change my opinion, because I think AMERICA can be a peaceful and tolerant nation... if everyone gave it some effort.

I am actually sad I didn't go to this rally yesterday. I heard about it all week long and saw Jon Stewart on the Oprah show recently talking about the rally. I didn't even really know who he was before this, but I usually think these rally things are just for political activists. It's also very unappealing for me to think I am one of a gazillion people trying to navigate through the city and it doesn't sound too appealing to sit outside and listen to speeches about people complaining about the other political party setting up America for destruction. But, after reading his speech today, I am a new fan!

I chose two quotes from his speech that I think were simple statements, but so profound!

"If we amplify everything we hear nothing. ... Not being able to distinguish between real racists and Tea Partiers or real bigots and Juan Williams and Rick Sanchez is an insult, not only to those people but to the racists themselves who have put in the exhausting effort it takes to hate--just as the inability to distinguish terrorists from Muslims makes us less safe not more. ..."

You don't have to accept their views
but don't create a volcano from a molehill

Also, I feel like American politics are all about secret spies each candidate has trying to scrounge up anything possibly negative and then AMPLIFY it a gazillion times. I am SO sick of the political ads on TV right now slamming the other candidate when I have no idea what the candidate supporting the slamming actually believes. Why can't we just talk about the issues rather than telling me that so and so hit someone in Kindergarten and never said sorry!

Quote 2:

"Look on the screen. This is where we are. This is who we are. (points to the Jumbotron screen which show traffic merging into a tunnel). These cars—that’s a schoolteacher who probably thinks his taxes are too high. He’s going to work. There’s another car-a woman with two small kids who can’t really think about anything else right now. There’s another car, swinging, I don’t even know if you can see it—the lady’s in the NRA and she loves Oprah. There’s another car—an investment banker, gay, also likes Oprah. Another car’s a Latino carpenter. Another car a fundamentalist vacuum salesman. Atheist obstetrician. Mormon Jay-Z fan. But this is us. Every one of the cars that you see is filled with individuals of strong belief and principles they hold dear—often principles and beliefs in direct opposition to their fellow travelers.

And yet these millions of cars must somehow find a way to squeeze one by one into a mile long 30 foot wide tunnel carved underneath a mighty river. Carved, by the way, by people who I’m sure had their differences. And they do it. Concession by conscession. You go. Then I’ll go. You go. Then I’ll go. You go then I’ll go. Oh my God, is that an NRA sticker on your car? Is that an Obama sticker on your car? Well, that’s okay—you go and then I’ll go.

And sure, at some point there will be a selfish jerk who zips up the shoulder and cuts in at the last minute, but that individual is rare and he is scorned and not hired as an analyst.

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"

This is what AMERICA needs

And, as my little brother always said so
lovingly when we would argue as kids,
"Can't we all just get along??!" :)

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