Sitting on the patio of The Cup Cafe this morning in a post-student-teaching reward-yourself moment, I overheard a few suits talking about a local version of Jon Stewart’s Rally to Restore Sanity to be held Saturday at Tucson’s Historic Hotel Congress. (The schedule for the national event, held in D.C., was reported today by the Christian Science Monitor if you’re wanting to grab a ticket still.)
My “former journalist” ears perked up and tilted themselves in the general direction of the aforementioned gentlemen while I tried to focus on the data set I was producing from the surveys from my student teaching. This is old news for those of you who have not been buried the requirements (aka “hazing”) of student teaching, but it was thrilling news to me! Tucson Progressive or Blog for Arizona both announced the local Rally to Restore Sanity a couple of weeks ago, as I discovered in looking for good links for this post, but in case you DON’T read those blogs, here are the basics for this Saturday’s local rally:
Oct. 30, 9 to noon, 311 E Congress St., big-screen TV with a live feed of the D.C. rally, food, drinks and a costume contest. (It is a famous allegedly haunted hotel and the day before Halloween – of COURSE there will be costumes.) Additionally, according to the flyer at the Hotel’s welcome desk, there will be “surprise guests.” The manager wouldn’t say exactly who the surprise guests would be, although he mentioned Rodney Glassman, “other local politicians,” and hinted a national figure or two might swing by.
I’m so excited about this because there’s no way I can get to D.C. Let’s give kudos to Club Congress for being Tucson’s local host for polite discourse about the upcoming elections. I’m going to ride my bike down there (exercise is my key to restoring sanity) so I’ll look like I’m in a costume without having to think up one. It should be a lot of fun and I hope Tucsonans of all political stripes show up to demonstrate that we can have civil conversation once more. Lord knows we need it this political season.
If you’re reading this and have no idea what the Rally to Restore Sanity (or the simultaneous March to Keep Fear Alive) is about, here’s a snippet from the Rally’s official website:
Ours is a rally for the people who’ve been too busy to go to rallies, who actually have lives and families and jobs (or are looking for jobs) — not so much the Silent Majority as the Busy Majority. If we had to sum up the political view of our participants in a single sentence… we couldn’t. That’s sort of the point.