This morning I got up at 5:30 am, ran around Green Lake with Lola, and headed downtown. But wait – its Saturday! I wasn’t headed downtown for work – I was headed downtown to attend the Seattle satellite Rally for Sanity. My apologies for this not being a north Seattle-specific post – but I don’t care where you live, I need to get out the voting message.
I have my own political views that I don’t need to discuss here. I’m for certain people and certain ideas. But that’s not what the rally was about – the rally was meant for people of all sides to come together and say “Hey, lets quit yelling at each other and calling each other names, and actually have a real debate about the issues.”
The rally was a spin-off from the larger Jon Stewart/Stephen Colbert “Rally for Sanity and/or Fear” taking place at the same time in Washington, D.C. Parts of it were live feeds from their rally, and parts of it were local – Dave Ross from KIRO Talk Radio was the emcee and five local comedians were on hand for entertainment. Congressman Jim McDermott came to speak after being introduced “not as a politician but because we’re in his district.”
My view wasn’t great:
And the rain started coming down about 45 minutes in, but everyone’s spirits stayed up. And the message from each speaker was the same – we don’t care WHO you vote for or HOW you vote, just educate yourself and get the ballot filled out and mailed in.
IF YOU HAVEN’T YET, your ballot must be postmarked by November 2nd – that’s this Tuesday! Or, you can drop it off at an official spot – there’s one in the U-District and one in Ballard.
Also spotted near the rally:
Not sure how “sane” this was, but no one seemed too disturbed by a dancing robot in downtown Seattle. It IS Halloween-eve, after all.