It’s always interesting looking at other countries politics from the outside… you have the distance and impartiality to look on it with a mix of humour and confusion that comes from not really understanding the issues, or their impact. I obtain all of my political knowledge about America from the mainstream online media, so it was rather amusing to see the coverage of The Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear. It appears as if most of the mainstream media was attempting to spin this rally as a political maneuver, and it could be argued that it was. But for me, the big message was directed towards the media and the agitators to stop the divisiveness and encourage reasoned presentation of the issues.
Looking at some of the signs that were carried at the rally, they speak volumes… “If you keep shouting like that, you’ll get big muscles all over your face” … “And take it off CAPS LOCK” … “Even my sign chooses not to yell” …
It can be easy to yell the loudest and longest, but where does that get us?
It can be easy not to say anything, but where does that get us?
As a survivor, I struggle finding the middle ground between these two – that sweet spot of “sanity” that Jon Stewart is advocating for. I delay speaking up, because I don’t want to bother anyone, or there’s too many negative messages about asking for help. This silence causes things to build-up, and I explode in a rush of dysfunctional behaviour.
I’ve yet to find that reasoned, assertive voice that advocates for my own well-being. Until I find this voice, I’m going to struggle in a system that requires you to fight for your basic rights.