I admit that I did not follow the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear much at all, I didn’t pay too much attention to the previous two rallies that seemed to set Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert in motion either. Oddly a lot of the reason is because we have gotten too far away from a politics of the center as the late Senator Paul Wellstone would probably talk about.
This center is not what Robert Reich is talking about but rather the politics that is at the center of our lives, those brown bag issues that have an impact on our jobs, our homes, our families. What Robert Reich notes is the need to return to civility when we talk about those issues.
Robert Reich says, “The political center isn’t about what we decide It’s about how we decide. A central tenet of American democracy is a commitment vigorous debate, done honestly and civilly,” and as people like Jon Stewart have noted, a lot of this responsibility rests at the feet of the media which seems to be more about sensationalism that will drive up ratings rather than contribute to the value of American democracy.
I will probably finish with this, with the nature of the internet comes greater opportunity and responsibility for citizens to not only access media but also to become part of the media in sharing what is out there, but we need to do this in both a vigorous and civil manner. If we can not do this, then our democracy become irrelevant.