Well, today bore witness to a rather short but sweet ceremony. It was an Alaskan event, our own version of Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert’s Rally to Restore Sanity. It was quite the ceremony, despite the cold weather and the shortness of it all.
It began with the speaker, Heather Aronno, head of the UAA Democrats, bringing the people together and talking about who would be speaking and why we were all there. It was a rather pleasant speech. Aronno speaks with passion for one of such small stature. She stood there without dread of the extremely cold weather. She joked about it a little, but the truth was that it was actually biting cold out at the Cuddy Quad where the event was held, on the grounds of the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA). Getting such an event together required a lot of work. As Aronno described, there was a great deal of red tape that people had to go through to set up an event like this one.
After Aronno was done speaking, she handed the mike to a student leader named Alex Maslow. He first gave quotes and talked about the ideals of the various Tea Party candidates, showing how these peoples’ ideals were not only dangerous, they were simply indecent by societal standards. He talked about the fact that our modern political arena has become a world of deception and petty arguing. The partisanship, or rather, the lack of working together, is draggin this country into the abyss. He spoke about how there needs to be a change. The new revolution of Tea Party candidates, who are panderers of bigotry and prejudism, do not want a world of equality for all people. Rather, they would like to go back to the days of Jim Crowe, when it was white Christian men who lived the good lives, and the others had to suffer through endless series of problems that were not justified.
Aronno then introduce the second speaker, another young man named Ceezar Martinson. He expanded on the previous speaker’s point. He legitimately feared ath the country that the Tea Party candidates would build would not be a country that people would want to live in. Here in Alaska, we have a special connection to this. We have the second-largest economy of any state in this country. We stand to lose so much by electing psychotic people like Joe Miller, who pander ideals of a Christian nation. Martinson was holding a black cat in his arms. It seemed appropriate, given the spirit of Halloween which also holds over today.
The third speaker was a community activist named Kokayi Nosakhere. He was an impassioned speaker who used mostly pathos-based speech. He was right when he said that more people need to get out and vote this fall. He was right when he got out and said that there is too much belief in this country that only the insane can have passion and the insane can have a voice. He rallied everyone to action, to get as many people as is humanly possible out to vote next week. It was good to hear somebody who was so full of vigor.
The final speaker was a national figure, and the person who got Rachel Maddow to come to Alaska, Shannyn Moore. Moore was pleased with the turnout at the Rally. To her, it was a sign that things were looking up for the people of Alaska. She was sick and tired about hearing about the antics of Sarah Palin, whom she has been personally attacked by. She is tired of seeing the insanity of people like Joe Miller go unanswered, but she said that there was hope. The people who attended the rally were hope that things might not be so bad, that Alaska me not fall into the death-grip of people like Miller, and the Tea Party posse that are trying to turn this country back into the world of the 50′s again.
The rally ended, and people dispersed. It was a great experience. Afterward, we ran into Desa Jaccobson, a local and outspoken native activist. She is also a community leader. She had organized the anti-Beck/Palin rally on 9/11.
“It all starts with one person,” she said, talking about how it took getting everyboyd involved to make a difference. And there was a difference that was made.
All in all, it was a great day, and it was a sign that Alaska is not a red-state. At least, not all of it.
Until next time, a quote,
“Now it is time for all of us to get out there and to make a difference! To show that Alaska is not just filled with crazy people. That this is a rally to sanity, and we will make our voices heard!” -Alex Maslow