Jon Stewart’s Sanity Rally: ‘Take It Down A Notch For America’
September 17, 2010
(ChattahBox Political News)—Jon Stewart’s pre-announcement of something big was revealed on last night’s Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show.” What was it? An anti-Glenn Beck, anti-tea party, anti-Code Pink rally, dubbed “Rally to Restore Sanity.” Later, “The Rev. Sir Dr. Stephen T. Colbert, D.F.A” made a surprise appearance on Stewart’s show to announce his own rally, called “March to Keep Fear Alive.” It’s a great concept and is guaranteed to be a lot more fun than a race-baiting angry tea party rally. But, as Stewart mentioned on his show last night, normal non-Glenn Beck viewers don’t usually spend their weekends boarding buses to carry “Obama is Hitler” signs, because we have “sh*t to do, unlike the elderly on Medicare and Social Security tea party crowd. But just this one time, Stewart is urging his viewers to “Ask the sitter if she can stay a few extra hours, just this once.”
Both rallies will take place on October 30 on the Washington Mall. Websites for the “March to Keep Fear Alive” and “Rally to Restore Sanity” events are now online with all of the details, with sign ups to receive more information.
Stewart describes his sanity rally, as a “take it down a notch for America” rally, intended for people “who feel that the loudest voices shouldn’t be the only ones that get heard; and who believe that the only time it’s appropriate to draw a Hitler mustache on someone is when that person is actually Hitler.”
Stewart acknowledges we are all busy with our families and jobs, or searching for a job, but asks that we take the time to rally against hate.
“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.”
Colbert’s counter rally, in keeping with his character, urges his viewers to fight to keep fearmongering in our social discourse.
“But now, there are dark, optimistic forces trying to take away our Fear — forces with salt and pepper hair and way more Emmys than they need. They want to replace our Fear with reason. But never forget — “Reason” is just one letter away from “Treason.” Coincidence? Reasonable people would say it is, but America can’t afford to take that chance.”
Sounds like fun.