The 10/30 Marches on Washington

17 Sep

I can’t decide yet whether I want to attend Jon Stewart’s “Rally to Restore Sanity“, which aims to “take it down a notch for America“, or Stephen Colbert’s “Keep Fear Alive“, where marchers will be “freaking out for fear,” or “notching it up a scoche”.  October 30th on the National Mall in Washington from 3 – 6.

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From Stewart’s site, something that seems directed at Buffalo’s angriest gubernatorial candidate:

“I’m mad as hell, and I’m not going to take it anymore!”

Who among us has not wanted to open their window and shout that at the top of their lungs?

Seriously, who?

Because we’re looking for those people. We’re looking for the people who think shouting is annoying, counterproductive, and terrible for your throat; 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. Or Charlie Chaplin in certain roles.

Are you one of those people? Excellent. Then we’d like you to join us in Washington, DC on October 30 — a date of no significance whatsoever — at the Daily Show’s “Rally to Restore Sanity.” 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.

On the other hand, Colbert describes his rally thusly:

America, the Greatest Country God ever gave Man, was built on three bedrock principles: Freedom. Liberty. And Fear — that someone might take our Freedom and Liberty. 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.

As always, the best way to combat the creeping insanity and extremism in our politics is to make fun of them.

4 Responses to “The 10/30 Marches on Washington”

  1. BobbyCat September 17, 2010 at 11:59 am #

    The problem is, you cannot attend both ‘Restore Sanity’ and ‘Keep Fear Alive’ unless of course you are both crazy and not crazy, that is, schizophrenic.

    I predict a huge turnout. And not.

  2. STEEL September 17, 2010 at 3:40 pm #

    Screamers get really mad when you don’t scream back

  3. joker September 17, 2010 at 4:01 pm #

    As evidenced by the hysterical reaction to the candidacy of Carl Paladino and Glenn Beck’s huge Washington event.

  4. deidre September 21, 2010 at 1:05 pm #

    We’re going, with the kids. Never too early to indoctrinate them!

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