Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert plan ‘Rally to Restore Sanity,’ ‘March to Keep Fear Alive’ in DC — In a response to Glenn Beck’s recent “Restoring Honor” rally in Washington, D.C., comedians and talk show hosts, Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert announced on their shows Thursday night that they are planning rallies of their own in the city on October 30. Mr. Stewart, who is host of The Daily Show With Jon Stewart on Comedy Central, and Stephen Colbert, host of The Colbert Report on the same network, each plan coordinating rallies. The “Rally to Restore Sanity” will be Mr. Stewart’s venture, while Mr. Colbert calls his event the “March to Keep Fear Alive.” According to both comics, these events will actually be held on the mall in Washington on (intentionally) the day before Halloween.
According to a website set up for the Stewart rally, the purpose of his gathering is explained this way:
“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.”
The “Sanity” rally even has its own Facebook page set up; it will use the show’s Twitter feed as well.
On the, er, right side of the equation happening on the eve before All Hallow’s Eve is Stephen Colbert’s event.
The “March to Keep Fear Alive” is a nod to the liberal view of right-wing politics.
Mr. Colbert, calling himself, “The Rev. Sir Dr. Stephen T. Colbert, D.F.A,” writes about his competing rally this way:
“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.”
The “March to Keep Fear” alive rally also has its own website (looking remarkably like the Stewart rally in design — shock!). It also has a Facebook page and urges “followers” to stay updated through the show’s Twitter account.
Though both comedians say they plan these events, their audiences are talking about whether or not the rallies will really happen or if they are simply a gag.
What do you think?
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