Rally to Restore Sanity battles March to Keep Fear Alive

Stephen Colbert: "Now is the time for all good men to freak out for freedom!"
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Stephen Colbert: “Now is the time for all good men to freak out for freedom!”

BOSTON — Mark your calendars. The Rally to Restore Sanity and the March to Keep Fear Alive will be held on Oct. 30 on the National Mall in Washington.

And we’re pretty sure Glenn Beck has not been invited.

Last night, Comedy Central faux journalists Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert each made a “big announcement.”

First up to the plate was Jon Stewart.

In response to “the loud folks,” such as the Hitler-sign making folks, Stewart asks, “Why don’t we hear from the 70-80 percenters?” – the majority of Americans who don’t have extreme political views.

Enter the Rally to Restore Sanity.

“A million moderate march…a clarion call for rationality!” Stewart exclaimed.

With the motto of “Take it down a notch for America,” Stewart is offering to provide signs with the “appropriate” level of political emotion, such as “I disagree with you, but I’m pretty sure you’re not Hitler.”

You could also go with “I am not afraid of Muslims/Tea Partiers/Socialists/Immigrants/Gun Owners/Gay…but I am scared of Spiders.”

Colbert’s Counter Rally

To counter Stewart’s Rally to Restore Sanity and to restore “truthiness,” Stephen Colbert announced his own rally: The March to Keep Fear Alive.

Calling Stewart’s announcement “disturbing,” Colbert says he will “not take it down a notch,” saying that “Now is the time for all good men to freak out for freedom!”

And, “Need I point out that ‘reason’ is one letter away from ‘treason?'” Colbert asks.

Rumors about a march to counter Glenn Beck’s Restoring Honor rally on the anniversary of Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech have been building. Monitor Staff Writer Gloria Goodale writes:

The call for Colbert to decamp to the nation’s capital began last week as a midnight rambling posted by user mrsammercer on Reddit.com, which was then picked up by the Huffington Post and turned into a genuine Internet movement, complete with a Facebook page, a website, and ardent viral fans.

Apparently, as Time magazine stated in one of their headlines about the comedians’ rallies, “The Internet Wins.”

The internet campaign started by Reddit has raised over $200,000 for charity so far and Stewart and Colbert have hopped on board.

Is this an insightful mockery of media and politics, or another way to spoil a National Mall picnic on a Saturday afternoon?

Would you go?

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Comments (7)

  1. Submitted by Hénock Gugsa on 09/17/2010 - 10:39 am.

    Just when we’d settled down with the morose thought that this country has gone to hell in a hand basket, and we’re in the grip of uncontrollable fear and anger … here come two clowns to spoil everything that Rush and Beck rasped their vocal chords over!

  2. Submitted by Brian Nelson on 09/17/2010 - 08:11 pm.

    We need the likes of an H.L. Mencken or a Mark Twain or Charles Dickens to reveal just who these people are. But, for now I will take what I can get.

  3. Submitted by Richard Schulze on 09/17/2010 - 10:22 pm.

    Don’t worry about the TP. It is no more coherent than the New Left was. Lindsey Graham called them on it when they were trying to shout him down:

    “So when you take your country back, what do you want to do with it ?”

    People who hate everything about big government except what it does for them can’t be taken seriously as a force for fiscal responsibility. It’s all a great deal of sound and fury, signifying nothing more than the swan dive of the Yahoo GOP. The graveyards will soon be full of disproportionately over-65 TPs.

  4. Submitted by Hénock Gugsa on 09/18/2010 - 10:58 am.

    @#3 …”The graveyards will soon be full of disproportionately over-65 TPs.”

    Until then, I wish they would all go and settle in Arizona. I hear it’s a great place for curmudgeons!

  5. Submitted by Dennis Tester on 09/20/2010 - 07:27 am.

    See, this is why most decent people despise liberals.

    It’s instructive that the leaders of the democrat party are snarky millionaire comedians who make their living mocking fellow Americans. That’s what passes for intellect on the Left. Who’s comedy writers can come up with the best put-down lines.

    When millions of decent, patriotic, taxpaying, citizens, many of whom have served this country in uniform, protest their bloated and tyrannical government, the response from the professional Left is to ridicule them.

    Remember come November, he who laughs last, laughs best.

  6. Submitted by Joe Schweigert on 09/20/2010 - 09:23 am.

    Dennis, a proverb comes to mind: “For every action, there is always an equal and opposite reaction.”

    I don’t believe this is a critique of decent citizens who protest their government.

    I believe this would be a response to, if I may paraphrase your comment, snarky millionaires who pass for intellectuals on the right that capitalize on half-truths and lies in order to sell books, advertising, etc.

    I don’t think actual political discourse exists in either the hands of Stewart or Beck. The only difference is that Stewart readily admits it.

  7. Submitted by Hénock Gugsa on 09/20/2010 - 01:37 pm.

    @#5 says … “When millions of decent, patriotic, taxpaying, citizens, many of whom have served this country in uniform, protest their bloated and tyrannical government, the response from the professional Left is to ridicule them.”
    ——————————————–
    And the response from the professional Right is … to whine when somebody points out that the king has no clothes on, … or be overly sanctimonious, and drag out those dependable dogmatic catch-phrases: the flag, “decent”, “patriotic”, “taxpaying”, “citizens”, etc.

    And by the way, are all those Tea-Partiers decent taxpayers? Are all the lobbyists and power-brokers loyal and patriotic citizens?

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