Posted by: Kathy White | September 22, 2010

A Rally I Can Get Behind

I love Jon Stewart. In this crazy, mixed-up world — he’s the only one who makes sense. And Colbert, God love him, mocks the very thing we know is so wrong in media today — blowhards.

That they are holding competing rallies in D.C. on October 30, one to promote fear and one to promote sanity, is pure genius. On the week before the elections, you can go and rally with the guys who actually make the most sense of anybody out there that has a platform to talk.

Here’s the gist of Stewart’s rally: “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.

Think of our event as Woodstock, but with the nudity and drugs replaced by respectful disagreement.”

I love it — the busy majority. We’re the ones who know that all this crap is just that — a bunch of crap. There is no 9/11 conspiracy, there is no Muslim in our White House and he was not born in Kenya, the white man is not being marginalized and immigrants do not need to be shot on sight. But damn, we just don’t have time to get up on soapboxes and scream about it. We’re busy.

And here’s Colbert’s rally: “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.”

Yup. Glenn Beck can go to this rally because he won’t even get the joke. He’ll take it seriously and think we SHOULD be rallying to keep up our fear. The fearmongers are winning because they’re doing all of the talking and doing it from loud big platforms. What is it we’re suppose to be afraid of? Everything. But here’s a quick list in case you haven’t been paying attention:

  • Terrorists — yes, we do need to be afraid but not every Muslim is a terrorist and not every mosque is a feeding ground for al queda.
  • Immigrants — Yup. They’re taking our jobs. Wait, what?
  • Gays in the military — This one just still astounds me. DADT is unconstitutional, it’s reckless, and it hurts our military. Nuff said.
  • Gays getting married — Because Britney Spears being married for just 24 hours and Rush Limbaugh being married 4 times is okay. Gays would screw up marriage for the straight people.
  • Activist judges — Any judge who abides by the law but goes against what the blowhards think is right is an activist. Got that?
  • President Obama — Black, Muslim, born in Kenya and a complete socialist. Except the first one, not a damn one of those things is true and they’ve been proven false again and again. But there are some people there’s just no convincing — and they scare the hell out of me.

As you can see, we have plenty to fear and lots to be riled up about — if only we had the time. Now we need to make the time and go rally with the good guys. Road trip!

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