October 30

October 30 September 21, 2010

Jon_image Hey, so, the Slacktivixen and I will be attending Jon Stewart's "Rally to Restore Sanity" on Oct. 30 on the National Mall in Washington.

Which means, of course, that we will also be attending Stephen Colbert's "March to Keep Fear Alive" on Oct. 30 on the National Mall in Washington.

In case you've missed the build-up on "The Daily Show," Stewart describes his rally this way:

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.

Stephen_image While Colbert, as usual, takes a different approach:

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

But whether or not one shares either of those perspectives or neither of them, the bottom line is this: Free Show. And maybe, just maybe, as the 'vixen says, her fingers crossed, a chance to meet Wyatt Cenac.

I'm trying to figure out what to write on my sign for the rally. Leaning toward: "Actually, it's probably a bit more complicated than that." Or maybe, "Let's work together to see if we can identify precisely where we disagree."

But anyway we'll be there, is the point. And it's possible that some readers and posters on this blog will be there as well. And if you're there and we're there, we should probably introduce ourselves and arrange to share a beverage or something.

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