Now for those of you that are familiar with my writing style, you know I rarely broach the political arena, well… for a number of reasons – but, first and foremost – come on, the topic is usually boring. Wouldn’t you rather hear about which celebrity got pregnant or went ape crap on camera? I know, I know… it’s the vapid world we live in. I am however willing to break my “don’t ask, don’t tell, and really don’t care” policy as the Comedy Central Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear demands a little attention.
Sure, little to the tune of Saturday’s 215,000 people in attendance on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. according to CBS News estimates. It was the combined efforts of talk show hosts Jon Stewart’s Rally to Restore Sanity and Steven Colbert’s March to Keep Fear Alive. The most unique aspect of the rally you ask? Not one of those people seemed to have a clear understanding of exactly what the hell it was.
Here’s what we do know:
1. Political comics Jon Stewart and Steven Colbert organized the rally
2. It was billed as “a rally for the people who’ve been too busy to go to rallies” (These are the same people that have been meaning to get to a parade)
3. News reports decipher this was in the satirical vein of the two August 28th 2010 rallies: Fox Network’s Glen Beck’s Restoring Honor Rally at the Lincoln Memorial and public pontificator Al Sharpton’s Reclaim the Dream Rally (Hmm… that sounds vaguely familiar – Almost as if I’ve heard a “dream” speech in history before)
4. Charity was in full swing! Educational foundation DonorsChoose.org, which Colbert sits on the Board of Directors, raised a total of $250,000 while Stewart promoted the Trust for the National Mall which raised a total of $188,000. Not too shabby boys.
In short, the rally was a success… mainly due to the fact that if you don’t have a definite purpose and it’s all in fun, it’s usually hard to fail. Remember that the next time you’re planning something. Simply a couple of comically charged entertainment figures poking jest at what the country has become politically. Let’s face it, we’re not exactly the pillar of sensible debates globally. We allow candidates to run who dabbled in witchcraft but don’t believe in masturbation, yet make a federal case out of two gays that want equal rights… really?
Hurray for the stars and stripes! Let’s stand together and take part in a red, white, and blue event in the hopes of restoring “sanity” with an “insane” rally. Ah, how fitting America.Tags: Jon Stewart, Las Vegas, March to Keep Fear Alive, Miami, Rally to Resrot Sanity, Steven colbert