Due to massive internet demand stemming from a post on Reddit, Jon Stewart announced a rally in Washington DC to counter the many Tea Party-centric rallies that have taken place across the country.
Stewart and Stephen Colbert have been hinting at the existence of an “announcement” and an “event,” and details have been released. The “Rally To Restore Sanity” is to take place on October 30th, and Colbert will ostensibly be confirming a “Keep Fear Alive” version to occur simultaneously in the same place. (At the time of posting, The Colbert Report hadn’t aired, but the “Rally To Restore Sanity” page links to Colbert’s “March To Keep Fear Alive” page.) The two rallies seem to have been set up to counter each other, with Colbert’s a bit more in line with the satirical vibe of the original suggestion.
From Stewart’s page:
Because we’re looking for those people. 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.
From Colbert’s page:
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.
So, internet, do you plan to help “restore truthiness” at either event?