A note from the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear
To follow up on my past blogs on the Tea Party and Christian fundamentalism I thought I should highlight the counter movement. A groundswell of rational reasonable people descended on DC yesterday to hear Jon Stewart walk the thin line between comedy presenter and political pundit.
A task he has respected so greatly in the past, and perfected yesterday. Reports are coming in thick and fast of how well he and Stephen Colbert did as comedy presenters; they are all true – it was hilarious, and yes, Cat Stevens and Ozzy Osborne did open for Kid Rock and Cheryl Crow by battling for lead vocals whilst backed by The Roots.
The atmosphere was equally jovial, and even dressing up as redcoats with a friend wasn’t enough to evoke a negative response from the hundreds who stopped us just to say ‘better luck next time’ or take a quick photo. In many ways the whole event felt more like a music festival than a political rally.
That said, for 12 minutes and 56 seconds the crowd put down their witty signs, stopped laughing and fell silent for Stewart’s closing remarks. His comments were brilliantly blunt and shined a much-needed spot light on the catastrophic impact the media is having on the political process.
I urge you to watch it.Tagged in: DC, jon stewart, march, rally, restore sanity, speech, Stephen Colbert, washington
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