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Jon Stewart Plans 'Restoring Sanity' Rally to Counter Glenn Beck Event

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Take it down a notch, folks. An odd theme for a mass rally, but that's what comedian Jon Stewart has in mind for a semi-serious event planned for Oct. 30 in Washington, apparently in answer to Glenn Beck's mega "Restoring Honor" rally on the National Mall last month. This one's not going to be any "tea party." The "Rally to Restore Sanity" almost sounds like an Un-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 some is when that person is actually Hitler," Stewart says on his Daily Show website.
Comedian Jon Stewart
The date, Oct. 30, "has no significance whatsoever," Stewart says gleefully. "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."
(Hmm. Dude, is this actually going to happen?)

And lest anyone think it's just about answering Tea Party conservatives and the Beck-a-palooza last Aug. 28, Comedy Central's other wild and crazy news satirist, Stephen Colbert of the Colbert Report, says he'll hold a competing rally the same day, called "The March to Keep Fear Alive" to combat "creeping reasonableness." Stewart's people "want to replace our fear with reason," Colbert wrote. "But never forget 'reason,' is just one letter away form 'treason.'"

Stewart is due in Washington the week of Oct. 25 to do the Daily Show and he insisted that he has already done the paperwork to reserve a spot on the National Mall.

Conservative Fox TV personality Beck's event drew tens of thousands to the Mall on the 47th anniversary of Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech in the same location. Beck's Mall show was countered by a smaller civil rights march, led by the Rev. Al Sharpton.

"Think of our event as Woodstock, but with the nudity and drugs replaced by respectful disagreement. The Million Man March, only a lot smaller," Stewart said. ". . . Join us in the shadow of the Washington Monument. And bring your indoor voice. Or don't, if you'd rather stay home, go to work or drive hour kids to soccer practice. Actually, please come anyway."

Oh, and one more thing about those Hitler mustaches sometimes seen on placards at Tea Party rallies. They're okay on "Charlie Chaplin in certain roles," he said.

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Who has Glenn Beck ever debated?

September 24 2010 at 3:51 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
Rob & Kathy

Liberals know they can't debate the GOP anymore. All they have is attacks...

September 19 2010 at 1:11 PM Report abuse -4 rate up rate down Reply

This simply is designed to fire up the liberal base because they see that the average American voters are not happy with what the President is doing and taking this nation . ED Shultz is also planing a rally to counter the Beck rally but it won't change the minds of America . The Beck rally was a great event and they are trying to diminish its' effect on the American voter . People are smart enough to figure this out so I hope they enjoy there day in the rain .

September 18 2010 at 12:10 PM Report abuse -8 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to snrar's comment

So I'm guessing the Beck rally had no political agenda what so ever and that it wasn't meant to fire up the conservative base.

September 22 2010 at 2:41 PM Report abuse +11 rate up rate down Reply

Uh... I don't recall Jon Stewart condemning the Hitler Mustaches , Devil Horns , ect. that protesters used to plaster onto George Bush pics.

September 17 2010 at 11:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The Tea Party, the Koch's in particular, run by Dick Army, is got to be the first in history that the wealthy are using working class Americans to rebel against themselves, the government. The progressive liberals in the 20 and 30's rebelled against the economic royalists for the working class and it's backwards now, amazing. They don't understand that the poverty rate and unemployment would be twice as high without the social programs in place now. The wealthy want to deconstruct the government so that they can make more money on Wall Street without investing in the US. Reason is one word away from treason............

September 17 2010 at 3:17 PM Report abuse +6 rate up rate down Reply

Ah, but it's okay for Bush to be depicted with a Hitler mustache, a bullet in his head, or burning in effigy accompanied by shouts and screams to kill him? Free speech is free speech, people.....what's good for the goose, etc.

September 17 2010 at 12:36 PM Report abuse +12 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to acadiacoons's comment

Were are the U-tube videos of this? Please give out the link of this going on on the Washington Mall. It is real easy to find the Obama ones. No mater who does it there in no Honor or Sanity in doing it.

September 24 2010 at 7:20 PM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply

That some individuals actually believe that they are getting 'news' and 'reporting' from a comedian is truly frightening and speaks volumes to those of us who at least have some memory of when news was actually news and not just a blog, an opinion, or a parody. John Stewart is very amusing, as are others of his ilk, but certainly aren't 'the news'.

September 17 2010 at 11:59 AM Report abuse +12 rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to cloward3's comment

And, you believe that Hannity, Limbaugh, Coulter, Beck and the rest of the FOX crew deliver "news"? Frankly, I'll take comedy over propaganda every day.

September 17 2010 at 3:07 PM Report abuse +12 rate up rate down Reply

To pgbrooke: Funny, I watch Fox, CNN and a number of news outlets. On the Fox programs, I see mostly conservative commentators (not news people) who have guests that express both points of view. Sometimes they have heated discussions. But they are expressing OPINION, not news. On CNN I see only liberal commentators with liberal guests and it looks more like a pep rally than a debate. I think it difficult to find hard news anymore. It seems that most reporters have an agenda and non of them are Walter Cronkite! You want is up to you to do the research because you can't assume what you read in the paper, on the blogs or see on TV is the truth.

September 17 2010 at 3:50 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

I think it is safe to assume every liberal in town will be at Stewart's event. Afterall, so many on the left are still repeating "news" they obtained from Saturday Night Live as fact.

September 17 2010 at 11:14 AM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply

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