Two Comedy Central funnymen are apparently entering into the partisan political fray with rallies of their own in the nation’s capital.
Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert have set October 30 as the date for their respective rallies.
On Thursday night’s airing of “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart,” the comedian announced plans for a “Rally to Restore Sanity.”
“See you October 30 on the National Mall to spread the timeless message, ‘Take it down a notch for America,’ ” he said. Stewart dubbed the event a “clarion call for rationality…”
On “The Colbert Report,” which airs immediately after Stewart’s show, Colbert fired back with plans for his “March to Keep Fear Alive.”
“Now is not the time to take it down a notch. Now is the time for all good men to freak out for freedom,” Colbert said…
The announcements come less than three weeks after conservative talk-show host Glenn Beck hosted a much-publicized “Restoring Honor” rally on the National Mall, urging large crowds to “turn back to God” and return America to the values on which it was founded.
Stewart first publicly floated the idea of a counter-rally in a profile in the September 12 edition of New York magazine. “Maybe we would do a ‘March of the Reasonable,’ on a date of no particular significance,” Stewart says in the article.
The website logos and icons created for the Colbert and Stewart rallies mimic Beck’s, using identical typography and similar stylized images.
“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,” the website for the “Rally to Restore Sanity” says.
The “March to Keep Fear Alive” site takes a more alarmist approach: “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.”
This should pin the dimwits in the Tea Party. They’re accustomed to being led around by the nose – by the current incarnation of the John Birch Society, the Bundists of the New American Century. They’re not so mellow about being laughed at.
The laughter and chuckles muted by “respectable” media types rarely gets up to the level of courage and insight, simply smugness. Stewart and Colbert are capable of so much more. A fact obviously appreciated by the millions of Americans who appreciate their humor.