Anyone who follows the Comedy Central series The Daily Show with Jon Stewart has by now probably already heard about the upcoming October 30th rally in Washington, DC… But just in case, here’s my opportunity to tell you about it.
And to gloat that I will be attending.
Taken from the official website for the Rally to Restore Sanity:
“I’m mad as hell, and I’m not going to take it anymore!”
Who among us has not wanted to open their window and shout that at the top of their lungs?
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.
Think of our event as Woodstock, but with the nudity and drugs replaced by respectful disagreement; the Million Man March, only a lot smaller, and a bit less of a sausage fest; or the Gathering of the Juggalos, but instead of throwing our feces at Tila Tequila, we’ll be actively *not* throwing our feces at Tila Tequila. 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 your kids to soccer practice… Actually, please come anyway. Ask the sitter if she can stay a few extra hours, just this once. We’ll make it worth your while.
Watch Jon’s call-to-reasonableness on The Daily Show. Keep checking back for updates and rally information.
I’m not at all sure what to expect from this… It’ll probably be well attended, because Stewart has a lively flock of irresponsible and impulsive fans across the country who will likely use high-interest credit cards and excess student loans to fund their trek to join in. It’ll probably be very funny, with a serious undertone, as evidenced by the publicity it’s received on The Daily Show.
And it will include a few friends from New York City, as well as potentially a friend or two from Charlotte or Florida, so it will be a nice lil’ reunion trip. Sadly, it will not include Sal, as he has two performances on the day of the event itself. (I’ve been trying to find an opportunity to take him to DC for two years, damn it… next time!)
Airfare is arranged, a hotel is reserved, and I’m good ‘n excited. You’re welcome to come join in the madness, if you dare!