Aaaaaanyway, in an amazing instance of internet idea blossoming into reality (read: true grassroots movement), the Jon Stewart “Rally for Sanity” is actually going to happen. The RoS, which started as an idea on the internet as a response to Glenn Beck’s idiotic rallies, the ones that amounted to little more than belligerent accusations of Nazism or Communism of liberals, actually grew to the point where the Stew-bomb is making it happen.
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.
What’s bizarre is that this is the Daily Show audience. The people who watch the news on Comedy Central believe in civil discourse to a greater extent than the “news junkies” who get their infotainment from Fox. This is less a feather in Jon Boy’s cap and more a terrible situation the Rupert Murdoch model of news (anything for ratings) has gotten us into.
And this isn’t a joke, no sir. Oprah’s promoting the goddamn thing.
Fox is, unsurprisingly, crying and bitching about it. Greg Gutfeld from Fox’s “Red Eye”, who you might remember got into hot water for mocking the Canadian military, offered some comically idiotic “insight” into the situation. Let me save you time: Jon’s a gaw-damn librul! The nice quote is here:
Which raises an interesting question: Would Stewart have announced his event if those other events had a decidedly liberal tilt?
This is one of those questions that sound reasonable at first, until you realize that no liberal-bending events had anything close to the venom of the Teabagger rallies. It’s sort of like saying that atheists wouldn’t have been so hard on the Crusades if they’d been led by atheists. That may or may not be true, because that just ain’t the way it happened.
Would Jon have gotten pissed at liberal-led rallies that were as bullheaded, confrontational, divisive, and just plain stupid as the Teabagger rallies? Hard to say. I know I sure as hell would have. Frankly I’m tougher on my team than the other guy. I expect someone opposite me to do something wrong, to say something ignorant. But the last thing I’d like to do is associate with idiots who waggle “Bush = Hitler” signs.
Which is an interesting thing. The liberal anti-Bush movement largely self-regulated. We only embraced Cindy Sheehan until she went crazy. When liberals bridge into that frothing Tea Party type mentality, they get booted from the team until they get their shit together. The Tea Party, on the other hand, is made up entirely of the kind of rejects liberalism got rid of (only, of course, conservative).
I might be there. You should consider it.