Friday, September 17, 2010

Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert Rallies Coming to DC: Expect Gridlock and the Wrath of God

On October 30th, Washington, DC will be treated to --or tormented by, depending on your perspective-- competing demonstrations by Comedy Central's Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert. (Did we need to include "Comedy Central" in the description of Stewart and Colbert? Does anyone on the planet not know who they are?)

These demonstrations will be a satire of --or homage to, again depending on your point of view-- Glenn Beck's August 28th Restoring Honor to America Rally at the Lincoln Memorial.

Colbert's theme is March to Keep the Fear Alive, while Stewart plans to focus Americans on Rally to Restore Sanity. "Think of our event as Woodstock, but with the nudity and drugs replaced by respectful disagreement," is how Jon Stewart explains the October 30th event. Colbert's protest sounds even more important (I'm trying to be unbiased, but it's hard): "America, the Greatest Country God ever gave Man, was built on three bedrock principles: Freedom. Liberty. And Fear -- that someone might take our Freedom and Liberty. But now, there are dark, optimistic forces trying to take away our Fear -- forces with salt and pepper hair and way more Emmys than they need. They want to replace our Fear with reason. But 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."

It's going to be difficult to choose which demonstration to attend. Maybe they'll have free Segways or something that people can ride to shuttle between these two events. You can sign up to receive updates and get more information on Stewart's and Colbert's competing websites.

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