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Restoring Sanity and/or Fear Rally (10-30-10)

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Today, Steven Cobert and Jon Stewart had their joint rallies.  Some in the media saw it as a publicity stunt, and just a way for them to get ratings.  I saw it as something different.

I tuned into it a little late, right around when Ozzy Osbourne was on stage.  The crowd was enormous.  The ability for these two to have people back them at an event like this was unbelievable.  This put Glen Beck’s rally (where it wore a bullet proof vest) to shame!  And the message was quite different.

For these two being in the media, they sure did drop a bomb on them.  They exposed their fear tactics, and told it like it was.  The best quote I heard was, “We are in hard times, not end times.”  If you watch any of the news channels (especially cable), you would think that this was the end of the world.  It’s a cheap tactic that works, and it instates fear in the people who buy into it.

While Steven played the devils advocate, and played the part of the fear mongering media, Jon Stewart played the voice of reason.  His message was quite powerful.  A lot of the jokes fell flat though.  But, I think, the reason they tried to be “funny,” was because the issue they were addressing was so serious.  They were able to get it across, despite the lame jokes.

They had major stars at the rally.  Singers like Ozzy Osbourne, The OJs, R2D2 (who assaulted Jon Stewart on the way out!).  Meanwhile, in West Virginia, Sara Palin managed to get Ted Nugent.  There’s a shining example of politics and peace, huh.  A man who owns more land than God, and more guns than our military.

The message was clear.  It wasn’t so much political, and vote for Democrats, as I though it was going to be.  And it wasn’t a strict comedy show, as many thought it would be.  Instead, it was simply to promote unity (and there had to of been close to a 200,000 people there, it was crazy!), to promote the awareness of fear tactics, and to just have a good time in a time where it is hard to.  The rally is a shining example of what could be achieved when we just work together.

Let me address this now.  On the few occasions I have watched Steven Colbert, I wasn’t amused.  The only time I really enjoyed one of his performances was at the Bush Correspondents Dinner a few years back.  Other than that, he doesn’t do it for me.  But Jon Stewart is a different kind of breed.

Jon Stewart’s show is smart and funny.  He has to have the best researchers in the business.  This was CLEAR when the Republicans came out with their “Pledge to America”, and he showed that every “new” issue, and tagged it to a past interview, and showed that none of it was new.  Here is the video: http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/thu-september-23-2010/postcards-from-the-pledge

If you watch his show, you will get more, and better, information and news than anywhere else.  I have a lot of respect for him.  More than I can say about anybody else out there right now.

So if you can, try to find clips of the keynote from the Rally today.  It’s decent.  Especially after Colbert steps off the stage.  Also watch the clips they had of the fear tactics that the media uses.  It will be eye opening if you don’t realize this already.

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Written by aversas

30/10/2010 at 6:35 PM

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