Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear: It’s over. Now What?

As I’m sure everyone out there in the blog-o-sphere is fully aware, Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert held their Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear this past Saturday on the National Mall. I’ve been posting about and looking forward to it for weeks, and you all watched it on TV, so let’s cut straight to the point: What was the point of this?

Aside from a simply HILARIOUS comedy show and some fantastic musical performances (they replayed Vampire Weekend’s appearance on Colbert before the concert, to which I broke it down immensely, as well as appearances by Cat Stevens, Ozzy Osbourne, The Roots, and John Legend); Everyone there seemed to have a different cause – mostly hilarious, some serious, some a mixture of the two (If you haven’t seen the 100 Best Signs from Buzzfeed yet, get on that immediately). Stewart joked in his “Moment of Sincerity”, “Some of us aren’t sure why we’re here”; and he thanked everyone for coming and questioned – “what exactly was this?” before he told us his intentions — He said it wasn’t to look down at the heartland or the politically active; but instead to remember we can disagree without hatred, and to recognize the existence of the 24-hour news networks makes solving our problems “that much harder”.

As a Stewart/Colbert fan, I wasn’t 1000% sure what I was supposed to be walking away from this rally with going in, but I knew going out. And it was a message that, regardless of your political leanings, you could stand behind. The 24/7 News Networks – particularly FOX News – has elevated our political rhetoric to a state of fear and panic. They change rational Americans into scared children, afraid of our differences and even our similarities. Rational discussion is thrown to the wayside — and yet these are the people determining our political stands, the way we look at the world through the lens of the mass media. This was a call for reason, for sanity – for “taking it down a notch for America.”

Will this impact the election? Who really knows for sure? I would imagine most there or watching live agreed with Stewart in the first place, but perhaps that message has seeped through to the masses through coverage of the event. We can only hope. The fact that the numbers are pouring in with concrete evidence that Stewart/Colbert’s Rally had over twice as many people as Glenn Beck’s rally is only a great sign for those of us fed up with the rhetoric and message he and his cable news counterparts promote.

Stewart’s “Moment of Sincerity”:

Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear
Jon Stewart – Moment of Sincerity
Rally to Restore Sainty and/or Fear The Daily Show The Colbert Report

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AU Alumni, feminist, master of peanut butter brownies. Lover of Teddy Roosevelt, politics, analyzing popular culture, and general nerdery.

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