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    The Rally To Restore Sanity,Oct 30 2010

    Jon Stewart put this together-it is occuring on the Mall in DC the weekend before elections.

    ***mods, please do not take this to the PP-I am hoping this is worth a little public debate. ***

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    Here's how Stewart described it on "The Daily Show": "We live in troubled times, with real people who have real problems. ... Problems that have real but imperfect solutions, that I believe 70 to 80 percent of our population could agree to try, and ultimately live with. Unfortunately, the conversation and the process is controlled by the other 15 to 20 percent.

    You may know them as the people who believe that Obama is a secret Muslim planning a socialist takeover of America ... or that George Bush let 9/11 happen to help pad Dick Cheney's Halliburton stock portfolio. You've seen their signs: 'Obama is Hitler'; 'Bush is Hitler'... But why don't we hear from the 70 to 80 percenters? Well, most likely because you have ***** to do."

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    This is my personal favorite of the suggested signs:
    -- "9/11 was an outside job"

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    I am in that 70-80%-I am not too busy to vote or make informed choices, but seeing as how we are all in free fall at this moment, it is hard to get energized. I remember seeing a town hall recently where a woman was telling Pres Obama that she is tired of defending him.

    Politics has become more bloody and brutal than I ever remember it being-say what you will about men like Ted Kennedy, at least he was a consensus builder. But who can try and take on a roll like that when the Congress and Senate are holding each other and all of us hostage...my way or the highway.

    think about it, folks. Just think about what would happen if the moderates take back the streets...
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    The location has been revealed:
    (RollingStone.com) -- Jon Stewart has revealed the location of his Rally to Restore Sanity (and Stephen Colbert's March to Keep Fear Alive): The east end of Washington D.C.'s National Mall, between 3rd and 7th Streets.

    All might recognize this location when you see it-it has hosted several presidential inaugurations as well as Martin Luther King Jr's I have a DREAM speech.

    http://www.cnn.com/2010/SHOWBIZ/cele...ex.html?hpt=T2

    Locals, report back if you attend, please???
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    Redonkuslous. They should just stick to comedy. They are trying to make fun of Beck's Rally. The average conservative Tea Party person is not a crazy racist no matter how many times they keep telling the lie.
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    Ziggy, I respectfully disagree that they're making fun of Beck. I'm a die-hard lefty, and one of the things I appreciated about Stewart's announcement re: the rally...he included ridiculous lefties in his examples of how things are too extreme. I don't particularly like G.W., but I don't think that he is comparable to Hitler. I can't stand the man, but rhetoric like that is useless and, more than useless, it's damaging to our society. I'm as annoyed at that as I am by people who claim Obama is a secret Muslim. Hence my favorite suggested sign: "I disagree with you...but I'm pretty sure you're not Hitler."

    The tone of political debate in this country is terrible. It seems reduced down to slogans and soundbites, with no real substantive discourse. When I was in law school, my very best friend in school was a guy who was my total political and social opposite. We were notorious for getting into lengthy and spirited debates, both in an out of class (when I first met his wife, her first comment was, "Oh, you're the person who's been picketing my husband!"). While we often ended up (respectfully) agreeing to disagree, there were times where we changed each others minds. I wish this were more common. It's not the fault of one side or another, it's not just the Tea Party or PETA, it's gone systemic.

    I wish I could make it to D.C. that weekend, but I can't. I hope some good comes of it. I hope for real, honest, deep, and meaningful debate, not just shouting of slogans. A girl can wish, can't she?

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    They are going to air the rallies on Comedy Central.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RLynne View Post
    Ziggy, I respectfully disagree that they're making fun of Beck. I'm a die-hard lefty, and one of the things I appreciated about Stewart's announcement re: the rally...he included ridiculous lefties in his examples of how things are too extreme. I don't particularly like G.W., but I don't think that he is comparable to Hitler. I can't stand the man, but rhetoric like that is useless and, more than useless, it's damaging to our society. I'm as annoyed at that as I am by people who claim Obama is a secret Muslim. Hence my favorite suggested sign: "I disagree with you...but I'm pretty sure you're not Hitler."

    The tone of political debate in this country is terrible. It seems reduced down to slogans and soundbites, with no real substantive discourse. When I was in law school, my very best friend in school was a guy who was my total political and social opposite. We were notorious for getting into lengthy and spirited debates, both in an out of class (when I first met his wife, her first comment was, "Oh, you're the person who's been picketing my husband!"). While we often ended up (respectfully) agreeing to disagree, there were times where we changed each others minds. I wish this were more common. It's not the fault of one side or another, it's not just the Tea Party or PETA, it's gone systemic.

    I wish I could make it to D.C. that weekend, but I can't. I hope some good comes of it. I hope for real, honest, deep, and meaningful debate, not just shouting of slogans. A girl can wish, can't she?


    Great post.
    The shrill hysteria that is going on in political circles is very frightening.
    No one is offering solutions, they are just name calling and pointing fingers.

    This is the craziest political season I have ever witnessed. Common sense has completely fallen by the wayside and fear mongering is ever present.

    It's coming from all sides and there seems to be no sane, stable voices out there.

    Scary times indeed/

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    This is a comedy rally... these people are comedians on COMEDY CENTRAL... but guess what: news outlets are not allowing their people to take part because they have rules against political partiality (yes, if you work for places like the Washington Post, NPR, New York Times, during your off work hours you are not allowed to take part in political stuff). But here is the kicker... THIS ISN'T A POLITICAL RALLY...


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    Rally

    Regardless of the fact that they are comedians, I think they hit the nail on the head. I'm so tired of both sides I could scream. I wish I could go to this, but as they say, I have "stuff to do."

    Both sides are so busy playing politics that they don't get anything done! There is no consensus; Heck, there's not even the attempt at it. It's all about the next election and getting re-elected.

    There is no respect for the other side's position. There is no discussion of the issues --no finding out what their middle ground is. Life is not black and white --politics shouldn't be either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by palmerk View Post
    Regardless of the fact that they are comedians, I think they hit the nail on the head. I'm so tired of both sides I could scream. I wish I could go to this, but as they say, I have "stuff to do."

    Both sides are so busy playing politics that they don't get anything done! There is no consensus; Heck, there's not even the attempt at it. It's all about the next election and getting re-elected.

    There is no respect for the other side's position. There is no discussion of the issues --no finding out what their middle ground is. Life is not black and white --politics shouldn't be either.

    They are also more interested in getting re-elected and party wins that they could care two poops about "the people" they are supposed to represent.

    And if they are comedians and they are making fun of somebody, well, that's what comedians do.


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    I would go if I didn't have a prior commitment.

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    Well, my whole deal in mentioning what I did: if you work for the Post or NPR or the Times, you can't go... even though it really isn't political.

    I might go...

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    I'm going to try to go. I am having surgery next week, so we'll see how I feel.

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    I'll be there for sure...hotel is already booked =)
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    I feel this will be one laughing good time for all attendees.

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