Let the Rally Wars Begin

 
Rally round the rallies boys, rally round the rallies. Shouting the battle cry of freedom.
What else can we say? Here’s the latest salvo in the battle of wits and
rally provocateurs (in their own words) from the left and right, Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert (see them here):

The Jon Stewart Show: “I’m mad as hell, and I’m not going to take it anymore!”

Who among us has not wanted to open their window and shout that at the top of their lungs?

Seriously, who?

Because we’re looking for those people. 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.

Are you one of those people? Excellent. Then we’d like you to join us
in Washington, DC on October 30 — a date of no significance whatsoever
– at the Daily Show’s “Rally to Restore Sanity.” Ours is a rally for
the people who’ve been too busy to go to rallies, who actually have
lives and families and jobs (or are looking for jobs) — not so much the
Silent Majority as the Busy Majority. If we had to sum up the political
view of our participants in a single sentence… we couldn’t. That’s
sort of the point.

Think of our event as Woodstock, but with the nudity and drugs replaced by respectful disagreement; the Million Man March,
only a lot smaller, and a bit less of a sausage fest; or the Gathering
of the Juggalos, but instead of throwing our feces at Tila Tequila,
we’ll be actively *not* throwing our feces at Tila Tequila. Join us in
the shadow of the Washington Monument. And bring your indoor voice. Or
don’t. If you’d rather stay home, go to work, or drive your kids to
soccer practice… Actually, please come anyway. Ask the sitter if she
can stay a few extra hours, just this once. We’ll make it worth your
while.

The Colbert Report: 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.

So join The Rev. Sir Dr. Stephen T. Colbert, D.F.A. on October 30th
for the “March to Keep Fear Alive”™ in Washington DC. Pack an overnight
bag with five extra sets of underwear — you’re going to need them.
Because, to Restore Truthiness we must always… Shh!!! What’s that
sound?! I think there’s someone behind you! Run!

 


About Steven Heller

Steven Heller is the co-chair of the SVA MFA Designer /Designer as Author + Entrepreneur program, writes a weekly column for The Atlantic online and is the "Visuals" Columnist for the New York Times Book Review. He is also the author of over 160 books on design and visual culture. And he is the 2011 recipient of the Smithsonian National Design Award.

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