Rally to Restore Truthiness

Published: September 29, 2010

By Jim Lichtman
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Mark that date in your iPhone calendar, people. Yes, right now!

On October 30, 2010 an event of biblical proportions will…change… history! (No, not that Event, that’s on NBC.) I’m talking about an event that’s bigger than Lincoln, yes; bigger than Jefferson, yes; even bigger than Washington, himself!

Throughout history, America has witnessed many great Americans coming together in solidarity to support American virtues, important issues of the day.  The Million Man March, Civil Rights and that rally where Forest Gump finds Jenny.  Remember those kinds of important rallies.  Well… this ain’t one of them.

I’m talking about the Rally to Restore Fear… wait… the March to Keep Sanity… No. It’s the Rally to Restore Sanity vs. theMarch to Keep Fear Allliiiiiveee!  It’s two, two rallies in one on the National Mall.

Two of the greatest talking heads in the history of political discourse; two men who have absolutely no political background what-so-ever, who think the Washington Mall is a regional version of the Mall of America; stalwart Jon Stewart and his evil twin Stephen Colbert will converge in a battle of twits.

Billed as the Melee on the Mall.  That’s no good.  Duel in D.C.? Bloviate to Oblivion!

Against the perfect backdrop of peace and harmony these two will duke it out to see who will refudiate the most

But I digress.  Let the speakers speak for themselves.

Stewart: 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.

Colbert:  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.

Stewart:  Think of our event as Woodstock, but with the nudity and drugs replaced by respectful disagreement.

Colbert: 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.

Humor is a great release value for much of the gasbag rhetoric that can be overwhelming.  Political cartoons have been around almost as long as politicians. Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart are the Mark Twain and Will Rogers of their generation who, when things get tense, always enjoy puncturing our own pomposity.

Let us never forget – we have the freedom for life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness, and the freedom to laugh at ourselves.

“Because,” as Colbert reminds us, “to Restore Truthiness we must always… Shh!!! What’s that sound?! I think there’s someone behind you! Run!”

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