Stewart And Colbert To March On Washington With Facebook Fans

The Daily Show is using Facebook to organize a “Rally to Restore Sanity” in Washington DC on October 30.

“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.

Watch Jon’s call-to-reasonableness on The Daily Show.

Keep checking back for updates and rally information.”

So far over 41,000 have said they are attending the event on Facebook, though many of the people who have RSVP-ed say on the wall that they will there “in spirit” only. A further 21,000 have responded with a ‘maybe’.

Meanwhile, Stewart’s Comedy Central colleague Stephen Colbert is organizing a “March to Keep Fear Alive” on the same date.

“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!

Watch Stephen give the marching orders on The Colbert Report.

Keep checking back for updates and rally information.”

The March to Keep Fear Alive Facebook page has nearly 2,600 likes, though unlike the Stewart rally it is not set up as an event. I suspect that the two events will probably merge, since it seems that Colbert’s rally is a parody that really has the same goals as Stewart’s.

I would be tempted to go if I lived anywhere near Washington DC – but I won’t fly all the way from the West Coast especially. With all the attention and hype about “tea party” rallies, it’s great to see something that is promoting “reasonableness” and “sanity”. Good luck to Stewart and Colbert, both!