Recently I read that when Søren Kierkegaard had no other way to attack G.W.F. Hegal he resorted to what he knew best–sarcasm. I know many think sarcasm is cheap and it can be at times. Nevertheless, there are times when sarcasm may be the only form of communication that will work.
I have seen TV commentators, news paper journalist, bloggers, and a host of others get red in the face over the insanity we have seen as of late. I think we may be wasting our time. Sometime fighting with force isn’t the best method.
We cannot dialog with the crazy people who have come to follow their cult leader, Glenn Beck. We cannot yell louder so they will shut up. There seems to be a lot of thinks that we cannot do. We can laugh at them though!
Stewart’s Rally to Restore Sanity is described like this:
“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?
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.
Colbert’s March to Keep Fear Alive is described like this:
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!
I won’t be going to D.C. but I sure can’t wait to see video! The Tea Party can yell loud just like Democrats and Republicans. Sometimes we just need to laugh at it all.
If that doesn’t work we can take the advice of Rachel Held Evan’s mother (see here) who said this is just another fad that will pass away like others have so let’s just ignore it!