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More Like Insanity: Another Perspective

More Like Insanity

By Fatemah Meghji

Earlier this year, I stood for hours in the rain on the streets of New York to attend a filming of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. And I had a good time- I honestly enjoy it when Jon rips apart Fox News, CNN, and the joke of a media that exists. I also had the opportunity to ask Jon a question, and so, I asked him if his political commentary had a point in the larger scheme of things as he exposed the hypocrisies of the media and in a way, brought the reality of some situations to the forefront (for example, his clip on Operation Cast Lead). His response was that he was not trying to pursue any agenda or even portray the real news, that it was just humor meant to expose every absurdity, and that if the Daily Show took a stance, they would become the very demagogues they seek to mock. In fact, he said, “There is no point. That’s the point.” I was slightly disappointed in his response, but thought to myself that if he did have a point in what he did, he wasn’t going to tell the whole world about it- that would defeat the purpose if his agenda was noble in any way.

After this weekend though, I have to say that I honestly believe that you meant what you said, Jon, and I apologize for doubting you. And I’m positive that there is no point meant in your comedy nor do you intend to inspire anybody to stand up for real change in a disintegrating society. At the so-called Rally to Restore Sanity, attended by hundreds of thousands of people, you proved that the rally (if it can even be called a rally since rallies usually have a point) should have been called the Rally to Restore Ignorance and Apathy.
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10 2010

Rally for Sanity: My Perspective

As soon as Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert announced their rallies in D.C., my sister and I knew we had to get here. I’ve always been a big fan of their shows, mostly because they make me laugh on a daily basis, and everyone can use a laugh after a long day.

We decided to take a road trip from Chicago and set out on the 12-hour drive on Friday. It was an amazing day for a drive, and we felt a real camaraderie with all the other travelers we saw on the road with “Rally to Restore Sanity” or “March to Keep Fear Alive” posters on their cars. We honked at people with slogans on their windshields, and they were always excited to get a reaction from strangers on the road. We didn’t know what to expect from the event itself, but we knew that whatever happened, it would be a fun experience.

My sister, my cousin and I set out on Saturday morning from Arlington, Va. to catch the Metro into D.C., but we soon realized that wouldn’t be an easy task. The line snaked up the escalator with people waiting to purchase tickets. We quickly switched game plans and asked my cousin’s husband to drive us as far as he could without getting stuck in traffic. It was a pleasant surprise to see that there was absolutely no traffic in town because everyone decided to use public transport. Read the rest of this entry →

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30

10 2010

Glenn Beck Rally

As I walked, I looked for different faces—for faces that stood out, that embodied the dream of a diverse and inclusive America.

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It was nothing more than morbid curiosity that drew us to Glenn Beck’s “Restoring Honor to America” rally last week.

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It was a bright, sunny day in the nation’s capital. It was hot. I wasn’t expecting much of a crowd, but I was wrong; the National Mall was packed. I’ve been on the Mall for many rallies and events –and this was one of the largest I’ve seen.

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We had already missed Sarah Palin’s speech.

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But decided to work our way through the crowd to a) see if it was really as packed as it seemed and b) to get closer to the stage “two flights down” from where MLK made his historic speech.

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Most rallies I’ve been to and/or organized have been packed with the young, the idealistic. This was a different demographic – older, with more responsibility and more anger, more distrust.

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The signs were also not as original or as creative as I’ve come to expect from rallies. There were a lot of “ChristenNationNow.com” shirts. Lots of “Honor, Faith, Charity” shirts that had George Washington’s face on them. Lot’s of mocks of Benjamin Franklin’s famous “Join or Die” political cartoon.

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09 2010