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Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear

On Saturday comedian pundits John Stewart and Stephen Colbert held a rally on the national mall. The Huffington Post reported over 215,000 were in attendance. The rally was not a mere joke however, Stewart made several meaningful speeches urging for the use of reason and rationality in politics. He also talked of how the 24/7 news media has helped exacerbate the political woes of the nation.

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Many of the protest signs were merely silly, poking fun at more serious protest movements.

Many of the protest signs were merely silly, poking fun at more serious protest movements.1Picture by Colin WiencekThe Metro system was to capacity on Saturday, both before and after the rally. Though the initial estimates for the rally were 100,000 the Metro service decided to continue running six car trains instead of eight car trains. More than 200,000 people attended the rally. 2Picture by Colin WiencekThe rally urged followers to vote rationally and not vote for candidates simply because the media focuses on them. 3Picture by Colin WiencekMythbuster Adam Savage provides entertainment the attendees of the Rally to Restore Sanity on Saturday. Among other things he spoke of the need for sanity.4Picture by Colin WiencekA giant puppet, made in the likeness of Stephen Colbert, dances across the stage, attempting to cause the audience fear. 5Picture by Colin WiencekA picket sign both satires the Tea Party and asks for a more reasonable political culture.6Picture by Colin WiencekNot only was the rally celebrating sanity, but Stephen Colbert urged the continuation of a culture of fear. Colbert's supporters carried ironic signs that spoke of fear.7Picture by Colin WiencekThe theme of the rally was to calm the 24/7 news media culture down and focus on actual fact rather than just punditry. 8Picture by Colin WiencekI came in peace, I'd rather not come apart and leave in pieces.9Picture by Colin WiencekLegitimate political organizations, not just the satirical, used the rally as a way to build awareness for their cause.10Picture by Colin WiencekMany supporters in the crowd wore politically conscious tee shirts that supported a wide range of liberal causes. 11Picture by Colin WiencekMany signs referenced Hitler, poking gentle fun at the political protests of both parties that liken their opponents to the leader of Nazi Germany.12Picture by Colin WiencekA satirical protest sign reads: "Drill baby drill, while following reasonable environmental regulations and investing in alternative energy," showing the centrist political ideology of the rally. 13Picture by Colin WiencekA central theme of the rally was focusing on real discussion of issues opposed to the dirty, name calling politics currently being practiced in many political races around the country.14Picture by Colin Wiencek

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  • bb on November 6, 2010 at 11:25 PM
    the quality of this picture isn't that good.....it's hard to see anything....
  • asdf on November 6, 2010 at 11:36 PM
    Jon Stewart is not a political leader, nor a pundit. He is a man who likes to make fun of others.
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