Good news—you don't have to go to the fetid swamp of awfulness that is the other Washington this weekend if you want to participate in Jon Stewart's Rally to Restore Sanity. The Seattle edition kicks off at
9:30 a.m. 9 a.m. in Westlake Park.
KIRO's Dave Ross is emceeing the Seattle rally. The headliners are Congressman Jim McDermott, Secretary of State Sam Reed, and
a woman I have never heard of before called awesome immigration advocate Pramila Jayapal. A bunch of comedians will be on hand, too.
Here's how they are tagging the rally:
To quote Jon Stewart, 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.
Ah yes, so instead we will make a mockery of things. Rather than actually do anything substantive, we will sit smugly at home (except for the one day a decade when we have an ironic rally!) and laugh at the latest antics of the poor dumbfuck-rubes in Red-State-of-the-Day. Rather than actually read a newspaper or a blog, we will let someone else filter the news for us and then suck our own dicks over how engaged we are as an audience and how good it is that people like us care about the news. Rather than actually care, we will shield ourselves behind a wall of jaded nihilism.
The Daily Show's whole "We're getting people who wouldn't care about the news to care about the news thing" is bullshit on speed. Aww, poor little baby, you can't be bothered to read a newspaper unless Jon Stewart makes a joke of it for you? Do you want a fucking pacifier with your snarky news filter show?
On second thought, maybe this Stewart situation isn't such a bad thing. If you like him, and are one of those people who sits at home giggling at the collapse of our culture on every other day of the year except tomorrow, chances are I don't want you civically engaged anyway, since that would probably involve you voting to
steal more from me raise my taxes or demanding that we institute a cartel create some new license. Jon Stewart will not be welcome in my market anarchist commune.
Have fun in Westlake Park. I will be doing something at home. Maybe it's time to read that anarchist zine I got last weekend. That's change!