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What does it say about conditions in America if comedians are organizing a rally to restore sanity on the Washington Mall?

Asked by Ivy (2482points) October 7th, 2010

“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.”

Is it time to change the gene pool we pick our politicians and ‘news’ anchors from?

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MeinTeil's avatar

That the American public is becoming a bunch of children concerned with rhyme over reason quips instead of reality.

TexasDude's avatar

It’s just the usual politics.

Conservatives (or liberals) do something to establish their dominance,

The other side retaliates.

Conservative backlash.

Liberal counter-attack.

So on and so forth ad infinitum

This is how American history has consistently played itself out: an ongoing pissing match between self-described liberals and self-described conservatives who are just as convinced as the other guy that they have a monopoly on truth and virtue.

Ivy's avatar

Hmm. My reason for asking was that this isn’t politics, it’s comedians and everyday Americans. To my historical knowledge, there is nothing usual about comedians uniting people to demand sanity in politics. And .. it’s funny. Has everyone lost their sense of humor?

iamthemob's avatar

That maybe, just maybe, we’re starting to come to our senses.

Hawaii_Jake's avatar

It’s election time, and the circus is in town! I vote for Bozo.

Ron_C's avatar

Maybe that’s what we need. One party is cowered by corporate cash and promises of lucrative jobs in the future and the other party is trying to claw its way back into bower by vetoing all legislation, even legislation they propose. I propose that we put the comedians in congress and kick congress to the curb.

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

Anyone is free to organize. Let ‘em, I say, but to me it doesn’t say anything specific about America.

SundayKittens's avatar

Art and humor are alive and well.

Nullo's avatar

“Restore sanity”? You imply, then, that large chunks of the populace is crazy. I don’t see that.

Ron_C's avatar

@Nullo “You imply, then, that large chunks of the populace is crazy. I don’t see that.” Amazing! Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Almost half of the voters in the U.S. are considering bringing back the conservative forces back into government. They have had more than 30 years and almost an infinite number of chances to improve out country. Instead they have looted the stock market, shipped production out of the country, and rewarded dishonesty and laziness while punishing those that would expose their excesses. That’s Sanity?

Ivy's avatar

@Nullo The implication is that it’s insane to bail-out banks and corporations while chunks of the populace lose their jobs and homes. The implication is it’s time to restore sanity to politics and news programs designed to make people forget that the emperor has no clothes. (In addition to what Ron_C just wrote.)

CyanoticWasp's avatar

I have long thought that we’d probably have a better government if we simply drafted people for two-year, four-year and six-year hitches in Congress (and the Oval Office) and forget about elections entirely.

Drafting from the subset of professional comedians would be perfectly acceptable. After all, they’re mostly literate and employed, which puts them in the “elite”.

Ron_C's avatar

@CyanoticWasp “I have long thought that we’d probably have a better government if we simply drafted people for two-year” Hey! you stole my idea.

zophu's avatar

I don’t know. Seems like comedy would be the spark that starts revolution. Elegant satire is what truly destroys a bad idea. I’m not sure this is necessarily that new of a thing, I mean. It’s just a new expression of it.

cazzie's avatar

I’d say it’s healthy…that freedom of speech is alive and well and humour and reason should be voiced as much as mindless rhetoric.

FutureMemory's avatar

It says that the good guys haven’t given up yet.

mattbrowne's avatar

Restoring sanity is key. The ultra-conservative movement in the US is a truly scary and dangerous thing. Many Europeans are deeply worried. It’s time for sane Americans, liberals and conservatives alike to put a stop to this. But this can only happen if all Americans are made aware of the problem. Usual events do get people’s attention. I admire the comedians’ approach. Very clever and innovative.

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