We've reached the end of the first week of November, and one of the best things about this time is: The Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear is over, and now the subset of those who were commenting on that can stop talking about it. As with the election, we may have a bit more time putting up with some post-game stuff, but soon any interest as a general topic will expire.
The election was politics. The rally was not (as I mentioned it would not be a month ago). Jon Stewart stated that emphatically many, many times. However, those who were so fascinated by the rally clearly could not accept that, presumably because they need to project on to it what they wanted it to be—namely, a rally for their agenda. I'm not so oblivious that I don't grasp that the somewhat amorphous mission statement of the rally allows those who seek a more definitive message to impose their more definitive message on to it (in their minds).
"But it was on the National Mall," they argue. That's them imposing their ideas about what that means on the event again. There's no law that mandates that events held there must be political. It's merely what they wanted it to be.
And when I hear that, as a big fan of the shows that put it on, I must admit: The only action to which I find myself inspired is wanting to punch these people in the face. And that's not reasonable, I know.
For those who are disappointed that Jon Stewart is not leading some kind of movement against the likes of the Tea Party and thought the Rally to Restore Sanity was not geared to inspire political action, here's a simple suggestion: Organize your own rally where you turn it into whatever you want it to be. Start your own movement.
And shut the f*ck up about what Jon Stewart isn't doing.