Oct. 30th, 2010

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So, the rally's over- what are people's thoughts?

I have to say, after all is said and done... I'm disappointed. Whatever message there was supposed to be, the point seemed to be, quite frankly, "both sides are bad, everybody is blowing everything out of proportion, so be more apathetic". Calling out Rush Limbaugh a racist for singing "Barack the Magic Negro" is as bad as calling President Obama socialist marxist. And I can't say I agree with that.

There were good points to the Rally, but... with that end push of false equivalency and "both sides are bad", I got left with a bitter taste in my mouth. Yes, lets tone down the rhetoric, lets try and work together, but... don't tell me I have to "sit down and shut up" when someone is bigoted or racist.

Now I know there are some who would argue that's not what Jon or Stephen were going for, but I then have to ask- if that was the case, do you really think both sides are equally bad, as they were portrayed?

EDIT: Here's a transcript of Jon's ending speech. It doesn't contain the 'debate', however: http://www.examiner.com/celebrity-in-national/rally-to-restore-sanity-jon-stewart-s-closing-speech-full-text

"The worst sin toward our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them: that's the essence of inhumanity." -George Bernard Shaw

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