Rally to Restore Sanity / March to Keep Fear Alive in Washington D.C.

  • October 29, 2010 · 11:15 PM
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In the News:
New York Times Op Ed: Humor to Restore Sanity

Boston Globe Op Ed: Funny Won't Cut the Hate

New York Times Room for Debate: When Does a Fake Rally Turn Real?"


What is it?
I really don't know. Is it entertainment or politics? They seem bizarrely interchangeable nowadays. But I'm gonna check it out, thanks to a non-stop, luxury bus leaving from North Station at 1:30am on 10/30 and returning at 1:30am on 10/31. The cost of the bus is $110, and the rally is free. There will be time before and after the rally to visit the free museums (which are right there). Anyone want to come with?

From the official Rally to Restore Sanity website:
“I’m mad as hell, and I’m not going to take it anymore!”

Who among us has not wanted to open their window and shout that at the top of their lungs?

Seriously, who?

Because we’re looking for those people. 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.

Are you one of those people? Excellent. Then we’d like you to join us in Washington, DC on October 30 — a date of no significance whatsoever — at the Daily Show’s “Rally to Restore Sanity.”

Ours is a rally for the people who’ve been too busy to go to rallies, who actually have lives and families and jobs (or are looking for jobs) — not so much the Silent Majority as the Busy Majority. If we had to sum up the political view of our participants in a single sentence… we couldn’t. That’s sort of the point. For more information, visit hereor here.

Also, NPR has a really interesting interview with Jon Stewart here.

Transportation to Washington D.C.:
* Private, luxury charter buses, equipped DVD, PA system, water, and a restroom.
* Round trip tickets
* Non-stop; No transfers
* Drop off at Union Station around 9am
* Pick up at Union Station, leaving at 6pm
* Cost: $110
* Bus website / ticket purchase

Send me an email if you have questions. :)

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  • KS

    Things to bring: lawn chair, sunscreen, sunglasses, water bottle, ear plugs, travel pillow/blanket, ipod, meds, toothbrush/toothpaste, deo, camera, sign. anything else?

    FYI, DC is supposed to be sunny and about 60 tomorrow.

    October 29, 2010

  • KS

    Looks like there will be 4-5 buses from Boston. Currently, 179 people have purchased seats. Space is still available, but might not be soon. Also, the buses will be leaving Washington a little bit later, so that we can spend more time in DC and get back to Boston at a slightly saner hour on Sunday morning. :)

    Does anyone who's going want to share a ride to downtown and parking expenses? I'm near Brookline, JP, West Roxbury, Roslindale. Thanks!

    October 28, 2010

  • KS

    The meetup time has changed, per an update from the bus people. They ask that we arrive 45 minues before departure. The buses will be leaving at 12:15am on 10/30. Bring your paypal receipt - which is your ticket.

    October 22, 2010

  • Jorge

    Awesome idea!

    October 15, 2010

  • Steve Gluck § (.

    Hi Kristen. Interesting that both the quote - I’m mad as hell, and I’m not going to take it anymore! - as well as the photo that accompanies the Mother Jones article, are from the film Network, with Peter Finch as The Mad Prophet of the Airwaves. I recommend it highly. Watch The Mad Prophet on YouTube - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=...­

    October 15, 2010

  • KS

    Is it entertainment (a stunt) or politics? I don't know. Rush Limbaugh is entertainment, but he has also had an unquestionable impact on politics. To quote the following Mother Jones article, "Politics is show business for ugly people". http://motherjones.com/kevin-dr...­ If only 5,000 go, it will definitely be entertainment. But if a million people go, perhaps it becomes politics?

    There's an interesting article

    October 15, 2010

  • Steve Gluck § (.

    I watch Jon Stewart every night - but not because he's a force for sanity. This is a publicity event (stunt). Period. Have fun ... but maybe a post-rally MeetUp to discuss it wouldn't be entirely out of order.

    October 15, 2010

  • Jeanne L.

    Glad you're going, Kristen. Alas, my bus-riding days have been over since the 70s. I think it was the trip to Chicago for an anti-war conference. It was so awful (the bus ride) that I started smoking again on the ride home.

    October 13, 2010

  • KS

    There will be a local rally on the Boston Common. Not sure what that will be, but you can find more information here: http://www.meetup.com/rally4san...­

    October 13, 2010

  • KS

    Yes. The bus leaves Boston at 1:30am, so that we can arrive in Washington at 9am.

    October 13, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is the meetup really at 1AM?

    October 13, 2010

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