Jon Stewart – Speech At The Rally For Sanity
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[Jon Stewart (born Jonathan Stuart Leibowitz; November 28, 1962)]
So. Here we are.
We had some really incredible music performances here today. I hope you enjoyed them. Weâ€™ve had what some would classify as comedy as well. But now I thought we might have a moment, however brief, for some sincerity; if thatâ€™s ok, I know there are boundaries for a comedian pundit talker guy, and Iâ€™m sure Iâ€™ll find out tomorrow how I have violated them.
Iâ€™m really happy you guys are here. Even if none of us are really quite sure why we are here. Some of you may have seen today as an clarion call for action. Or some of the hipper more ironic cats as a â€œclarion call for action.â€ Clearly some of you wanted to see the Air and Space Museum and got royally screwed. And Iâ€™m sure a lot of you are just here to have a nice time, and I hope you did. Source: LYBIO.net
I know many of you made a great deal of effort to be here today, and I want you to know that everyone involved with this project worked incredibly hard to make sure the we honored the effort that you put in, and gave you the best show that we could possibly do. We know your timeâ€™s valuable, and we didnâ€™t want to waste it. And we are all extremely honored to have had a chance to perform on this beautiful space, on the mall in Washington D.C.
So uhhh, what exactly was this? Source: LYBIO.net
I canâ€™t control what people think this was. I can only tell you my intentions.
This was not a Rally to ridicule people of faith, or people of activism, or to look down our noses at the heartland, or passionate argument; or to suggest that times are not difficult, and that we have nothing to fear-they are and we do! But we live now in hard times, not end times. And we can have animus and not be enemies. But unfortunately, one of our main tools in delineating the twoâ€¦broke.
The countryâ€™s 24-hour politico pundit perpetual panic conflictinator did not cause our problems; but its existence makes solving them that much harder. The press can hold its magnifying glass up to our problems, bringing them into focus, illuminating issues here to for unseen. Or they can use that magnifying glass to light ants on fire, and then, perhaps, host a week of shows on the sudden unexpected dangerous flaming ant epidemic. If we amplify everything, we hear nothing.
There are terrorists, and racists, and Stalinists, and theocrats-but those are titles that must be earned; you must have the resume. Not being able to distinguish between real racists, and tea partiers; or real bigots and Juan Williams or Rick Sanchez is an insult! Not only to those people, but to the racists themselves who have put in the exhausting effort it takes to hate. Just as the inability to distinguish terrorists from Muslims makes us less safe, not more.
The press is our immune system, if it overreacts to everything, we actually get sicker, and perhaps eczema.
And yet with that being said, I feel good; strangely calmly good. Because the image of Americans that is reflected back to us by our political and media process is false. It is us through a fun house mirror. And not the good kind that makes you look slim in the waist and maybe taller. But the kind where you have a giant forehead, and an ass shaped like a month old pumpkin, and one eye ball.
So why would we work together. Why would you reach across the aisle to a pumpkin-assed forehead eyeball monster? If the picture of us were true, of course our inability to solve problems would actually be quite sane and reasonable. Why would you work with Marxists actively subverting our Constitution? Or racists and homophobes who see no one elseâ€™s humanity but their own? Source: LYBIO.net
We hear every damn day about how fragile our country is, on the brink of catastrophe, torn by polarizing hate, and how its a shame how we canâ€™t work together to get things done.
But the truth is, we do. We work together to get things done every damn day! The only place we donâ€™t is here [the capital building], or on cable TV. But Americans donâ€™t live here [the capital building] or on cable TV. Where we live our values and principles form the foundation that sustains us while we get things done. Not the barriers that prevent us from getting things done. Most Americans donâ€™t live their lives solely as democrats, republicans, liberals, or conservatives. Americans live their lives more as people that are just a little bit late for something they have to do. Often something they do not want to do, but they do it. Impossible things everyday that are only made possible through the little reasonable compromises we all make.
Look on the screen, this is where we are, this is who we are, these cars. Thatâ€™s a school teacher that probably thinks his taxes are too high, heâ€™s going to work. Thereâ€™s another car, a woman with two small kids, really canâ€™t think about anything else right now. Thereâ€™s another car, swinging, I donâ€™t even know if you can see it. The ladyâ€™s in the NRA and loves Oprah. Thereâ€™s another car, an investment banker, gay, also likes Oprah. Another car is a Latino carpenter, another car, a fundamentalist vacuum salesman, atheist obstretician, Mormon Jay Z fan. But this is us! Every one of the cars that you see is filled with individuals of strong belief and principles they hold dear. Often principles and beliefs in direct opposition to their fellow travelers. And yet these millions of cars somehow find a way to squeeze one-by-one into a mile-long, 30-foot wide tunnel carved underneath a mighty river. Carved by people, by the way, who Iâ€™m sure had their differences.
And they do it. Concession by concession; you go, then Iâ€™ll go, you go, then Iâ€™ll go, you go, then Iâ€™ll go. Oh my god! Is that an NRA sticker on your car!? Is that an Obama sticker on your car!? Ah-well, thatâ€™s okay, you go, then Iâ€™ll go. And sure, at some point there will be a selfish jerk who zips up the shoulder and cuts in at the last minute, but that individual is rare, and he is scorned, and not hired as an analyst. Because we know, instinctively as a people, that if we are to get through the darkness, and back into the light, we have to work together. And the truth is, there will always be darkness, and sometimes the light at the end of a tunnel isnâ€™t the promise land; sometimes its just New Jersey. But we do it anyway-together. Source: LYBIO.net
If you want to know why Iâ€™m here, and what I want from you, I can only assure you this. You have already given it to me; your presence was what I wanted. Sanity will always be, and has always been, in the eye of the beholder. And to see you here today, and the kind of people that you are, has restored mine.
Jon Stewart – Speech At The Rally For Sanity. We hear every damn day about how fragile our country is, on the brink of catastrophe, torn by polarizing hate, and how its a shame how we canâ€™t work together to get things done. But the truth is, we do. We work together to get things done every damn day!Complete Full Script, Dialogue, Saying, Quotes, Words And Text By Jon Stewart – At The Rally For Sanity.