District of Corruption
Ever since Glenn Beck turned out hundreds of thousands of supporters at the “Restoring Honor” rally on the National Mall, the progressive nutroots have been campaigning on sites like Reddit to persuade Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert to hold their own rally in Washington. It looks like they will finally get their wish.
On October 30 the Comedy Central tag team will be holding two rallies (or one, it isn’t clear) at the Washington Monument. Stewart’s “Rally to Restore Sanity” will be met by Colbert’s “March to Keep Fear Alive.” Progressives will get their chance to mock the White Americans who showed up with Beck and Palin at the Lincoln Memorial in August.
The Stewart and Colbert events, which are effectively Blue America’s response to “Restoring Honor,” will stereotype Red America as loud, irrational, insane, afraid of change, and driven by absurd conspiracy theories. “Restoring Sanity” will reflect every aspect of the bigotry and contempt that urban progressives have toward rural conservatives.
Hopefully, the event will draw a large crowd with incendiary political signs ridiculing the Tea Party and Red America, which their sympathizers in the media will televise and discuss favorably. The attacks on Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin will work to their advantage. It will raise their stature in the eyes of their audience and further galvanize conservatives to punish the political class in November.
A key Saul Alinsky insight is that it is the job of the organizer to provoke his opposition into overreacting. The polarization that ensues does the job of the organizer by radicalizing his supporters and increasing their identification with their leadership. This is what gives the organizer the power and authority to move his community in his chosen direction.
The “Rally to Restore Sanity” and “March to Keep Fear Alive” will widen the gap between Red America and Blue America. It will increase the polarization between the American Heartland and the American political class. The further erosion in the legitimacy of the establishment will work to our advantage.
Success to Stewart and Colbert! Thank you Reddit for making our job easier!