The John Stewart / Comedy Central Rally For Nothing In Particular describes itself as dedicated to the idea that citizens should avoid loud activism and be nice and quiet instead:
“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.”
So, if citizens raising loud voices in protest against unjust government policies aren’t favored by the Rally To Restore Sanity and/or Fear, then who is favored? Who does Comedy Central, and its corporate owner, Viacom, think should be listened to more?
The presence of one political actor on the stage gives us a clue. That political actor is Sam Waterston, who has spent years promoting Wall Street investment firms. Waterston was also the spokesman for Unity08, an organization run by lobbyists, public relations professionals, and insider political consultants in an attempt to take over the American political system.
So, what’s the message we’re supposed to get from seeing Sam Waterston on the stage at this corporate-produced rally – that John Stewart and his employer, Viacom, want citizens to lower their voices so that Wall Street, lobbyists and political insiders can be heard without so much trouble?