Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert recently announced their plans to hold a “Rally to Restore Sanity” in Washington D.C. on Oct. 30. I applaud Stewart’s rejection of extremism from either the far left or far right, and I hope his message to “take it down a notch” will resonate in American politics.
You may wish to dismiss Stewart and Colbert as mere comedians, but humor and satire can have a powerful influence on political thought. From Aristophanes to Jonathan Swift to Mark Twain to Mike Royko, satirists can present issues in a new light and encourage critical thinking.
I encourage you to attend the Rally to Restore Sanity if you are able, but above all I hope we can all remember that people can disagree wirhout being enemies.