OBEY: Rallies Have Always Been Used to Manipulate the Masses

Rallies Have Always Been Used to Manipulate the Masses

Rallies Have Always Been Used to Manipulate the Masses

I finally saw the 1988 movie “They Live” today and realized what Peter Chamberlin is saying with his blog title‘There Are No Sunglasses’. I also saw a little of the Stewart and Colbert sanity/fear rally and you don’t need the sunglasses to see through it.

The lefty counterpoint to the righty Glenn Beck hijacked Tea Party typesThe lefties may be a little more fun but no less propagandizing. It’s breaking us down into two groups that oppose each other as if that’s all there is.

But most of us don’t actually fit into this false duplicity. We’re the ones who don’t like Stewart and ObamaBeck and Palin. Using conventional terms we as individuals are a mix of conservative, liberal, moderate, radical or what ever you want to call it. Sort of ‘mongrels’ that don’t fit what the media wants us to be.

Here’s How We Handled Ourselves and Message at the Stewart/Colbert Rally

Burkas, Renditioneers and Feds

Burkas, Renditioneers and Feds

We dressed as renditioned prisoners in the standard fall gitmo orange and Afghan women in Burkas, all with signs stating, “We Didn’t Do It” and one Fed/Operative dressed appropriately with a sign stating, “I Did Do It – National Security Industrial Complex.”

We also paraded around the Mall event with our 9/11 Elephant, “Trudy,” with the banner draped over her back reading, “9/11 Truth – The Elephant in the Room.”

Overwhelmingly, the response was very positive as we posed for thousands of photos alongside one of the Smithsonian museums [side note: for whatever it is worth,  was accosted by one of the Smithsonian guards on the sidewalk who had seen one-too-many Night at the Museum franchises, keeping the public sidewalk a "no-walk" zone for some reason even though I had just walked up that same sidewalk moments prior, that the DC police just acquiesced to in that incident - the guard reminded me a lot of the TV junk yard magnate, Fred Sanford, with his over posturing and chest ramming].  We only had a few angry shills, yet lots of positive support amazingly enough right here within the District of Criminals.

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12 Responses to OBEY: Rallies Have Always Been Used to Manipulate the Masses

  1. Pinkelephantcollective November 4, 2010 at 2:35 pm #

    Thank you!
    Elephants for 9/11 unite!
    Please send us pictures!
    Cargocollective.com/pinkelephantcollective

  2. chinagreenelvis November 4, 2010 at 2:35 pm #

    If you invoke this rally in the same context as anything referencing a battle between left and right, you don’t understand its message. You don’t understand The Daily Show. You don’t understand Jon Stewart’s role as its host.

    Jon Stewart is by profession a humorist, and like all good comedians he is a satirist; an observer and a commentator. Regardless of his personal opinions, or the tallied and polled and often oversimplified proposed political leanings of certain percentages of a hypothetical and somewhat intangible Daily Show audience, the only way he can do that job effectively is to extoll certain virtues and principles that make sense given his role as the head anchor of a fake news show, by condemning, through mockery, the practices that violate those values; dishing out jokes on the “real” news media and all the entities it encompasses when they are found to be guilty of such behavior.

    If Stewart finds fault in a Libertarian politician, he’s going to hold that politician accountable as long as he thinks the joke is worth telling. The same goes for a Democrat. Or a Christian. Or a Scientologist. Or a guy in a chicken-suit that has little or nothing to do with politics. The bottom line is that if it’s in the news and someone out there is fucking the story up, Stewart is here to help us point a finger and laugh.

    I can’t blame him, after having scrutinized the news so closely for so long – four days a week for over ten years – for wanting to hold a mirror to the media Medusa in the hopes that it will see itself and improve how the news is delivered. This message has grown stronger and more direct and more critical, and has reached something of an apex in Jon’s Moment of Sincerity on the National Mall in front of a quarter of a million people, with the rest of the world, for at least ten good minutes, paying close attention. It has nothing to do with motivating voters or taking the country back or promoting an agenda, certainly not for any fictitiously homogeneous ideological wing, certainly not for any particular political party.

    The man is doing what he’s always done, only more pointedly, and that’s sticking it to the media monster that largely hinders our informed participation in the political process instead of serving to help it. If you don’t see that, if all you see are shades of red and blue, then you’ve already been swallowed up by the beast, and the best you can hope for is to stay one piece as you get shat out the other end.

  3. Pinkelephantcollective November 4, 2010 at 10:35 am #

    Thank you!
    Elephants for 9/11 unite!
    Please send us pictures!
    Cargocollective.com/pinkelephantcollective

  4. chinagreenelvis November 4, 2010 at 10:35 am #

    If you invoke this rally in the same context as anything referencing a battle between left and right, you don’t understand its message. You don’t understand The Daily Show. You don’t understand Jon Stewart’s role as its host.

    Jon Stewart is by profession a humorist, and like all good comedians he is a satirist; an observer and a commentator. Regardless of his personal opinions, or the tallied and polled and often oversimplified proposed political leanings of certain percentages of a hypothetical and somewhat intangible Daily Show audience, the only way he can do that job effectively is to extoll certain virtues and principles that make sense given his role as the head anchor of a fake news show, by condemning, through mockery, the practices that violate those values; dishing out jokes on the “real” news media and all the entities it encompasses when they are found to be guilty of such behavior.

    If Stewart finds fault in a Libertarian politician, he’s going to hold that politician accountable as long as he thinks the joke is worth telling. The same goes for a Democrat. Or a Christian. Or a Scientologist. Or a guy in a chicken-suit that has little or nothing to do with politics. The bottom line is that if it’s in the news and someone out there is fucking the story up, Stewart is here to help us point a finger and laugh.

    I can’t blame him, after having scrutinized the news so closely for so long – four days a week for over ten years – for wanting to hold a mirror to the media Medusa in the hopes that it will see itself and improve how the news is delivered. This message has grown stronger and more direct and more critical, and has reached something of an apex in Jon’s Moment of Sincerity on the National Mall in front of a quarter of a million people, with the rest of the world, for at least ten good minutes, paying close attention. It has nothing to do with motivating voters or taking the country back or promoting an agenda, certainly not for any fictitiously homogeneous ideological wing, certainly not for any particular political party.

    The man is doing what he’s always done, only more pointedly, and that’s sticking it to the media monster that largely hinders our informed participation in the political process instead of serving to help it. If you don’t see that, if all you see are shades of red and blue, then you’ve already been swallowed up by the beast, and the best you can hope for is to stay one piece as you get shat out the other end.

  5. Honu November 4, 2010 at 3:13 pm #

    Cant really agree with you Redacted. At least not your false equivalence about Pain and Beck on par with Stewart and Obama. Are you seriously comparing these two? Because Obama has completely governed from the center. He’s kept Bush’s tax cuts, warranties wiretapping and his two wars. Sure he did the healthcare ‘reform’ and the bailout, started by Bush. And Jon Stewart? He didn’t exactly treat Obama with kid gloves last week during the interview. And he hits democrats all the time. Sure he’s left leaning but extreme, at least in comparison to Beck and Palin? Such a false equivalency. I get your meaning though about the general sense that we’re a divided country bases on concrete ways of thinking. They Live is great. I love the long fist fight in the alley all because a guy wouldn’t put on the sunglasses.

  6. Honu November 4, 2010 at 11:13 am #

    Cant really agree with you Redacted. At least not your false equivalence about Pain and Beck on par with Stewart and Obama. Are you seriously comparing these two? Because Obama has completely governed from the center. He’s kept Bush’s tax cuts, warranties wiretapping and his two wars. Sure he did the healthcare ‘reform’ and the bailout, started by Bush. And Jon Stewart? He didn’t exactly treat Obama with kid gloves last week during the interview. And he hits democrats all the time. Sure he’s left leaning but extreme, at least in comparison to Beck and Palin? Such a false equivalency. I get your meaning though about the general sense that we’re a divided country bases on concrete ways of thinking. They Live is great. I love the long fist fight in the alley all because a guy wouldn’t put on the sunglasses.

  7. Henry Baum November 4, 2010 at 5:31 pm #

    I agree with this assessment, as much as Glenn Beck depresses/scares the shit out of me and Jon Stewart doesn’t. But if you look at this video, it’s almost exactly the same as people at a Glenn Beck rally. It amounts to a bunch of people passively watching a TV show and considering that activism.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=02KvD4DvX9c&feature=player_embedded

  8. Henry Baum November 4, 2010 at 1:31 pm #

    I agree with this assessment, as much as Glenn Beck depresses/scares the shit out of me and Jon Stewart doesn’t. But if you look at this video, it’s almost exactly the same as people at a Glenn Beck rally. It amounts to a bunch of people passively watching a TV show and considering that activism.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=02KvD4DvX9c&feature=player_embedded

  9. Tyler November 8, 2010 at 9:40 am #

    It’s not merely a false left-right paradigm, it’s a show replete with dancing bears and crying clowns. All to distract from the real prize just long enough that it can be replaced with a shredded IOU.

    Americans and many others in this world are soon to awaken to a horror – every last penny confiscated, energy prices to high to travel, food prices too high to eat, no where to go and no one to blame, but themselves.

    A massive IQ test is being put onto the people of the world. Think now or forever hold your peace.

  10. Tyler November 8, 2010 at 1:40 pm #

    It’s not merely a false left-right paradigm, it’s a show replete with dancing bears and crying clowns. All to distract from the real prize just long enough that it can be replaced with a shredded IOU.

    Americans and many others in this world are soon to awaken to a horror – every last penny confiscated, energy prices to high to travel, food prices too high to eat, no where to go and no one to blame, but themselves.

    A massive IQ test is being put onto the people of the world. Think now or forever hold your peace.

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