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October 30, 2010

The Rally For Ironically Detached Hipsters

Never underestimate the draw of free entertainment and the opportunity to luxuriate in how very superior you are to those with whom you disagree.

Hipster LIne And so I found myself packed into a subway car with semi-urban hipster wannabes on a beautiful Saturday afternoon in Washington DC.

The things I don’t do for you people.

Rally For Ironically Detached Hipsters Organized by Comedy Central performers Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert, and officially called the "Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear," it was, according to Stewart himself, a:

“Call-to-reasonableness.”

And a:

"Million moderate march"

Jon Stewart is a natural for such a sentiment, having earned a reputation for evenhandedness skewering those on both sides of the political spectrum. Whether it's calling out conservatives for leaning too far to the right or scolding liberals for also leaning too far to the right, Stewart trains his rapier wit in a purely moderate, middle-of-the-road, manner.

How could you tell this was a gathering of reasonable, practical-thinking folks?  It was obvious as soon as I got off the Metro at L’Enfant Plaza where I saw, in order, vendors selling:

“I make Glen Beck cry” T-shirts.

The “Socialist Worker” newspaper.

“No tea party” T-shirts.

A woman in front of me asked how much the Socialist Worker newspaper cost and he said they asked for $1 donations. As she turned away, he said fifty cents.  As she continued to walk away he countered with “free.” 

Socialist Worker Paper She took one.

Which tells you all you need to know about socialism.  I ended up giving the guy a buck for a copy.

Hey, he may not believe in capitalism, but I do.

Bush T-Shirts Other vendors I saw included a woman selling “no blood for oil” buttons and some guys doing a brisk business in anti-Bush T-shirts playing on the crowd's presumable antipathy for the former president’s timidity towards plunging us ever deeper into debt

But it’s not fair to hold the organizers responsible for the vendors regardless of whether or not they saw a good business opportunity.  Stewart and Colbert demonstrated their commitment to restoring sanity by showcasing the talented Cat Stevens, (otherwise known as “Yusef Islam”) who very sanely has in the past supported a fatwa against Salman Rushdie.

In fact, the rally spent a surprising amount of time pointing out to those gathered how very important it was we be reasonable regarding people of different beliefs, and by “people of different beliefs,” they mean “people who believe in Islam.”

For example, Stewart awarded a "Medal of Reasonableness" to Jacob Isom who swiped a kerosene-soaked Quran from would-be burners, telling them, "Dude, you have no Quran."

After all, there is no better way to demonstrate your passion for the rights of others than to forcibly deny them. As Stewart and Colbert had said, “real patriots can handle a difference of opinion.”

As long as that opinion receives their prior approval.

To suggest otherwise would be, well, insane.

As much as I was enjoying being surround by people who define sanity as further expanding the size and scope of government, I had a neighborhood Halloween parade to attend with my wife and one-year old son.  Why?  Because that’s how important it is to me to be a good husband and father.

Kiddie Halloween Parade

Also, there was free beer.

Free Beer!

J.

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A classic, thanks! But the question remains whether Obama "Mises" his homeland.

Sorry, couldn't help it.

Posted by: Planet Moron | Nov 3, 2010 1:25:25 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_23Nt5XumaU&feature=player_embedded
I think you would like this video.

Posted by: Billmurey | Nov 2, 2010 6:52:49 PM

Satirical Treatment of Subject Matter, I'd like you to meet agammy, agammy, this is Satirical Treatment of Subject Matter. I don't believe you two have ever met...

Posted by: Planet Moron | Nov 1, 2010 4:48:30 PM

I think to discount all the people who supported this effort by lumping them all together as "ironically detached hipsters" shows a lot about your own detachment from the current political climate, and reveals how little you choose to try and understand anyone who lies outside of your own right-leaning belief circle.

Posted by: agammy | Nov 1, 2010 4:10:45 PM

From the look of that Reason.tv video, the attire was probably more sane at the Halloween parade.

Posted by: Amarsir | Oct 31, 2010 3:52:50 AM

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