...Lberalism today has as its highest priority not looking stupid—and that its premiere rally is framed in such a way that everyone who came to this rally is somehow indemnified from looking foolish precisely because it’s not really a political rally, it’s more like a mockery of a political rally—in a self-consciously smart sort of way. And the Daily Show Democrats who gathered celebrated themselves for this amazing achievement: that they didn’t make fools of themselves standing for something that some other guys could then use to mock them.Link
The press can hold its magnifying glass up to our problems, bringing them into focus, illuminating issues heretofore unseen. Or they can use that magnifying glass to light ants on fire, and then perhaps host a week of shows on the dangerous, unexpected flaming ants epidemic.
...that these and successive acts of the same character, unless arrested on the threshold, may send to drive these states into revolution and blood, and will furnish new calumnies against Republican Governments, and new pretexts for those who with it to be believed, that man cannot be governed but by a rod of iron: that it would be dangerous delusion were a confidence in the men of our choice to silence our fears for the safety of our rights.link
here's a visual comparison of crowd sizes between Glen Beck's rally and this one that I found interesting
Schadenfreudiest moment of the day: Arianna Huffington's vaunted Manhattan charter buses get stuck in traffic for hours, miss half the rally.
Hyper-gender-sensitivity has really come into vogue lately. It makes me sad.
Sara C. being a female has nothing to do with the reaction she's getting.
Wait, wait, hold up -- Rory Marinich told Sara C. to effectively go fuck herself, and she's the one being "unpleasant?"
Go fuck yourself. I just wrote you a 2,000-word essay explaining exactly why I thought this was important politically -- Rory Marinich
Ironically, you ignored my actual message to blindly dismiss my earnest message, which alienated me and made me tell you to go fuck yourself. -- Rory Marinich
We're saying it again and again and you're ignoring it. The rally was about respecting people for HAVING opinions, even when you have your own. -- Rory Marinich
people in this country who believe in the kind of civility that Rory has with his Grandfather. -- arabelladragon
Two candidates once ran who loathed each other and their political views; they doesn't prove anything. They didn't have a Congress that threatened to filibuster even close to as much as this, they didn't have 24-hour cable news networks spinning everything in the dumbest directions possible, and they didn't have one network devoted entirely to banging the drum for one side. They were still able to get things done.
Well, besides it being awesome enough on it's own - redditors managed to secure an interview with Colbert by reaching $500,000.
The point, it seemed to me, was that politics isn't all there is to life, there is something slightly off about those who think it is, and that political ideology has come to define us culturally and personally far too much.
“I can’t control what people think this was. I can only tell you my intentions. This was not a rally to ridicule people of faith or people of activism or to look down our noses at the heartland or passionate argument or to suggest that times are not difficult and that we have nothing to fear. -- Jon Stewart
I don't think Sullivan's take is contradicted by Stewart's comment at the end of the rally at all. I think that what they both are pointing out is that there are a lot of people who are tired of the poiliticization of EVERYTHING in their lives.
On that point I thought that Stewart's metaphor about merging into the Lincoln Tunnel was spot-on.
To take this line of thought a bit further (and I'm sure that I'm not the first to level this criticism) why wasn't this a massive, nonpartisan, GOTV canvass?
I used "go fuck yourself" thinking it would come across as "super polite and humorous"
"You got your peanut butter in my chocolate!" "You got your chocolate in my peanut butter!" "Two great tastes that taste great together."
"There's no wrong way to eat a Reese's."
The Rally to Restore Sanity, held in Washington’s National Mall, was yet another sad footnote to the death of the liberal class. It was as innocuous as a Boy Scout jamboree. It ridiculed followers of the tea party without acknowledging that the pain and suffering expressed by many who support the movement are not only real but legitimate. It made fun of the buffoons who are rising up out of moral swamps to take over the Republican Party without accepting that their supporters were sold out by a liberal class, and especially a Democratic Party, which turned its back on the working class for corporate money.Link
"I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. And let me remind you also, that moderation in pursuit of justice is no virtue." Youtube Link
- He was born in Hawaii? What proof do you want?
- And you think that establishes that he's definitely not Keynesian?
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