Last Saturday, I was one of the ones privileged enough to be present at the ‘Rally to Restore Fear and/or Sanity’ in Washington DC. It was more by providence that I went than specifically desiring to participating in a faux political event hosted by a cable television channel.
I was in the District, where people still don’t have the right to vote, for of all things a Department of Energy meeting. Is the irony leaking through this series of tubes yet?
Still, the rally was fun. The show was entertaining enough; you can watch that online. But from the steps of the National Gallery, the gathering was more about entertaining signage.
The event started out well with a poster stating:
Repeal Godwin’s Law
And of course there was no shortage of the hard-to-disagree-with:
Only Hitler was Hitler
in apparent reference to Glen Beck’s penchant for declaring everyone he disagrees with a Nazi. (So pervasive is his obsession that even the Economist takes heed.)
A similar truism was a giant piece of cardboard that must have been 5 x 7 feet, supported by PVC pipe, blocked everyone’s view, and read:
Front: This Sign is Too Damn BigBack: BIG SIGN
There were more explicitly political ones in the mix as well. Melding both poignancy and wit was a young woman who proudly exclaimed:
I Masturbate to Christine O’Donnell
Whatever floats your witch, lady… (All the good ones seem to sink. I feel cheated.)
However, the most righteous one was held by a (presumably) Saudi woman who was wearing a chromatic flower lei. The sign itself had a quarter rainbow, starting and ending in clouds, and stated:
God Loves Fags
I watched her take a picture flanked by two men who each had posters declaring
Don’t Deport My Husband!
I wouldn’t even think of it… And lest you think that the rally itself was devoid of nerds, I found this gem in the trash outside of the Canadian embassy:
Americans for Gaussian Distributions
Now that is a platform I can get behind!