Tuesday, August 24, 2010

I Had a Dream: The Perversion

It’s a nightmare of epic political proportions: Sarah Palin & Glenn Beck in the same place, speaking to thousands of Tea Partiers

It’s a nightmare of epic civil rights proportions, too: Their speech will happen on the anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s historic “I Have a Dream” speech, in the exact same place where the civil rights leader stood.

And it’s also a nightmare of D.C. proportions: Did you hear me? They’re speaking from the same place where MLK stood. The steps of the Lincoln Memorial. That means they'll be here. This weekend.

Basically, just so we’re all on the same page about how I feel, this is a nightmare – for the country, for the city, etc. But I’m toying with the idea of going anyway.

Yeah, you heard me. @BlakeTheMega & I – a black guy & a Jewish girl, the antithesis of the Tea Party’s target audience – are likely braving the Mall to watch this nightmare in action. What are we going to do there, you ask? Well, I might cry, for starters. And I’ll try not to trip anyone. And I’ll try not to talk to anyone for fear of whipping myself up into a political frenzy. And I will also delete all my Jo Dee Messina songs off of iTunes because she’s the featured performer at this freakshow. I wish I were joking about owning Jo Dee Messina songs, but I’m not.

Actually, I wish I were joking about any of this. But I'm not.

So far, more than 106,000 people have liked the event on Facebook, & the Washington Post is predicting more than 300,000 attendees at the rally, which I forgot to mention is called “Restoring Honor” – because usually, when I’m thinking about honor, Sarah Palin’s face is the first thing that comes to mind. And what better way to honor the memory & legacy of one of the nation's greatest advocates for peace & tolerance than by spewing hatred & intolerance in his name?

The only good news is that maybe – just maaaybe – the crowd won’t make it too far into our fair city, especially with Tea Party leaders instructing attendees not to use the Metro’s Green & Yellow lines & to limit any city time to Northwest DC, a.k.a. the safe part. Yeah, infer for yourself what they mean by this.

There will be so much to tell, of that I can be sure. Here’s hoping I’m not too distracted by devastation to notice.
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