I Had a Dream: The Perversion

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

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.


  1. Gah - do not even have the words. You are a braver woman than I.

  2. Wait, why are you going? Attendance = support, neh?

  3. I saw in a Jewish magazine last week that there's a big "Sarah Palin" Shabbaton coming up. I was like, seriously? A shabbat festival with Sarah Palin? Um ... no.

  4. I heard about this earlier today and gagged. I think I'll spend the weekend locked in my apartment since it's too close to the mall to risk going out and facing the crazies. Take pics if you go. Should be some interesting stuff ;)

  5. Yay, a blogger who blogs! I'm going to come through and read more of your posts at work tomorrow (heh heh) but just letting you know I've added your button!

  6. Just thinking about those two speaking on the same location/date as MLK, makes me want to throw up all over my keyboard. I'd be tempted to get out of town too but also tempted to stay even though the idea of this kind of thing going down in the place where I live makes my skin crawl. Stay safe & watch out for crazies!

  7. Saw your twitter about being stuck. Pep talks are my thing - let me know if you need one. Might need more specifics but people say I am quite good at it.

  8. It all just makes me so angry when I think about it. And then, in Virginia, we've got our crazy-ass Attorney General who keeps making an ass out of the entire state. Between Sarah Palin and Ken "the Cooch" Cuccinelli, I'm about to done with politics. That said, I can't wait to hear about the crazies you'll undoubtedly run into...

  9. Are you seriously claiming NW DC is not 'the safe part'?


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