Restoring Sanity on All Hallows Weekend

01 Nov

On Saturday morning, Ryan and I got up nice and early to head out to Hughesville, Maryland for the All Hallows Cyclocross Race.  This is Ryan’s first year racing cross bikes and it’s pretty sweet, but more on that later this week…

After the race, we rushed home, biked over to Prego for delicious club subs and Maryland crab soup and then continued on to the Rally to Restore Sanity And/Or Fear put on by Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert.  DC is known for having a healthy stream of activists, lobby days, rallies, protests, etc.  Plus, working by the White House and having my employer protested on many occasions, I’m pretty much used to the crowds, exaggeration, costumes, megaphones and general hullabaloo.  And usually, I am just a passerby and not a participant.  However, this rally seemed different…

Perhaps it was the strong turnout from the wizarding community…

Seriously, 2 out of 3 of these men attended the rally

Gandalf and the Technicolor Dreamcoat

Or the bear contingent…

I know that The Daily Show and The Colbert Report are comedies and I realize that this rally was in large part just as much a simple demonstration of the shows’ popularity as it is a statement about anything; but, I like the idea behind it.  Again, as someone who sees a lot of the protests here in DC, I think that many of the protests are by fringe groups that represent the ideas of only a few, or the other worrisome group:  people who represent extreme views that are unfortunately becoming more mainstream and gaining more traction and clout.  What’s so bad about ideas becoming more mainstream?  And shouldn’t politics follow the views of the people?  Well, the ideas are extreme and the people extolling them are generally unwilling to compromise.  Further, despite growing popularity and resonance, these views are still only held by some and it is problematic when the views infringe on the rights of others.  Just ask this rally-goer…

Iranian President Ahmadinejad...check out his bling

Anyways, my main point is that I think that the more extreme views are represented in protest because they have an incredibly passionate following.  People who are strongly and unwaveringly for or against something are usually very involved in the cause.  In contrast, those who have opinions that are more moderate generally don’t have the same drive and urgency.  So, the appeal of the Rally to Restore Sanity And/Or Fear was feeling as though you can group together and show that other people care about these issues as well, but that overly-sensationalized “news”, hyped-up rhetoric and hyperbole aren’t necessarily the right tools to get your thoughts heard or to be taken seriously.  Many of the protest rally signs were in this spirit, while others either poked fun at the extreme or were just hilarious…

Dig at Christine O'Donnell

There were many more – a bunch of them are collected here.  Unfortunately, not included in the photo montage at that link was another clever gem that also eluded my lens, “I filibustered your mom.”

I will say with it being Halloween weekend, all of the costumes and the sheer number of people there was an element of insanity at the rally.  I mean, there was even a duet performed by Cat Stevens and Ozzy Osbourne.  Probably doesn’t help that some people had already started “celebrating”.  I wonder how many had downed a couple of these ridiculously strong energy drink/alcohol potions that I’m sure do nothing to help restore sanity…

I'm loco for them Lokos

If you haven’t heard about these, it’s called Four Loko.

I even saw a couple people start to climb port-a-potties to get a better view of the stage.  That’s just nasty and kind of asking for a disaster of foul-smelling proportions.  Very few things could get me to climb a port-a-potty (perhaps one being Steven Tyler).  Luckily, there was also appropriate authority figures on hand in case anything got too out of hand.

And yes, it is sad that it takes comedians to get moderate people out for a “cause” but at least people are thinking and acting.  Hopefully, the rally and the shows in general will at least get people to think about the issues and maybe consult more legitimate sources to learn more.

Random lost shoe? or ending to a foreign film on the loss of innonence?...

Anyways, it was fun to people watch and all, but eventually we had to head home and get ready for some serious Halloween celebrating!

Hippie and Muay Thai Boxer


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3 responses to “Restoring Sanity on All Hallows Weekend

  1. Sheridan

    November 2, 2010 at 10:42 am

    Your pictures make me want my SLR camera nowwww.

    • heatherfreitag

      November 2, 2010 at 11:15 am

      I hope you get one for Christmas! I’m still learning but I love it!

  2. Debra Svedberg

    November 3, 2010 at 9:13 pm

    If it wasn’t for your Mom, I would never be able to believe that Loren could father such a brilliant child.
    You write wonderful articles.



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