“To rage and mock is gentlemanly, to grumble and whine is not.” -Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa
I know this post is all kinds of late and wrong but I did just make an transcontinental move.
After (and even before) the Rally To Restore Sanity/Fear, I saw a lot of discussion about what the point was. A lot of people commenting on articles about the Rally scoffed at the idea of comedians hosting a rally to mock people. Even one of my favorite bloggers, PZ Myers, asked what the point was.
“He’s a funny guy, but I’m still completely baffled by Stewart’s Rally to Restore Sanity.”
How do you respond to Sarah Palin, Christine O’Donnell, Glenn Beck, et al? You can’t have reasonable discourse with them. You can’t have an intellectual chat with people who can’t name Supreme Court decisions. Who accuse Holocaust survivors of being Nazis. Who think the President may not have been born in the US. Who think the government is secretly trying to access your computer through a website. Who claim terrorists are registered Democrats.
It’s not all conservatives. I don’t see Stewart’s rally directed at P.J. O’Rouke or Andrew Sullivan or the CATO Institute or The Weekly Standard or Matt Labash or Christopher Hitchens. I think it’s directed at a very vocal, very dogmatic, very under-informed minority of people in this country who, like people who believe the Earth is flat, cannot be reasoned with.
So you don’t reason with them. You mock them. You poke fun at their ridiculous ideas. You refuse to take them seriously. Like this: