Monday, October 18, 2010

The Rally to Restore Sanity

Thanks to my friend Dave Bullock, who has been gaming credit card companies for years for free airline miles, I now have a plane ticket to DC for the weekend of Oct 30th. Not coincidentally, this is the very same weekend of Jon Stewart's Rally to Restore Sanity. Also, we are staying with his brother-in-law in DC for free. The upshot of all this is that he gets to win any argument about who is the better friend for the rest of our lives.

Of course, there is the rally as well, the true purpose of the weekend.  The problem is, I'm not sure if I should be allowed to attend. After all, I'm not really a moderate. I am a radical, leftist, socialist, let's-tax-the-top-5%-an-additional-3%-on-the-part-of-their-income-that-pays-for-vacations kind of extremist. I even believe in universal healthcare. How can I possibly keep my seething anger and  lunacy in check for an entire rally?

Obviously, I need a reasonable sign. And luckily, the march organizers have put up a website to share and test signs at

Some of my favorites so far are:

I'm mad as hell. But by tomorrow, I'll probably be fine.
My political views cannot be summarized in a pithy sign
Sarah Palin for Governor of Alaska
One of us or perhaps neither of us may be right
I wouldn't presume to tell God who he hates
I disagree with you, but I'm pretty sure you're not Hitler
I support the sign that I am holding
I'm against picketing, but I don't know how to show it
I don't know what we are yelling about!!! (picture of Steve Carrell yelling)
Only a Sith deals in absolutes

So far, my only idea for a sign is "Sanity is not just for liberals." Jill thinks it's divisive and totally against the spirit of the rally.  And, she's right. See what I'm up against here?  I have to get sane in the next 2 weeks to earn my way into the rally.

So, if you have any suggestions for a sign that will lead others to believe I am a reasonable moderate, let me know.


Anonymous said...

How about ...

Gravity Rules!!


If God had a shin splint, he'd hate them as much as I do.


I'd make a strong political statement, but I ran out of room on my sign.

There's lots of good suggestions on the Rally site as well. Wish I could go.

Anonymous said...

Here's one from the twitter site "Shit my Dad Says." I don't know if they'd go after a person for putting it on their rally sign, but it fits the moment.

"You don't have to be good to succeed. You just gotta be the least shitty option. "

Or you could change it to:
You don't have to be good to get elected. You just gotta be the least shitty option.

Sam said...

Hey Dan,
have fun! You have our envy. If only duty didn't call...

Crockhead said...

How about modifying Barry Goldwater's 1964 slogan to "Extremism in the defense of moderation is probably no vice."

Dan S said...

I like the "probably" on there. I could also substitute "rationality" for "moderation"

How about: "Democracy cannot survive on irrational fear"

BMG said...

Dude, you're staying with John Stewart's brother-in-law and you still need a sign? Oh ... nevermind.

How about: "Look at me! I'm a moderate! Really, I am!"

Anonymous said...

Hi Dan!

I know you're not a moderate but I'd love to send you a Rally to Restore Sanity t-shirt anyways...courtesy of CafePress!

Send me an e-mail to new [at] cafepress [dot] com and I'll mail one out to you ASAP before the rally.


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PG said...

There is no sanity clause.

brownie said...

How about:

"I agree with anyone who's right!"

Tim said...

Wow, what I learned from visiting that site is that a lot of people are really terrible at making signs. For every clever/effective one, there are ten duds.

Anonymous said...

This one made me think of another:
" 10/19/2010 03:51:00 PM
PG said...

There is no sanity clause.

How about there is no san...ty clause. :-)