It was the “Rally to Restore Sanity/Fear.” It was yet another effort to sway the election by John Stewart and Stephen Colbert who were, of course, “just kidding.” Yet they weren’t joking. They needed to restore sanity, but they had no need to worry about the fear. They were feeling it.
The rally consisted of one large group of privileged white people who are mortally afraid of a whole bunch of other significantly less privileged white people. The followers of John Stewart are a postmodern gentry that benefits from Orwellian Oligarchical Collectivism. Orwell describes below the sanity John Stewart rallies his followers to defend.
“In each variant of Socialism that appeared from about 1900 onwards the aim of establishing liberty and equality was more and more openly abandoned. The new movements which appeared in the middle years of the century . . . had the conscious aim of perpetuating unfreedom and inequality”; because the true goal was to end history upon becoming the perpetual High ruling class — composed not of aristocrats or plutocrats, but of “bureaucrats, scientists, technicians, trade-union organisers, publicity experts, sociologists, teachers, journalists and professional politicians” originally from “the salaried middle class and the upper grades of the working class”.
– George Orwell, 1984
Stewart felt moved to convene his version of SmugStock in response to “The Restoring Honor Rally” held by Glenn Beck on the same date the Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his “I Have a Dream Speech.” The symbolism of the date brings out parallels that the Stewart Inner Party Members don’t want to be drawn. It led an entire generation of lower to middle income Americans to feel entitled to rise up and vote against a class system that had oppressed them every day of their lives since early High School.
Glenn Beck made many people feel that the election was going far beyond Stimulus or ObamaCare. It was turning into an election that would serve as a referendum on whether “Cool” people got to run ever major facet of Postmodern America. Given the choice between a Meritocracy and a Smugocracy, John Stewart’s career choice, biography and typical facial expressions make it obvious which side of the divide he personally comes down on.
Smug is hateful. Stewart is as intelligent as he is mendacious and malicious. Thus he was too smart to have Liberal Interest Groups from the Aristocracy of Pull turn out busloads of zombie followers wearing T-shirts emblazoned with “I’m Smug and You Suck!” It’s better to imply that anyone not smart enough to agree with him was crazy or too fearful to think straight.
With recycled propaganda from The Authoritarian Personality days, Leibowitz and Colbert casually denigrated people who are concerned about what is happening to their country as paranoid, ignorant, and insane. The truth is that as the debt exceeds GDP, as our urban centers turn into desolate wastelands, and as “our” government engages in openly hostile action against the core population, the remarkable fact is that there is so little reaction, and what reaction there is mostly channeled into politics as usual. Far from speaking truth to power, Stewart and Colbert are courtiers who mock what little resistance exists.
– James Kilpatrick (HT: Alternate Right.com)
John Stewart represents a hateful, arrogant, condescending, and deplorable jacquerie of squealing elitist pigs. These are people shielded by circumstance from the brutal vicissitudes of government policy that flatten the prospects and eats out the sustenance of the average American. They work jobs that will never by “right-sized” and always pay above the national median.
People who actually think “I masturbate to Christine O’ Donnell” is a funny statement to put on a rally sign have very little of value to offer the commonweal of a nation in economic travail. Yet the people who actually think that sign is funny command the ruling heights of politics, journalism, academia and media. Self-conscious modesty stemming from the recognition of their own utter futility prevents them from normally flaunting their own vastly ineluctable perversion and ignorance where it can be photographed in public.
This was an unforced error. Like a desperate Quarterback heaving up a gift interception; under pressure from a ravening defensive line. That pressure comes from two directions. First, they realize that nothing they believe in actually works. When you are in charge, you come to know yourself. When your ideas fail, you wish, somehow; that you didn’t quite matter as much as you do. A lot of these people realize that ideals that they have internalized are failing America and it gets under their skin like a poison ivy rash.
The second pressure front comes from the angry masses. These people tell the “geniuses” that they must not be as smart and wonderful as they claim to be. They are the ones who tell them their privileges and perquisites are extraordinarily unearned. Beneath this accusation is the subtle supposition that these people who enjoy this unearned prestige are bums at best and thieves at worst.
Nobody likes being called a sinner. When we strip away the equivocation from what the Tea Party accuses the elitists of having done with America, this is really what a large body of angry Americans is saying to the ruling class. There are two logical responses to this accusation. The accused can acknowledge guilt or call the accuser butt crazy. If you choose option number two, you rally to restore sanity and mock your opponents by claiming they stoke false fears.
If you know, in your wretched, worm-eaten heart that your opposition is about to do doughnuts on your side’s CP, you claim to be “just kidding” and tell them to just laugh it off. Around about 10PM Central Time, we’ll all know who’s laughing in 2010. We’ll also know the average American’s verdict on whether our elitists have sinned against our Republic. The tension could not be higher. For either The Tea Party or for the “Restorers of Sanity,” we will experience a day of sharp clarity amid a year lived in delusion.
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