Fandango’s Friday Flashback — September 25

Wouldn’t you like to expose your newer readers to some of your earlier posts that they might never have seen? Or remind your long term followers of posts that they might not remember? Each Friday I will publish a post I wrote on this exact date in a previous year.

How about you? Why don’t you reach back into your own archives and highlight a post that you wrote on this very date in a previous year? You can repost your Friday Flashback post on your blog and pingback to this post. Or you can just write a comment below with a link to the post you selected.

If you’ve been blogging for less than a year, go ahead and choose a post that you previously published on this day (the 25th) of any month within the past year and link to that post in a comment.

This was originally posted on my old blog on September 25, 2010.

Putting the Inmates in Charge of the Asylum

Seriously people, what is wrong with you? Many of you actually believe that Obama is a Muslim and that he wasn’t really born in the United States. Not an insignificant number of you buy into the ludicrous notion that 9/11 was a government conspiracy. And as the mid-term elections approach, you seem inclined to propel a bunch of nutcases into positions of power where they can potentially affect your destiny for years to come…assuming, of course, they don’t cause total Congressional gridlock, which is Senator Jim DeMint’s* ultimate goal.

Are you so disaffected that you want to give the keys to the asylum to the inmates? Because that’s exactly what you’re doing! Where is the sanity?Well, there’s one man who is taking steps to restore sanity to our political process. You may think of him as a comedian or funnyman, which he is, and not, therefore, take him seriously. But Jon Stewart is one smart guy and he speaks for those of us who have not yet lost our minds or our wits. He has scheduled his Rally to Restore Sanity in the shadow of the Washington Monument on the National Mall in Washington, DC at the end of October.Of course, Stewart’s faux nemesis on Comedy Central, Stephen Colbert, has planned his own rally, the March to Keep Fear Alive, at the same place and at the same time. Does it get any better than that?

I can’t remember the last time I attended a political rally — or a rally of any kind, for that matter. However, this mild-mannered, middle-income, average American is inspired to stop the insanity that is eating away at our society. My wife and I are seriously considering heading to DC to participate in the Rally to Restore Sanity (and/or the March to Keep Fear Alive) at the end of October.

We may even carry a very civil protest sign or two — after we’ve finished our pre-rally brunch, that is.

Postscript: my wife and I did go to the rally and it was truly awesome.*In December 2012, Jim DeMint, a founding member of the far right Senate Tea Party Caucus, suddenly announced that he was resigning from the Senate to become president of the conservative Heritage Foundation think tank. He was ousted as president of the Heritage Foundation in May 2017 due to “significant and worsening management issues” within the organization. Oh snap!

22 thoughts on “Fandango’s Friday Flashback — September 25

  1. Mister Bump UK September 25, 2020 / 4:02 am

    funnily enough, it was a rally started me blogging many years ago – Dubya was on the verge of invading Iraq, he came to London, I joined the rally and later I wrote about it. The post, unfortunately (or maybe fortunately) has been lost to time.
    But generally, I don’t believe in rallies or petitions because they don’t change people’s minds.

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    • Marleen September 25, 2020 / 2:12 pm

      Wow. I forgot GWB went to London for a rally about descending upon Iraq. I do remember BHO visiting Ireland, and the very welcoming response.

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      • Mister Bump UK September 25, 2020 / 2:27 pm

        We find you all pretty right-wing but we will generally prefer Dems as more moderate. I guess Ireland is the same – Irish politics is not too dissimilar to the UK’s. It’s only really as I’ve followed US politics more closely that I have seen that a Left does exist there.
        You’ll not be surprised that Trump is loathed.

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        • Marleen September 25, 2020 / 3:55 pm

          Yep… Dems are more moderate. They are not, by and large, left wing.

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          • Fandango September 25, 2020 / 5:06 pm

            I used to be moderate, but since Trump, I’ve moved further to the left.


  2. Olga Brajnović September 25, 2020 / 4:51 am

    Impossible to think in a rally like that these days with the pandemic and the weird situation. I’m shocked by Trump refusing to allow a peaceful transfer of power if he loses the elections. I’ve had always admired the US. Now I’m scared.

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  3. annieasksyou September 25, 2020 / 7:07 am

    Oh, how I miss Jon Stewart— and I fervently hope that this election will become the rally to restore sanity! We need a massive turnout.

    And I hope that the knowledge that the ACA and reproductive rights are now hanging in the balance since Justice Ginsburg’s death will encourage those who weren’t planning to vote or saw voting for a third party as a wise move to rethink and join our big tent. Democracy is on the ballot as never before!

    Here’s a post about a huge problem that we must address.

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  4. Marleen September 25, 2020 / 2:05 pm

    Colbert used to call Bill O’Reilly “papa bear”
    (bear rhymes with the second syllable of Colbert).

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    • Fandango October 3, 2020 / 10:51 pm

      It definitely was.


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