Stephen Colbert on Wednesday discovered a crack squad of small-government heroes fighting back against parking meters on his show’s regular feature, “Difference Makers.”
“The Colbert Report” peered into the town of Keene, New Hampshire, home to a radical libertarian movement of three people, whom Colbert dubbed “The Free Keene Squad” over a 1970s-tinged funk theme.
The main front in the trio’s crusade for liberty involved harassing the town’s parking meter maids, whom they viewed as the shock troops of a tyrannical city government.
Footage shot by the young men show them shouting constant abuse at meter attendants and running in front of them to refill the meters. Or, as Colbert put it, “annoying for liberty.”
“Free Keene claims they’re freeing Keene from something,” city council member Randy Filio said. “Most of us that have lived here all of our lives really haven’t figured that part out yet.”
Colbert couldn’t deny they were “total dicks,” but admired the squad’s courageous small-government philosophy.
“Okay, granted, these guys are a-holes. But they’re a-holes for freedom,” the host insisted.
Watch the clip, courtesy of Comedy Central: