Mon. Jun 17th, 2024

You know, my cousin and I have had many discussions where we disagree about talk show hosts on the Left, satire, and how to approach the rather nasty, mean spirited, cruel, sadistic element on the Right, or Reich as some of us prefer. My opinion is a bit more on the, “They’re not going to stop, and the only way to deal with bullies is to beat back harder” side. But even I cringe at the site…

How would you feel about this if the other side had lost?

I do hope a little real learning comes out of their sadness, though I suspect the only “learning” will be “we have to be further to the right, nastier, meaner and more bat shisen crazy,” but mocking their sadness merely assures that. Yes, I would feel that way about those who would mock the Germans who mourned Hitler, or the Russians who mourned Stalin.

On this, I suspect, my cousin who posts here too, agree.

By Ken Carman

Retired entertainer, provider of educational services, columnist, homebrewer, collie lover, writer of songs, poetry and prose... humorist, mediocre motorcyclist, very bad carpenter, horrid handyman and quirky eccentric deluxe.

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Ana Grarian
11 years ago

Maybe I didn’t peruse this site as much as you did. What I saw was a lot of people, most of them seemed to be campaign workers, who were naturally disappointed that their candidate didn’t win.
I’m not sure if the ‘white people’ in the title was supposed to imply racist white people or not.
The one texting post, is the same feeling that Obama supporters felt about the consequences of an Obama loss.
To the more general question: I don’t feel you solve anything by lowering yourself to some other’s level. You don’t thwart a bully by being a bully, but by standing up for yourself in a reasonable manner.
I heard an example of this just the other day. An older fellow, who walks with difficulty, with two canes, witnessed some local hooligans steal a child’s basketball. He went up to them and demanded the ball back, and they gave it to him, and apologized. Even with the canes as weapons, he would not have been a match for them.
Two wrongs don’t make a right (right Dad?)

Ana Grarian
11 years ago

I think we may be discussing 2 different kinds of events. I would not suggest to someone who is being physically attacked that they not defend themselves.
The talk show / media format is more like someone calling names or making faces. Doing the same thing back, usually only escalates the situation. I would not suggest countering Mitt’s or Rush’s or Beck’s lies, with lies and fantasy. Calling Rush fat, is not a lie, but doesn’t disprove his propaganda either.
Colbert and Stewart do a better job highlighting the BS (though even they, especially Stewart, resort too often to foul language and juvenile humor).
I think that Rachel Maddow, Ed Schultz and Thom Hartman are much better at countering the right-wing crazies.

Ana Grarian
11 years ago

By the way – I think the picture that appears above your article could just as well depict relief and tears of joy that Obama won.

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