Let us be thankful for the fools

January 20, 2011 on 11:05 pm | In daily life, ethics, humor, lunacy, morality, politics, racism, tea party | No Comments

Thanks to the disconnect of working at a job I love but within a system I increasingly despise, I need a break. Sometimes one just has to laugh, particularly at the asininity that often surrounds powerful, painful incidents. And on that front, Iowahawk never disappoints.

CSI: Tucson

Fade in. Chaotic supermarket parking lot, strewn with bodies in aftermath of shooting spree. Amid lights and sirens, a bearded man in black windbreaker and sunglasses ducks under the yellow police tape…

…On the asphalt outside supermarket, the CSI squad gathers around a spilled bag of groceries outlined in chalk.

KRUGMAN
Good work rookie. Well, well, well. What do we have here?

Crouching down, Krugman picks up a box of Lipton tea bags with the tip of his pencil.

KRUGMAN (whipping off sunglasses)
If I know my demand curves, I’d say our young Republican wasn’t acting alone.

The man is a satirical genius.

We’re being told now that we must reframe our discourse. No more bullet points, and  no more getting caught in the crosshairs.

And certainly no more “tickets to the gun show.”

Sheesh. I’ve worked with words in one way or another my entire adult life. If people spent half as much energy really thinking about what all words mean, and how to use them correctly (for example, “niggardly” has absolutely no connection whatsoever to “nigger”), we’d be a much wiser, more literate population.

But no, we don’t need to think about why someone outrageously and unfairly accused of being an accessory to murder might call that “blood libel.” We just need to have a knee jerk reaction to anything that we don’t want to hear, and then purge the language of any words that possibly might offend.

Protein Wisdom is downright brilliant in assessing the asininity of CNN’s John King.

Ah, this all appeals to the deep vein of satirical humor running through me. However, I really don’t want to respond with an equally inane knee jerk reaction to the foolishness the left is spewing. I want my words to count, and to express my thoughts clearly.

To that end, Brutally Honest offers wisdom from the Archdiocese of Washington,

The biblical formula seems to be “clarity” with “charity,” the truth with a balance of toughness and tenderness. Perhaps an old saying comes to mind: Say what you mean, mean what you say, but don’t say it mean.

Confederate Yankee has a cornucopia of quick takes, all of which get one thinking.

And I is so confused. I thought the Tea Party was racist. How then, can blacks support such a political philosophy? Does this make them racist too…against themselves? Can one be self-racist? I bet they’ll be targeted looked upon by liberals as a tiny minority…but then that’s rather racist, isn’t it?

Mark Twain was right when he said, “Let us be thankful for the fools. But for them the rest of us could not succeed.”

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