What America Needs Is a Good Sense of Humor

How can you tell when someone has a good sense of humor?

Worth asking, given the extreme polarization in America these days. After all, it’s hard to poke someone in the eye when you’re sharing a good laugh. Am I right? It’s easier to appreciate the jokes, of course, when you’re the one writing them. And for decades, liberals in New York and Hollywood have been creating most of the funny stuff the rest of us have consumed via movies and television.

That means more often than not the joke is on the “stupid” Republican, the “heartless” conservative, or the “antiquated” values of middle-America. But, heh, Americans are used to that. Our liberal media have spent these past several decades training us — at least those of us who do not self-identify as liberals — to laugh at ourselves and our values. All the while, American culture erodes in an unrelenting deluge of deprecation.

Want to try something really funny? … Turn the tables by getting the liberal establishment to laugh at, say, Harvey Weinstein … you’ll be making light of sexual harassment. Or the lunatic ravings of Hillary Clinton on her self-vindication tour … you’ll be a misogynist. Or the many glaring hypocrisies of Barack Obama … you’ll be a racist. Hmmm … so, how does one get around this conundrum?

Nearly thirty years ago, Rush Limbaugh began doing his part on national radio, lampooning the left’s sanctimony, snobbery and sacred cows. He did it with humor and irreverence — traits liberals thought they owned — and the left went bonkers. They despised and tried to destroy Limbaugh. But he has thrived because he speaks with sincerity to a vast audience that New York and Hollywood have taken for granted. And what is his secret trick, the one so obvious that liberals cannot see it? Limbaugh has never laughed at his core audience … only with them, and that’s why they’ll never poke him in the eye.

Something similar is playing out in our polarized politics. When President Trump mocks and ridicules the establishment, even irreverently, so long as he laughs with his base, not at them, they will not abandon him. After decades spent laughing happily at themselves, they take in Mr. Trump’s irreverence like a breath of fresh air. And this drives the liberal establishment crazy. They cannot get their heads around this phenomenon, because these comic geniuses remain oblivious to a key ingredient in good comedy.

How can you tell when someone has a good sense of humor?

When they can laugh at themselves.

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Playing Politics With the Lives of Others

Wreaking economic, societal and legal havoc is nothing new for politicians. Democrats do it so cavalierly, in fact, and with the blessing of the Liberal Media Complex, that a true cynic cannot really blame them. But surely it is past time for such charlatans to stop playing politics with people’s lives.

Someone should have told that to Barack Obama when he occupied the White House and stumped for re-election. Not wanting to come off as too politically drastic, he toured the land telling friendly audiences that no less an authority than the U.S. Constitution prevented him from unilaterally granting legal status, via executive order, to hundreds of thousands of young immigrants (the so-called ‘Dreamers’) who were in this country illegally. Such policies, Mr. Obama acknowledged, are the constitutional purview of Congress.

After he secured his second term as president, however, Mr. Obama did exactly what he had earlier declared undo able — acting unilaterally so as to grant legal status, via executive order, to hundreds of thousands of young immigrants who are in this country illegally. Mr. Obama’s cynical, hypocritical, and clearly unconstitutional maneuver rested on the too-clever political calculation that, first, Hillary Clinton would become the next president and never undo his executive order and, second, should Hillary loose, whichever Republican defeated her would lack the political nerve to counter his executive order with an executive order of their own.

Barack Obama was wrong — on both counts. He never imagined his successor in the Oval Office would be Donald Trump, the one politician with enough nerve to stick it back in Obama’s face, to demand some constitutional accountability apply to the unholy mess he made of America’s immigration policy.

Now, we see hundreds of thousands of ‘Dreamers,’ not to mention their family members both inside and outside of the United States, severely impacted because of Barack Obama’s cynical overreach. It is ironic and hypocritical, though not terribly surprising, that Mr. Obama, his Democrat colleagues, and their liberal media enablers will now clamor to condemn others as playing politics with people’s lives.

Talk about heartless.

 

Democrats’ Misguided Strategy

Over the years, Americans have become ever more savvy about advertising. We’ve increased our awareness — a communal gut-sense, if you will — of being plied with slick marketing at the expense of sincerity.

In this regard, Democrats mistakenly think they’re ahead of the curve. If their ‘Russian collusion’ meme plays itself out before the 2018 elections, they won’t help themselves by reaching for another crutch, such as their oft-employed ‘millionaires and billionaires’ routine.

Republicans only care about millionaires and billionaires, they tell us … Seriously?

Are American voters so void of common sense as to swallow that non-dimensional caricature of the Republican party? Some Democrats apparently think so, as evidenced by a recent video clip (to view it, click here), in which Democrat Senator Chris Murphy argues Democrats should drop one shallow argument so they can take up another.

Apparently, Democrats see electoral politics as all about marketing. To an extent, one cannot blame them, considering how the slick marketing of Barack Obama netted them the White House and both houses of Congress in 2008. Barack Obama was an attractive brand, cleverly promoted by the Liberal Media Complex.

Since 2008, however, Democrats have consistently lost ground on the electoral map. If they believe insincere caricature will outperform President Trump’s blunt populism in 2018, they are mistaken.

America Lurches Toward Fascism

Among the characteristics of fascism is a virulent demonization of the voices of opposition. Those who deviate from establishment norms are first discouraged, then no longer tolerated. They become ostracized, shunned, and eventually neutralized — figuratively, if not literally.

We see this type of behavior increasingly encouraged among America’s media and other liberal elite. A perceived vulgarian comes along, into the White House no less, and establishment types who resent and despise President Trump rage against him, what he stands for, and anyone associated with his administration. The establishment’s self-labeled ‘resistance’ has become increasingly caustic, approaching militancy. Illustrations abound. Let us consider just three.

First, a production of “Julius Caesar” in New York’s Central Park, featuring a title character who is cast to resemble President Trump, and who, during the course of the play, is graphically and brutally assassinated on stage.The play has reportedly received standing ovations from New York City’s enlightened. One can only imagine the reaction had such a production been staged during the Obama administration, depicting his assassination … yeah, right.

Second, an appellate decision, in a liberally dominated, federal district court, based not on President Trump’s immigration policy, but on presidential candidate Trump’s campaign rhetoric; whereby the court ruled to invalidate an immigration policy that, standing on its own, admittedly passes constitutional muster. These judges are, in effect, monitoring, shunning and censoring, via judicial fiat, that which they consider unacceptable political speech — as disconcerting as it is unconstitutional.

Third, the Liberal Media Complex’s ongoing, ever intensifying cacophony of rage and hatred toward the President. It began as soon as Mr. Trump formally announced his candidacy in 2015; intensified upon his winning (fair and square, without ‘Russian collusion’) last year’s presidential election; and grows increasingly vicious and irresponsible the more the President deflects the media’s invective and barrels ahead toward his policy objectives. Democrats and the liberal media are promoting, selling to America, the impeachment of President Trump. Make no mistake, they are quite serious about this. Playing the long game, their aim is to normalize not just the concept, but the very process of impeachment — something heretofore considered a political extremity.

How does this end if the forces of political nihilism prevail? What would stop them from finding the next target or targets, and waging a renewed, reinvigorated war of political annihilation? How far would that take us down the road toward fascism, and away from democracy?

Worth considering, because that is what’s at stake.

They Who Cry “Russian Collusion!” Must Look in the Mirror

Democrats and sundry leftists in the media are showing their hand when they complain about Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. In fact, they damn themselves.

There is no evidence whatsoever, not even a reputable claim, that Russia affected America’s voting machines or vote tallying processes. Rather, the charge from Democrats and the Liberal Media Complex is that Russia impacted public awareness and opinion regarding America’s election and our presidential candidates, and that Russia’s impact was to candidate Clinton’s detriment.

In other words … It’s the messaging, stupid!

What liberals thereby admit — wittingly or not — is that the information put into the public square, and how it gets put there, can be determinative. That’s a huge admission on their part. What liberals accuse the Russians of doing is what the Liberal Media Complex have done every election cycle for decades, and continue to do even when an election is over.

Case in point. One recalls the months between Barack Obama’s 2008 election victory and his inauguration in January 2009. Many in the liberal media queried with breathless enthusiasm … Must we wait until January to have this brilliant man and his team of geniuses take the reins of power? Forget what the U.S. Constitution says. Can we not just inaugurate Obama in November or December of 2008? Just do it!

Contrast that with the atmosphere of foreboding after Donald Trump’s recent victory … We must prevent Trump from taking the reins of power. We beg those of you in the Electoral College to ignore your constitutional duty. Deny this awful man and his team of intellectual delinquents any access to the White House. Just do it!

Nothing upsets the liberal establishment more than getting beat at their own game. In 2016, Donald Trump beat them, indeed humiliated them, at their ‘messaging’ game. So, they hate the man and still want to undo him somehow. Their parade of animus and negativity continues unabated.

As for the Liberal Media Complex, they’ve shown their hand. Claiming a mantle of journalistic integrity, they brazenly attempt to impact our political discourse in favor of chosen candidates and causes. That’s not journalism. It’s political advocacy. They damn themselves.

How the Media Rob Us of Hope

It has taken a long time, decades in fact. But the Liberal Media Complex accomplished what they set out to do. They trained Democrats and Republicans how to behave. Perhaps the liberal media are to be congratulated on a job well done. Then again, maybe they ought to be condemned for having degraded political discourse and weakened our democracy.

The liberal media have trained Democrats to stand tall and say whatever they want, with little to no fear of negative repercussion. That is why Democrat presidents, and their surrogates, routinely deny requests for special counsels to investigate their scandals — something Barack Obama did repeatedly. And they do so without pushback from our vaunted media hounds. You know, the ones charged with ‘speaking truth to power’ … blah, blah, blah.

The same liberal media have trained Republicans to cower with their tails between their legs, waiting to be beaten. This is why Republicans break ranks and turn on a President of their own party, under relentless attack, until they cave and appoint special counsels or establish congressional investigative committees or special commissions; to their own detriment and the detriment of whatever agenda the voters duly elected them to pursue.

This is how it works in Washington, DC. Democrats boldly storm about the place, as though they are in charge, even when they are out of the White House and a congressional minority. Republicans, on the other hand, even when they control the White House and both houses of Congress, cower when the liberal media raise a threatening hand.

Folks … this has got to stop.

One held hope, as President Trump came into office, that perhaps it would stop, that Republicans … finally … would find a voice and some self-respect. But with all the momentum currently against them, and the liberal media breathlessly, relentlessly in attack mode, that hope teeters on the brink.

Republicans, Wake Up! … Before It’s Too Late

For eight years, President George W. Bush acted as though it was beneath him to defend himself and his party against relentless, withering assault from Democrats and the Liberal Media Complex. Then, along came left-wing wunderkind Barack Obama; and the Complex just couldn’t get enough of the guy.

With outgoing President Bush likened to The Plague, incoming Republican standard-bearer, John McCain, reliably feckless, and the U.S. economy cratering (as if on cue), it was no wonder voters, in 2008, gave Democrats the keys to the capital city: White House, House of Representatives and a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate.

Democrats spent the next two years having their way with our government and our economy – in other words, careening full-throttle toward Socialism. And voters said, “What the heck? We didn’t vote for this!”

In 2010, voters awarded Republicans the U.S. House of Representatives. In 2014, the Senate. In 2016, the White House. Which begs the question: Why is it now so hard for Republicans to behave like a party in power?

From a public relations standpoint, congressional Democrats are running well-orchestrated circles around their Republican counterparts, who come off, by contrast, as bumbling chumps. For example, when your party controls the Senate, you don’t agree to hold Senate hearings on Russia’s purported collusion with your own presidential candidate in the 2016 election, while ignoring the potential shenanigans of the opposing party. But, that’s what Republicans are doing. The mind boggles at this level of political incompetence.

President Trump has enough on his plate, trying to get his fledgling administration off the ground, all the while taking flak from a Democrat party and a Liberal Media Complex openly determined to destroy him. The President should be able to rely on other Republicans to stand up for him and for themselves; and at the very least, not behave like bush-league amateurs who stumbled onto the main stage.

It’s enough to make voters cry foul. Or at least say, “What the heck? We didn’t vote for this!”