20
May
09

Funny is funny

I approve of the “Tea Party” protests.  I believe that taxation is theft, and that the only difference between a mugger and a Revenue Canada bureaucrat is that the mugger needs enough sisu to risk s/h/its life and/or freedom while the bureaucrat can hide cringingly behind the shield of other government thugs with guns.  I’m rather exasperated with the Republicans (most of ‘em) who have, like the prodigal son, only returned to their fold after fucking the dog long and hard enough to get their lesions infected, but like the Biblical dad* I’m pleased to see someone returning to the small-government community.

Nonetheless, I giggle like a schoolgirl every time I come across the epithet “tea-bagger“.  How can you not? It’s fucking funny.

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* Sort of — I’m most emphatically not a Republican, and won’t be until they can cure themselves of their irrational hatred of gays, atheists, and immigrants.  Still, there are enough parallels for the analogy to hold.


7 Responses to “Funny is funny”


  1. May 20, 2009 at 23:30

    Heh. It is funny, although it would probably be funnier if those telling such jokes were a bit evenhanded in their deistribution of such jabs.

    Some of us never left the small government fold. Unfortunately, very few people voting for either/any party actually put any serious thought into why they vote, for whom they vote, or what they expect from their public servants in exchange for their vote. This leaves those of us who do with what are sometimes odious but necessary compromises to make.

    As for your other points, I can only speak for myself, but I don’t hate:

    Gays. I may disagree with their lifestyle, and resent pressure to accept it as morally equivalent (which I don’t, for purely theological reasons), but I don’t treat them personally different because of that theology, and I believe they should have the same rights as anyone else. What those rights are and how they’ve been abrogated for everyone, well, on that point I disagree with most of both sides — the Devil is in the details;

    Atheists. I think that their beliefs, and mine for that matter, should be expected to play by the same rules in presenting themselves in any given forum (the same freedoms and/or restrictions, as the case may be);

    Immigrants. Hell, I’m descended from them, and encouraged one (you) in another post on this very blog. But I DO believe that if you’re going to be one, you should go about it by the rules, and I believe that as a sovereign nation we have a right AND a vested interest in making sure you do so. But if you do, I’ll be the first to welcome you — high fences don’t preclude wide gates.

    • May 20, 2009 at 23:38

      Jokers aren’t usually even-handed, but that doesn’t make them less amusing. Bill Hicks and Larry the Cable Guy sure aren’t even-handed in their jabs, but both of ‘em make me chuckle.

      Anyway, I didn’t mean to imply that all Republicans went in for the authoritarian neo-imperialism of the past (roughly speaking) decade. In fact, I think the tea parties have shown that the grassroots of the Republican party are much closer to Goldwater’s ideal than the GOP leadership would like to believe.

  2. May 21, 2009 at 00:20

    Bill Hicks and Larry the Cable Guy sure aren’t even-handed in their jabs, but both of ‘em make me chuckle.

    I beg to differ — at least with Larry, I’ve never followed Bill Hicks. Larry’s humor, and that of the rest of the “Blue Collar Comedians”, tends to be as much self-deprecation as it is mockery. I do see your point with regards to guys like Dennis Miller. I gues it’s just that, with the enor of most of the popular media culture, such humor, no matter how witty and humorous, wears thin when you’e the butt of it all the fucking time.

    Eh, I’m not sure we’d agree on national security and foreign policy issues, but I AM sure we’d agree that the threat posed by the domestic policies of the Left ARE a ‘clear and present danger”.

    • May 21, 2009 at 00:43

      I beg to differ — at least with Larry, I’ve never followed Bill Hicks. Larry’s humor, and that of the rest of the “Blue Collar Comedians”, tends to be as much self-deprecation as it is mockery.

      Agreed. What I meant (and, in retrospect, didn’t say) wasn’t that Bill and Larry were one-sided in their comedy, but that they wrote their jokes from very different points of view. I don’t think it’s possible to be a truly funny comedian without self-deprecation.

  3. May 21, 2009 at 22:32

    I’m emphatically NOT a Democrat, and won’t be until they get over their irrational hatred of Christians, hetrosexual marriages, and homeschoolers.

    Ptbbbbbb.

    • May 21, 2009 at 22:41

      Well… aside from our common ground on homeschooling, it looks like we have different reasons for not being Democrats. Isn’t diversity wonderful?

      (Funny how a throwaway post about a scrotum joke brings more comments to my blog than just about every deeply-considered political or philosophical rant I’ve typed up.)


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