Trump Times Entry 208 – Perhaps, If Were to Stop Shooting Ourselves in the Foot

Perhaps, If We Were to Stop Shooting Ourselves In the Foot

June 4, 2017

Gonna make this quick – we need to stop attacking our politically impure. Any progressive communicators lucky enough to be heard should ask themselves, “What’s to be gained by silencing Bill Maher, Kathy Griffin, Hillary Clinton or any other anti-fascist voice?”

When we scream “Shut up!” at Kathy for using, admittedly, tasteless imagery, we sing in harmony with fucking Ted Nugent. If we (and Ted) succeed is silencing her, Ted will get right back to creating his own tasteless metaphors – like his ever-popular lynching Obama series.

Progressive journalists demanding Maher be fired for using an inappropriate word is the definition of irony – or maybe hypocrisy. The “liberal” journalists who squanders column inches trying to deny another’s right to free speech is probably better suited writing for Info Wars rather than Huffington or MSNBC. You’d think with so much Trump related corruption going on they could find other, more interesting, topics to cover.

And when the press asks Clinton a question, she is allowed to answer in any damn way she chooses. The press, who did a shitty job during the election, is not entitled to critique how she answers. Whether her answers seem apologetic, self-serving or inadequate is not up to them; we don’t need the media’s take on Clinton’s attitude – we get it, they don’t like her.

There are real monsters afoot. Trump and his pack, Putin and his, religious zealots from across the spectrum all present serious immediate threats. They will viciously attack any progressive voice that gets too popular or “steps over the line” – they don’t need our help.

It’s been two-hundred-eight days since the impossible occurred and the Donald won. The mainstream media and the progressive press hold some responsibility for that anomaly by playing-it-safe. The republic is grateful for the shrill irreverent voices, provoking controversy, demonstrating to our chicken-shit press that free speech is not necessarily safe speech.

In Peace and Justice,
osv

Trump Times Entry 207 – The Real Threat: Out of Control Comedians

The Real Threat: Out of Control Comedians

June 3, 2017

Last night, Bill Maher said the “n-word” during his show – so, the left, the right and Twitter bots of all stripes went crazy. Maher used the word reflexively and actually pronounced the modern softer shorter form for the expletive during an interview with Congressman Ben Sasse (R-Neb.), as in “I’m a house n***a!”. His delivery played to mixed reaction – of course.

I suppose Bill may have been feeling left out, what with Kathy Griffin getting all the politically correct attention lately. Or, maybe, he was coming to her aid by drawing some of the self-righteous fire, maybe. Then again, perhaps he was really stoned and it just slipped out (most likely).

So, let’ see, Trump is selling us to Putin, an 80-year-old KKK fan is AG, Exxon CEO the Secretary of State, our police are acting like gangs with badges and the lead article on Huffington is about Maher’s vernacular and Twitter is trending #billmaher #hurtmyfeelings. Great.

Oh, and we have progressives joining the alt-right in demanding someone (Bill, Kathy) be silenced. Gotta love that “free speech for me, not you” bunch whatever their origin. A few tweeters even proclaimed they would not give Bill a pass, as if “a pass” were something theirs to grant.

Good grief, Maher performs on pay TV. He gets to say whatever he fucking wants in that venue. If you don’t like it – turn him off, cancel HBO, blowup your TV – just please stop whining. Save the self-righteous indignation for when Trump starts trying to control web content. (That would be now.)

Perhaps, the one interesting aspect to the Comedians Gone Wild week is that Bill Maher managed to generate as much right-wing attention with a single word as Kathy generated by sitting through a full photo-shoot. It’s ironic how, even at the bottom of shock comedy, women must work much harder than men just to be competitive.

Nevertheless, the republic needs comedic breaks from the Shakespearean tragedy playing out in the White House. It seems to go on forever. Hell, Macbeth only took one-hundred-ninety-two pages and we’ve already lived through two-hundred-seven days of post-election Trump imposed obscenity.

Nothing that any comedian can ever say will be as offensive as the Donald.

In Peace and Justice,
osv