The post about how the Democratic hate-mongering campaign against President Trump has stopped him from continuing the century old tradition of POTUS symbolically signalling the beginning of the baseball season with a ceremonial first pitch inspired another Comment of the Day from Steve-O-in NJ, on the related topic of jerks.
Part of his commentary below evokes TV comics, who, as he notes, have become entirely one-party, partisan shills, and if that leaves humor in the dust, so be it.
Last night, reacting to news that Ivanka Trump would be an unpaid but official advisor to her father, Daily Show host Trevor Noah played a clip of an old interview with Ivanka by Leslie Stahl, in which the First Daughter answered a question about whether she would be active in the administration, saying,
“Um no, I’m going to be a daughter.”
“And a liar!” quipped Noah. HAHAHAHAHA! Isn’t that funny? HAHAHAHAHA! He’s a vile, unfunny, dumb partisan hack. What she said wasn’t a promise, and it wasn’t a pledge. Even if it was uttered by Ivanka under oath, it couldn’t be called a lie, or even hypocrisy, unless there is reason to believe that she said this knowing it wouldn’t be true. Proof, please, Mr, Noah, you asshole.
That’s what she thought was the case then; now conditions have changed, and she decided to do something else. If a woman, say, Ivanka Trump, said on TV, “I’m going to marry Trevor Noah,” and then, having seen what a miserable jerk he is on TV, decided not to marry him, would that mean she was lying when she said she would? Do these relentless leftist hit-comics —Bee, Oliver, Maher, Colbert, Kimmel, et al, or the right-oriented…wait, there are no right-oriented comics—have any integrity at all? Decency? Or a dictionary? The people who find Noah’s attack on Ivanka hilarious are the same people who were glad she was harassed on an airplane, and who organized a boycott of her products. You know. Jerks.
Mega Jerk Noah then detoured into news that former South Korea President Park Geun-hye would be jailed for corruption. “Wow, a president impeached, removed from office and thrown in jail. Imagine that,” said Noah, “No, no, seriously, let’s all close our eyes and imagine that.”
I have Facebook friends who issue bile like this every day. It is simply, clearly, hate-mongering, citizens wishing ill on their nation’s leader, making two party government impossible, and fanning the flames of social unrest while proclaiming their own bias and ignorance. They want to jail the President of the United States because he beat their corrupt, incompetent candidate. Stalin would be so proud.
These are friends of mine, but their conduct is detestable and loathsome.
But I digress. Here is Steve-O-in NJ’s Comment of the Day on the post, President Trump Will Not Throw Out The First Ball Of The Baseball Season:
Someone compared me to Mr. Hyde or a werewolf, so I have to make sure I’ve taken my potion before I respond. Unfortunately, the jerks win a lot more than a lot of us would like to admit, as every kid who took the long way home to avoid the class bully, every girl who didn’t attend dances because she was marginalized by the queen bees, and three quarters of people who quit jobs (75% of resignations are due to not getting along with one’s immediate supervisor) can testify to. In the past the grown-up culture of this country had moved past jerkiness, now it thrives on it.
Part of it is the ease with which now anyone can say anything about anyone and have it cross cyberspace in the blink of an eye. Not only that, but now anyone with a couple of apps or Photoshop (if you spring for it) can easily make anyone look bad or create an image that can’t be unseen (I just got Photoshop, and a friend who serves me in the same role as Jiminy Cricket warned me to use it wisely and NOT to combine my photographic and rhetorical skills to cook up tasty, quickly digestible morsels of hate, bias, or disdain) . However, just because you can do something doesn’t mean you should.
Another part of it is the mainstreaming of jerkiness. Late-night comics and mainstream comics used to do some political humor, political humor has been around since the beginning of this country, but usually it didn’t take the form of all-attack all-the-time the way it has lately. Heck, in the wake of 9/11 Saturday Night Live actually portrayed Donald Rumsfeld as being more patient than he needed to be with wacky media types. Now every late-night comic, more than a few mainstream news anchors, and a whole network (MSNBC) do nothing but attack, attack, attack, and their audiences cheer them on. They cheer them on because civility is disappearing everywhere else in life. You just have to scroll through your social media feed to see a half-dozen videos of someone acting like a jerk to someone going viral. Why should anyone swallow their pride and keep the peace when he can curse someone out or get physical and get his 15 minutes of fame? Meantime kids with cameras on their cell phones show even worse judgment.
The last part of it is the intense political polarization in this country. I’ve talked about this a bunch of times, but the short version of it is that the line between the two political parties has been widening into a crack, then a chasm, and finally a canyon since the end of the Cold War. Now we’re reaching the point where it’s going to become a Biblical great gulf that no one can cross. We’re also reaching the point where political disagreement has become dislike, then despising, and now finally hatred. Neither side is completely blameless. Both parties have overreached, then retaliated, obstructed, and attacked. Bipartisanship is dead, and I think Gorsuch will, willingly or not, be the man who buries it. Once it’s buried, the next thing to go will be comity. Once that’s buried the ability to work together is next, and then the government will grind to a halt until one party or the other gets a supermajority.
What’s more, no official will be able to appear where the other party holds sway, or even appear at all, without getting slimed. It’s too bad, because there are some important historical anniversaries coming up in the next few years, including in two months, when we will have the centennial of the US entering WWI. Next November we will have the centennial of the victory in WWI, and, by all rights, the President should be standing on the battlefield in Flanders or Picardy with the President of France and British and Belgian royalty, to give a rousing speech honoring the fallen and reminding the world a century later what it was all about. It should be a speech fit to stand next to Reagan’s speech on the 40th anniversary of D-Day. At least he should deliver one from the Capitol before the assembled military, including some in uniform of the time, and at the very least he should deliver one from the Oval Office. At this point I’m willing to bet he does none of the above. He won’t be able to go to Europe because the local security services won’t be able to guarantee his safety, and he won’t deliver one here because it’s just going to be one more chance for the opposition to throw mud. Pathetic, and disrespectful to our history and traditions. Then again, history and tradition mean nothing to the left unless they are their history and traditions.