Humor used skillfully cuts with the fineness of a scalpel and exposes the absurd to the full light of many suns. So it is today with A.B. Hinkle and Mark Steyn, both writing on Obama, the State of the Union Speech, and the conjoined beliefs of the left that government is the answer to all problems and, if the unwashed masses don't get it, then the answer is to explain it to them better. First up is Mr. Hinkle, giving voice to the unwashed masses:
This is a complex issue, and the longer it was debated, the more skeptical people became. I take my share of the blame for not explaining it more clearly to the American people.
--Barack Obama, State of the Union.
There's a lot in the bill that people are going to like. It's just a question of understanding it.
--ABC's Cokie Roberts, Dec. 20.
What are the immediate plans for recalibrating the message or intensifying the message to explain better to the American people what you're trying to do?
--Question to White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, Jan. 20.
It mighty big of man with nice voice to take blame like that. Him not need to. Head honchos not often take blame. Most times after big screw-up, head honchos say they have "full confidence" in someone who work for them -- right before pushing someone off edge of cliff, or letting someone twist "slowly, slowly" in wind, like tricky Nixon guy did with man who ran FBI.
Man with nice voice not like those other head honchos. Him bring change to Washington already, see?
But him right. Him not explain health care good. Use too many big words. Say too many compound-complex sentences. Confuse American people. American people not want that. American people want simple explanation. Simpler the better.
Me feel kind of sorry. It must really get on nerves for man with nice voice and people on his side, like lady on TV and cheerleaders in White House press pool. Why can't lamebrain American people get idea through thick skulls? Them not know how to make choices in own best interests! Need enlightened leaders to make choices for them. (Enlightened = smart. Me look this up in thing called "dictionary." Dictionary good! Try sometime!) . . .
I wonder if Hinkle is any relation to Mongo from Blazing Saddles.
At any rate, next up is Mark Steyn, who notes the mind killing, soul numbing verbosity of our Talker in Chief on his way to pointing out that, for Obama and the far left, there is but one answer to all life's problems - more government:
The world turns.
In Indonesia, the principal of a Muslim boarding school in Tangerang who is accused of impregnating a 15-year-old student says the DNA test will prove that a malevolent genie is the real father.
In New Zealand, a German tourist, Herr Hans Kurt Kubus, has been jailed for attempting to board a plane at Christchurch with 44 live lizards in his underpants.
In Britain, a research team at King’s College, London, has declared that the female “G-spot” does not, in fact, exist.
In France a group of top gynecologists led by M. Sylvain Mimoun has dismissed the findings, and said what do you expect if you ask a group of Englishmen to try to find a woman’s erogenous zone.
But in America Barack Obama is talking.
Talking, talking, talking. He talked for 70 minutes at the State of the Union. No matter how many geckos you shoveled down your briefs, you still lost all feeling in your legs. And still he talked. If you had an erogenous zone before he started, by the end it was undetectable even to Frenchmen. But on he talked. As respected poverty advocate Sen. John Edwards commented, “After the first hour, even my malevolent genie was back in the bottle.” . . .
Heh. Even Saul Alinsky recognized the value of humor in Rules for Radicals. But as we see, it is a sword for all to brandish. And as Obama and the left become carcatures of themselves, the humor nowdays practicaly writes itself.