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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Rodeo Shows Critical Difference Between Left and Right

Here's the Nonsense:  This rodeo clown in Missouri was way out of line.  This is way beyond acceptable to make fun of the president this way.  There should be an investigation and punishment for those who are involved.

Here's the Horse Sense:  There is something seriously wrong in our society when something like this even becomes news.  We have passed the point where people are any longer reasonable.  

There are many things I've talked about here regarding the difference between the left and right.  Many are ideological and philosophical.  But one that we really haven't talked about is more practical than all that and yet every bit as important.  That's the left's absolute inability to laugh at themselves.  The right is mercilessly attacked and poked fun at, often with crude, rude, and disgustingly dirty humor. And those on the right must laugh at themselves or suffer the unrelenting assault from the left.  In the left's eyes there is no greater sin than not being able to laugh at anything that mocks the right, even if you're a member of the right.  But heaven forbid if anything is said, even in a joking way about the left.  That is sacrilege.  And the saddest thing is that many on the right have not only allowed this hypocrisy, they've bought into it.
When I was brought up one of the things we learned was that if we wanted to get along with people in life we needed to understand that we weren't the center of the universe.  Today, however, that's not the case.  Our society is controlled by the left.  What is acceptable is defined and determined by the left.  Children are taught by our society that the individual is the center of everything.  EVERYTHING revolves around self.  Our children have the adults in our society as perfect role models of narcissism.  And along with the narcissism is the politically correct understanding that we cannot say anything about the left that would make fun of them.  They are so self-absorbed that they see it as nothing less than a monumental insult.
In modern history it has been common to make fun of Republican presidents.  Whether it was making fun of Gerald Ford's stumblings and other awkward movements, saying Ronald Reagan was falling asleep in meetings or becoming senile, making a list of "Bush-isms" to make fun of things George H. W. Bush said that might have been incorrect, or resurrecting "Bush-isms" against George W. Bush to try to make him look stupid, there's been constant teasing, ridiculing, joking, and even outright attacks against Republican presidents in modern times.  
Going back throughout history there have been these kinds of things done against presidents of both parties.  In the past Americans, including presidents, were able to laugh at their mistakes and gaffes.  But in recent times it's become only acceptable to do this to Republicans.  Democrats have become sacred.  And even more than any president in history, Barack Obama is not only seen as sacred, he is worshipped as their messiah and absolutely untouchable (although I don't understand how such a failed president should be seen as a savior).  To say anything against him is a horrific sin.  
And now, worse than anyone who has yet to say or do anything critical of this president, the WORST sin seems to have been committed.  A rodeo clown at the Missouri State Fair actually wore an Obama mask and elicited cheers from the crowd by asking if they'd like to see him run down by a bull.  So much outrage is being expressed that the clown has been banned for life from the fair, the fair officials are reviewing their contract with the Missouri Rodeo Cowboy Association who hires the clowns, some officials have resigned, the Fair is forcing all clowns to undergo sensitivity training, and the Missouri NAACP is asking for the Secret Service and Justice Department to investigate.  
All this because of a simple clown act.  David Berry, a Missouri Rodeo Cowboy Association member, stated that these clowns often dress as sitting presidents.  But what Mr. Berry and those supporting the clown who committed the heinous act don't understand is that this president is considered above all other presidents in history.  It doesn't matter that in 1994 a rodeo clown wore a George H. W. Bush mask in a similar scenario.  This president is different.

This president, we know, can't laugh at himself and neither can his followers.  Obviously when growing up this president didn't learn that when the other kids are joking around, possibly teasing or making fun of you for something, that the best way to win in the situation is to laugh at yourself.  If you determine your self worth by what someone else says about you, or to you, or makes fun of you about, then you lose.  It just comes down to being willing to laugh at yourself, even if there's nothing really funny in what they say.  When you don't do that, you allow them to win.
Now, let me make something clear here.  While I am talking about President Obama, I am NOT saying that he is upset about or even knows about this situation.  For all I know he might be laughing at the whole incident.  There are no reports that I know of discussing his reaction.  The point here is that the left can't laugh along with people who laugh at any of them, especially this president.  They see him as sacred and that anything, that's right ANYTHING, that isn't virtually worshipping this president as sinful behavior worthy only of the worst possible punishment (actually, they probably believe that the only worthy punishment for this is eternity in hell, but then I'm not sure they even understand what hell really is).  
This is political correctness that has driven our society so far off the track that the damage that it is doing can't even be measured.  The reason goes back to the narcissistic attitude of our society and moral failure we see throughout it.  We are getting worse and worse and don't even realize it.  C. S. Lewis once said, “When a man is getting better, he understands more and more clearly the evil that’s left in him. When a man is getting worse, he understands his own badness less and less.”  
That's our society today.  We won't accept a rodeo clown just being a rodeo clown, but we'll embrace and hold up as a role model people like Bill Clinton whose moral failures pushed the moral decay of our nation further into the pit.  Something is really wrong with a society that can't laugh at itself.  It's surely a sign of doom for our future.