I remember reading a book when I was a kid about a king who was tired of his kingdom being full of mice, so he got a bunch of cats to chase them away. But now his kingdom was overrun with cats. So he got a bunch of dogs to chase them away. But now his kingdom is overrun with dogs (which I’m not sure why is a bad thing), so he got lions to chase away the dogs. Of course lions — being larger versions of cats — are much worse to have around, so he got elephants to chase away the lions. But now the kingdom was full of elephants, so he got mice to chase away the elephants and then we’re back where we started.
Politics is a lot like this, but for the cycle there’s just Democrats and Republicans.
“Our country is overrun with Democrats! Let’s get some Republicans to chase them away!”
“Oh no! Now our country is overrun with Republicans! Let’s get some Democrats to chase them away!”
The Democrats were counting on this cycle with that Georgia special election. Trump is unpopular, so they were thinking that people would want them — which is this error they’ve been constantly making. But the Democrats awfulness is still too much in people’s minds. Thinking Trump is a moron, boorish clout is still not the same as thinking Democrats are better. Of course the big question is will people still remember how much they disliked Democrats in 2018?
At the end of the story, I think the king learned to like living with the mice. Maybe a better ending would be to instead use traps to get rid of the mice. For a while, you’d have traps everywhere, but then eventually you would dispose of them and everything would be good. I’m not sure there’s a political analogy to that, but the question should be how to do we get out of this cycle?
Comedians these days just aren’t as funny as comedians used to be.
Maybe it’s the language. Sure, not all comedians use salty language in their comedy routines, but many do. And those that do are the ones I’m talking about when I say that comedians today aren’t as funny as comedians used to be. But, I could be wrong.
One of the all-time greats was Bob Hope. I remember watching his specials on TV when I was a child. Sure, his humor was silly and stupid — not Three Stooges stupid, but still some of it was stupid. But, he was funny.
Remember hearing the strains to “Thanks for the Memory” and know that it was time to go into the TV room and watching an hour or so of something that had funny stuff? Well, I do.
I always through of that song as the Bob Hope Theme. But, it was an actual song, as I learned when I was old enough to ask such things. But, I’ve never seen the movie it’s from.
I need to check that movie out some time. Right now, though, I’m awaiting some more current, profanity-free entertainment. From you. Because it’s Wednesday Night Open Thread. Your turn to take over and lead the conversation. Some of it better be funny. Or we’ll send you to bed before Joey Heatherton appears on stage with Bob Hope.