Let’s Have Some Fun… PLEASE!
Jack Hitt has a “comedic” piece in the New Yorker that details a series of historically inaccurate statements by conservatives:
1775: New Hampshire starts the American Revolution: “What I love about New Hampshire… You’re the state where the shot was heard around the world.”—Michele Bachmann
1776: The Founding Synod signs the Declaration of Independence: “…those fifty-six brave people, most of whom, by the way, were clergymen.”—Mike Huckabee
1787: Slavery is banned in the Constitution: “We also know that the very founders that wrote those documents worked tirelessly until slavery was no more in the United States.”—Michele Bachmann
1801: “Thomas Jefferson creates the Marines for the Islamic pirates that were happening.”—Glenn Beck
Now, I’m referring to this piece as “comedic” because if it is meant to convey any sort of serious commentary on specific conservatives or conservatism in general, then I would have to describe it as petty, trite, and a hit-piece that misses. So, in the spirit of assuming positive intent, yea, it’s comedic!
The Freakonomics Blog, one of the most maddeningly self-indulgent blogs I know, is attempting to use their (heavily moderated) comments section to draw up a similar list for liberals. Knowing what I know about their comments section, I don’t anticipate them to come up with much. And SURELY nothing that can compare to what I know our dedicated commentariat here can do. As the resident sports expert, I am formally issuing a challenge. Nay… a challenge is too weak. I’m throwing down the gauntlet! Bring it on, LoOGers! Surely we can come up with a better list about liberals than what the Freaks do. Hell, we can probably come up with a better list about conservatives than Hitt. And I know for damn sure that we’ll trump any other attempts at taking on Libertarians. So, have at it folks. Make me proud. Let’s laugh a little.
EDITOR’S NOTE: I will delete the crap out of any comment* that attempts to take this even semi-seriously. I mean it. This is intended to make us laugh. If someone mischaracterizes someone you enjoy… please let it slide. Trust that A) no one is going to change political ideology, their vote, or anything of substance over what ends up here and B) that most folks here know one or two errant comments does not a man or woman make.
*I won’t actually delete the comments. BUT I TOTALLY WILL IF YOU DO IT SO JUST DON’T DO IT!!! OHMYGODTHISISSOFUN!