You will no doubt be unsurprised to lean that, when I was a considerably younger man, my humor skewed in the direction of satire. But not the rapier-like sort I aspire to (and very occasionally achieve) these days. The object was to destroy any opposing views, and the weapon for that was a meat axe. Or a club. I might, in those days, have parodied a defender of the Confederate flag by having him say “Calm down, it’s just a symbol. Like a swastika. And it’s not like anybody has a problem with those.”
But not now. For one thing, I’m no longer a fan of the bludgeon. For another, it wouldn’t be a parody, because Dr. Ben Carson, being perfectly serious, just pretty much said that.