Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Over at Huffpo, Bruce Wilson worries that Rep. Roy Blunt's (R-MO) recent speech contained a "racism-tinged" joke. Let's go to the videotape:
Here's the transcript from the Huffpo link:
"You know, you can't control everything there is in life that you'd like to control. Supposedly, at the turn of the 19th Century, the end of the 19th Century - the beginning of the 20th Century, there was a group of British occupiers in a very lush, very quiet, very peaceful, very uneventful part of India. And this group of British soldiers who were occupying that part of India decided they'd carve a golf course put of the jungle of India. And there was really not that much else to do.Please take the poll below and/or flesh out your thoughts in the comments section.
So for over a year, this was the biggest event, getting this golf course created. And they got the golf course done and almost from the day the first ball was hit on this golf course something happened they didn't anticipate. Monkeys would come running out of the jungle [faint audience laughter] and they'd grab the golf balls. And if it was in the fairway they might throw it in the rough. And [if] it was in the rough they might throw it... they might throw it back at you! And I could go into great and long detail about how many things they did to try and eliminate the 'monkey problem.' But they never got it done, so finally this golf course and this golf course only, they passed a rule and the rule was - you have to play the ball where the monkey throws it. [audience laughter swells] And that is the rule in Washington all the time. You know... [clapping from audience]
You know the world is turned upside down when Al Franken is in the United States Senate and Tom Delay is going on "Dancing With the Stars" - that's when you know that things have changed in ways that you would have never anticipated."
True, a Liberal can make a joke on national TV about a Conservative Vice-Presidential candidate's underage daughter being raped, and its considered funny. A Conservative can tell a tame joke that he has told for years at various fund raisers, and suddenly it becomes the Worst Thing in the World, and is promptly considered to be racist by people who would not recognize real racism if it bit them in the tail.
I would imagine if Tom T. Hall released this song today instead of 1972, he would be locked up forever.
Roy Blunt made the same joke in 2006 in a speech he made to the Heritage Foundation. He got no flack then.
Most of the time offense is in the ear of the listener. Liberals have a target rich environment when it comes to being offended. They listen to things thru a broken filter and run off to organize marches.
Conservatives would just laugh at the joke and get back to work.
they passed a rule and the rule was - you have to play the ball where the monkey throws it. [audience laughter swells] And that is the rule in Washington all the time. You know... [clapping from audience]
Who do YOU think Blount was speaking about when he said this? And the audience was clapping because???
It "may be no worse than a David Letterman monologue joke" but Letterman is a paid satirist, and Blount is an elected official.
""Who do YOU think Blount was speaking about when he said this?"
Democrats. And Tom Delay, apparently.
"And the audience was clapping because???"
They don't like Democrats or Tom Delay.
Seeing everything through race-tinged glasses is a sick and sad way to go through life.
My father grew up in the Deep South in days of "whites only" drinking fountains. He told me a long time ago that if the person telling the joke looked around the room before they started the joke, you could tell they thought is was racist. If they didn't look around, they thought it was a funny joke.
I think the left is projecting a little of their guilt for all of the "Chimpy Bush Hitler" stuff onto this one, which Bolundo mentioned, was told often before President Obama was elected. I know I heard something similar a long time ago and it was directed at Washington bureaucrats.
You know, the race card gets less effective after it's played for the ten thousandth time in any given month.
I wonder if the progressives who come up with this stuff have really thought about their long term strategy here?
I'm with you anon 11:25 ... so call me a racist or the 10 zillionth time because I don't agree with the current president, who happens to be half-black. I don't like the half of him that's white either. Am I racist against white people, and terribly confused as a "European-American"? since apparently we're all from a fucking continent? I mean, I get it, he's brown. And I hear Boludo loud and clear ... I thought all day about this post and the 'evil chimp' junk from 8 years of GWB's presidency. The left was clearly outraged by that ... so to me, Obama has to take his lumps. There is a history of taking shots and busting on the president, and not kindly, that goes all the way back to Washington, so this boy needs to grow a thicker skin.
I do like people calling everyone a racist though ... I think it's energizing all those folks, like me, who could give two farts what his color is, but rather, care about what he's doing. This man is dangerous to the country, and his 15 minutes are up.
I dare congress to do the nuclear option on healthcare, and all the rest. I double dog dare them. We need the most people the most hacked off to show up next October and vote 'regime change'.