Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Stepping Back from the Brink

"I want to rock and roll... until a reasonable hour, then get a good night's sleep before work on Monday," will never be a the lyrics of a hit single.  This is what I've been telling people for years when they go on about their favorite entertainer's political opinions.  The fact is, we do want to rock 'n' roll all night, and party ever-ry day, and there's noting wrong with wanting that.  Actually doing that is a whole 'nother matter.  Conservative values are not entertaining, and entertainers rarely espouse conservative values.

This idea never hits me so hard as it does every March when a group of friends and I go to Acme Comedy Club in Minneapolis for a friends birthday.  Because the other side of forgetting we shouldn't be getting our life advice from entertainers, is entertainers forgetting they're here to entertain, and not give life advice.  Over the years the more conservative among us have spent hours paying to have professional entertainers berate us, and everything we care about, which is not especially entertaining.

Until this year, that is.  This time was a little different.  These comedians got that not everyone agreed with them.  They saw a need to re-institute that line themselves.  They knew that some people would agree with hardcore insults to conservative people and values, but enough wouldn't to have a real effect on the audience.  I guess this is an unexpected upside to electing Trump.

I think so many thought that he couldn't possibly win that when he did people really had to reevaluate who it is we interact with everyday.  My other thought is, there have been so many people wildly over reacting that the average person, even the people who agree, just don't want to hear it any more.

The other day I read a comment from an entertainer saying something like, "It's hard to comment on the sofa when the drapes are on fire."  I'd agree... if the drapes were on fire.  I think we've elected the most embarrassing president we possibly could have, but this one guy isn't going to break the country.  I don't like this guy, I didn't like the last guy, and I probably won't like the next.  Now I'd like to pay to be entertained please.  Any takers?

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