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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Trump rallies and ever more opportunities for Internet Outrage

Posted By on Tue, Jan 19, 2016 at 11:26 AM

If it were an SNL routine, folks would would be falling all all over themselves with laughter. Instead, because it happened at a Donald Trump rally, all-too-many have been engaging in their favorite Internet activity - outrage, which liberals and conservatives enjoy in equal measure.

In this particular case, it is the recent Trump rally during which three young girls sang a song in tribute to America’s would-be Strong Man, to the wild enjoyment of the audience. Here are some of the lyrics:

Cowardice

Are you serious?
Apologies for freedom, I can’t handle this.
When freedom rings, answer the call!
On your feet, stand up tall!
Freedom's on our shoulders, USA!
Enemies of freedom face the music, c'mon boys, take them down
President Donald Trump knows how to make America great
Deal from strength or get crushed every time


To see both the performance and the enthusiastic response of the crowd:

http://m.motherjones.com/mojo/2016/01/freedom-girls-donald-trump-rally

Every so often I point out that I have, on occasion, written what passes in some quarters for humor. And this was funny.

More than, it was hilarious. It was as though someone didn’t care much for the jingoism or the cliches that emerge from the Trump campaign, and wanted to push the envelope, just to see what they could get away with.

Just how the song passed muster, I’ll never know.

Because it ain’t just funny or hilarious, Backlogged Reader, it is outrageous. It’s pure satire. It should be watched by anyone who appreciates the insanity that can emerge from political campaigns.

But no . . .
For the most part, it has provided yet another opportunity for the malady known as Internet Outrage, the technological version of Letter to the Editor Outrage. I have read such humorless posts comparing these young girls to the Hitler youth, and even suggestions that they be taken away from their parents and put into foster care.

And, yeah, before you ask, Donald Trump scars the hell out of me, but pitiable displays like this don’t frighten me so much as make me wonder how these young girls will feel about this in years to come - cuz thanks to the Internet, every boneheaded thing we do - either of our own volition or put up to it by idiotic grownups - lives on for years.

My feelings fall into several categories on this one. I hate it when kids are manipulated - “Hey, kids! A chance to perform before thousands of people!” - and I am disgusted yet again at the singular lack of humor and sense of proportion so many of my fellow liberals seem to exhibit.

To be honest, though, it is a trait they share with so many conservatives.

And Libertarians.

And Green Party members.

And bloggers.

And ______, well, you fill in the blank.

And lastly, I am repulsed, as ever, with Internet Outrage, the need not only to overreact, but to drag others into your emotional dungeon.

Honestly, if you watched this and didn’t laugh, you probably need to turn off the computer for a few days, and get back in touch with the real world.

In fact . . . in fact . . . in fact . . .
. . . in fact, I’d better stop writing at this point; I’m feeling a strong case of Internet Outrage myself, just thinking about all the humorless folk in the world.

Oh, the humanity . . .

******

Today’s Soundtrack

Today’s blog was written with the assistance of the original Broadway cast recording of Camelot. Cuz I’m a show tunes kind of guy . . .

*****

Quote of the Day

Sometimes I would almost rather have people take away years of my life than take away a moment. - Pearl Bailey, "Talking to Myself"

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