Laughter is the Best Medicine for a Sick Country

Molly Ivins:

There are two kinds of humor. One kind that makes us chuckle about our foibles and our shared humanity — like what Garrison Keillor does. The other kind holds people up to public contempt and ridicule — that’s what I do. Satire is traditionally the weapon of the powerless against the powerful. I only aim at the powerful. When satire is aimed at the powerless, it is not only cruel — it’s vulgar.

All In The Family premiered in 1971. Things had calmed down a bit since 1968, but the culture war was still pretty lively. Archie and Mike represented the polar opposites of Right and Left as well as the divide between Boomers and their parents. (In the long run, Mike turned out to be the real jerk.)

All in the Family didn’t “take on” the culture war. It used humor to bring people together. Both sides could watch the show and find things to laugh at and characters to like. It helped heal the breach that existed in America back then.

There is a reason that the far right and the left both hate Trump. He is winning the Middle. He is healing the breach. We didn’t get here overnight, and we won’t get out of this mess by tomorrow. But we are heading in the right direction.

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171 Responses to Laughter is the Best Medicine for a Sick Country

  1. Myiq2xu™ says:

    • 49erDweet says:

      ……and joins the millions of other “learned folk” who subconsciously fudge biblical concepts in order to fit them into their own personal lifestyles and inclinations.

    • Underwhelmed says:

      Not everyone who calls me, Lord, Lord, shall enter the kingdom of heaven.

  2. taw46 says:

  3. Myiq2xu™ says:

  4. Dora says:

    Oh no. They shouldn’t be so dumb as to go back!

  5. Myiq2xu™ says:

  6. taw46 says:

    • taw46 says:

      That’s a good thing. But, will this once again delay the release of the IG report?

      • Lulu says:

        They probably already have the evidence and need to write it up. The same principals were all involved in the Hillary Email/Server fraud investigation. When the IG got the Hillary shit he got the dossier shit too. Both conspiracies were running more or less concurrently I think. They seem to have had trouble “chewing gum” (Hillary crap) and “walking” (piss Steele dossier) at the same time. IG has two years!!!! of the cretinous Strozk and Page emails. I think it all be released in installments like GOT episodes.

        • taw46 says:

          If the report goes as we think (hope) it will, I look forward to installments. Weeks of fun!!!!

  7. Myiq2xu™ says:

    • elliesmom says:

      Because Teen Vogue is such an authority on things like this, I promise to never promote any black performer ever in any way. But first I have to go apologize to Ellie for using her dogface as my avatar. It’s cruelty to the poor thing for to think her face is cute.

    • 49erDweet says:

      Filed under “people who are too full of themselves to be held responsible for their muttered utterances”.

  8. helenk3 says:

    Trump fires Secretary of VA. just announced on FOX

    • Cisco says:

      If you’re not doing the job…your fired.
      Managements prerogative.

      • Cisco says:

        Well, here’s the new guy.
        “I am pleased to announce that I intend to nominate highly respected Admiral Ronny L. Jackson, MD, as the new Secretary of Veterans Affairs….”
        PDJT on Twitter.

      • SHV says:

        Al works at the VA and Shulkin did nothing….same lack of accountability and VA administrators doing CYA. That European trip with his wife is typical of VA admin. culture.

        • Cisco says:

          Plus he was a Obama leftover.
          I wouldn’t have kept him around.
          Shulkin, 58, led the Veterans Health Administration for two years under Obama, and was confirmed as Trump‘s nominee to head the VA on a 99-0 Senate vote. Veterans groups and congressional leaders from both parties have praised his efforts to increase accountability, improve health care and over

          • Somebody says:

            Trump interviewed lo5s of great candidates like the director of Cleveland Clinic, but they all turned him down because the VA is so messed up. Only Pete Hegseth was interested, still is but obviously POTUS doesn’t think he has the chops.

            Anyway because he kept interviewing and getting turned down is why he went with Shulkin.

          • mcnorman says:

            I can tell you first hand that things got worse at the VA under Shulkin.

          • SHV says:

            ” Veterans groups and congressional leaders..”
            That’s also part of the problem…same dynamic as “Union Leaders” and congressional leaders…The guys wearing the VFW hats who’s military experience was sitting at a desk at Ft. Riley whining for more benefits and sucking up the resources needed by a combat vet who legs were blown off by an IED.

        • Myiq2xu™ says:

          It’s not that the VA is unusually corrupt or inefficient compared to other government agencies. The problem is their mistakes cost lives.

    • Underwhelmed says:

      Good. These people are so stupid. What did they think The Apprentice was, an alternative reality fantasy? You do the job right, fine. You don’t, you’re gone. The professional desk jockeys and idiot pundits just can’t cope with people being held accountable. They’ve never had to risk their own money for anything.

      • Constance says:

        What cracks me up is when the talking heads refer to the “chaos” in the white house. They are so used to a do nothing in the white house (Obama and Bush) that someone who actually shows up and works and accomplishes goals feels like chaos to them!

  9. helenk3 says:

    because I am interested in transportation

  10. blowme0bama says:

    Scott Presler is doing an AMA on The_Donald. I know several folks here enjoy his tweets.

  11. DeniseVB says:

    Sigh. True story…….

  12. Niles says:

  13. Myiq2xu™ says:

    • lyn says:

      Nope. It’s all about tolerance, and Trump supporters are more tolerant than Leftists.

    • mothy2017 says:

      None of the commentators know of what the fuck they speak.

    • Somebody says:

      Trump IS a populist and his voters are mostly moderate. Blue collar D’s, blue dog D’s, moderate R’s, independents, etc.

      The Trump voters I know want people to be free to live their lives the way they want, provided they don’t cross the line into violating others rights. You’re gay, cool. You want to marry your partner, go for it. Shut up and bake me a gay cake, hold on a minute.

      As far as abortion the vast majority in this country find late term abortion abhorrent, it’s the left that is out of sync with society.

      • elliesmom says:

        That’s me to a tee.

      • Constance says:

        I think Trump ought to run an ad saying “I’ve been President for 14 months with a Republican majority in the House and Senate and gays can still get married and have legal protections to stop discrimination against them. Birth control and abortion are still legal. Unemployment is at historical lows for Blacks and Hispanics and the economy has been great for everyone. Lighten up Libs, your fears were obviously unfounded.”

    • DandyTIger says:

      Ben often shows what a complete idiot he is. And why Milo loves to make fun of him. This is one of those occasions. Ben, you’re an idiot. Conservatives and moderates are extremely tolerant, and are open about difference in their families. They don’t have a problem with that. They have a problem when someone says they’re racist or when someone says you have to use this pronoun or you will go to jail. Basically they have a problem with Nazis.

      • Mt.Laurel says:

        Ben occasionally manages to rise above sea level only to be dragged down again by the weight of his overfed ego. His view is the only acceptable view of conservatism and he does not acknowledge even the existence or value of more moderate viewpoints.

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  16. SHV says:

    “legalized full auto”
    Full auto firearms are already legal; background check, paper work, $200 Fed. tax stamp and Viet Nam era M-60 machine gun can be yours. The real pain in the ass is “Hughes Amendment” which prohibits ownership of full auto firearms manufactured after May(?) 1986. New campaign slogan: “Repeal the Hughes Amendment” !!

  17. lyn says:

    Donations to the NRA tripled after the Parkland shooting. Thank the Snotzis!

  18. Myiq2xu™ says:

    • elliesmom says:

      How about we all stay out of Melania’s personal life? She’s not an elected official.

    • lyn says:

      I think most girls like Melania as FLOTUS.

    • taw46 says:

      They have been attacking Melania for months now on Twitter. Just horrible stuff to read. Bullying her to leave him. US magazine had an article about her today.

    • Mt.Laurel says:

      I love that the femanazis NOW are whining about Hildegarde not leaving her meal ticket..

      Bill probably thanks the fates everyday that Hillary only wanted a ride on his coattails and never looked at him the way you can catch Melania looking at PT. Would have scared the beejesus out of him. Can you imagine Hillary actually being attracted to him? He would have had no peace and any woman over 5 and under 95 in his orbit would have been worried about being Arkancided. And likely a significant number of men – just in case.

    • Constance says:

      S. E.Cupp needs to stop pushing a fairy tale view of marriage which is damaging to little girls (and everyone). Melania married a Billionaire and has been living the life style for the last 15-20 years. Melania is Trumps third wife and he publicly cheated on his first two wives. I would guess she is getting what she expected and she doesn’t seem unhappy with her lot in life.

  19. taw46 says:

    He wants documents on Soros.

  20. taw46 says:

    FFS, these people are insane. This Politico reporter has started a rumor that Trump’s doctor lied about his medical exam because he was angling for a Cabinet job.

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  22. Underwhelmed says:

    Like the man said, never interrupt your enemy when he’s in the middle of making a mistake.

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  27. Lulu says:

    Boy howdy. The citizenship question on the 2020 census has caused the prog Dems to unmask themselves just like tax reform reducing SALT deductions for high blue (mostly) tax states. If it wasn’t for cost shifting and pumping up population totals to over-represent (and affect one citizen one vote) Democrats in Congress and state legislatures they would have no governing principles plans at all.

    As many blue states and blue cities de-populate due to crushing taxes and other policies like cheap labor for some businesses while passing the social costs of those workers on to taxpayers, regions and especially blue cities encourage non-citizens (illegal and otherwise) to replace migrating citizens with the foreign born and non-citizens. This keeps their population totals, federal grant money, and apportioned state and federal legislative clout the same which is not the intent of the census. The public seems to instinctively understand what has been going on even though the media refuses to cover, discuss, or inform anything but racist! and everyone in the world gets their own US Congressman! because… Eric Holder will sue!

    SALT AND Census. It is how to wipe out progs. Cut the money off. stop cost shifting and extorting other people’s money to pay for foreign born districts. Make them pay for their own shit. Then see how “progressive” they are. You can tell how close PDJT is to the target by how hysterical and litigious Eric Holder is.

    • taw46 says:

      I will admit to getting a little down at times hearing MSNBC, my relatives, and their friends go on with their Trump hatred. Then something like this comes along and I perk up again, lol. Majority of the left has no idea what is happening inside the Trump administration, just the way I like it.

    • Constance says:

      Along this line President Trump needs to go after the Progressive mouth pieces and make it mandatory for cable and satellite TV companies to offer a la carte packages. That would force a lot of liberal channels right out of business. Right now the Media Cartel is still allowed to extort payments from conservatives and moderates to support Progressive mouth pieces.

    • taw46 says:

      Hoping we will see the DOJ charge more personnel for leaking. What about the ones at the top? Where are those charges?

  28. mothy2017 says:

    As I wait for the coffee to brew I was thinking about how the splintered TV audience has empowered the proggies. It takes a small loyal audience to create a hit today. Few shows of today would have survived in the past. The small numbers for hits I think give hollywierd a deluded sense of importance. They believe they are shaping society. I guess to an extent they do, but feel they greatly exaggerate their worth. Looks like netflix is forgetting it’s purpose. Roseanne has twice upset the apple cart.

  29. Dora says:

  30. taw46 says:

    • Cisco says:

      Obama regime…the most corrupt in American history.
      Now the question is, when will the supeonas and indictments start?

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  32. helenk3 says:

    JFK must be turning in his grave. the left just gave the mayor of New Orleans the profiles in courage award for tearing down confederate statues in the middle of the night. Oh Yeah that takes real courage NOT

    • NewOrleans says:

      A real profile in courage.

      Mary Landrieu’s scumbag brother has been cheating on his white wife with his black mistress for years. With her, he had his first bi-racial baby. HISTORIC! Of course, he’s got multiple other white children from multiple other mistresses, but they don’t count.

      The Mitch Landrieus have been playing happy husband/wife in public until their teenage son graduates from high school this year. Then, they can “separate” – with dignity, of course – and Mitch can get his Jungle Fever on in public. His plan to be in the Clinton administration – unfortunately (for him) – didn’t pan out. He’s desperate to lead some other black organization. That’s why all the recent “Mitch for President” talk.

    • Cisco says:

      It has as much value now as Obama’s Peace award.

  33. DeniseVB says:

    For the Broadway geeks…..

    • lateblum says:

      I hope they have better sound on Sunday. I’ve never seen this – even though I’ve had opportunities – and can’t understand what Legend is saying over the music.

      • DeniseVB says:

        My first thought too….crappy sound system. When I watched it again, it was a live rehearsal, probably taken on a sh*tty cell phone camera 🙂

        • lateblum says:

          You’re probably right. (I hope so) otherwise, I hope they’ve rec’d feedback on this little taste of JCS and will improve it. Today I’m buying my tkts to see JCS at the lyric this May. I have wanted to see this for a very long time. I’m so looking forward to it.

  34. Dora says:

    Obama HHS Abortion Mandate Suffers Massive Defeat, Can’t Force Catholic Employers to Fund Abortions

    The Obama HHS abortion mandate has suffered another massive defeat.

    After the Obama Administration put it in place and attempted to force Christians across the country to fund abortion drugs in their employee health care plans, it faced major lawsuits from organizations like Little Sisters of the Poor to businesses like Hobby Lobby. Now an association of Catholic employers is the latest organization to win a victory in court against the Obama administration’s abortion agenda.

  35. helenk3 says:

    I cancelled my netflix. Not really that big of a sacrifice as I have hulu and amazon prime and watch them more anyhow

    • Cisco says:

      The lib’s aren’t the only ones that can boycott.

    • mothy2017 says:

      Drop down box for why I wrote Rice. When a must see show comes on i’ll subscribe for a month for da brat.

    • DeniseVB says:

      The new tv guide lists the 65 best scripted episodes of the 21st century (what, the past 18 years?). They also included where you can watch them. Mostly on the Hulu and Amazon video channels. Was surprised to see very few Netflix. The major nets have their own streaming libraries too, so for the classics, I’m sure you can find them there.

  36. taw46 says:

    “Every day that they fail to act, more students are being politically abused. And politically abused children will show up at rallies against the Bill of Rights, they will threaten conservative speakers, phone in bomb threats and scream that any contrary opinion is an attack on their existence. The college campus radicals of tomorrow are coming out of today’s K-12 classrooms. And if we fail to act, then the left will win.
    “We’ll get you through your children,” has become not just an empty threat, but a prophecy.
    It’s time for our elected officials to help us get back our children from their leftist political kidnappers.”

  37. Cisco says:

    Looks like the anti-2nd Amendment crowd don’t put their money where their mouth is.

  38. taw46 says:

    Obama will never pay for all of his crime and corruption.

    “The Obama administration risked the Social Security benefits of millions of Americans to advance DACA amnesty, a Temple University law professor claims.
    Jan Ting, writing in the Washington Times, says the Obama administration secretly ended a policy to prevent Social Security fraud, all to ensure that illegal immigrants eligible for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program were not dissuaded from applying to the program because they’ve used false Social Security numbers.”

    • lateblum says:

      I sincerely believe Obama and his gang of mercinaries will never pay for their treasonous behavior. The things we know, the things we are just learning, and those we may never learn, will more than substantiate our feelings about him and them, but it will do nothing to bring him/them down or cost them a tad of respect and idolizations from core supporters. When I mention Benghazi, or the IRS scandal (What scandal?), or Fast and Furious or anything else, my liberal friends say, “I still like him and nothing you say can change that”, no one will charge the “First Black President” with a parking ticket much less for a major, major crime against the US. I doubt he/they will be questioned. It is what keeps me so discouraged.

  39. Dora says:

    RIP Rusty.

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