Life in the Box: Opposites in Humor
After watching coverage of the Republican debates of August 6, 2015, I started wondering why people are attracted to abrasive people like D. Trump. Focus groups of Republican women in Iowa said, “He’s so funny!”
Okay, that made me remember that old radio clown, Rush Limbaugh, and even before him, the abusive comedian, Don Rickles.*
People laugh at them because they are not polite, or rather, because they are the opposite of polite. They get away with saying things we’d never be able to say, even if we agreed with them.
So, that got me thinking about how a cartoonist could depict Donald Trump and President Obama as opposites in a circus mirror. Every attitude they express is opposite the other. Since I’m not a cartoonist, I resorted to a chart. See below. Oh, and my sources are the same as Trump’s sources on immigration. (That’s an inside joke for those who watched the debate.**)
My other thought on the matter, other than I don’t really think Donald, Rush, or Don should be President, is that I also never thought they were funny. I know, it’s ridiculous of me to mention that.
|Married three times, five children
|One long-term marriage, two children
|Work hard, get wealthy.
|Work hard, help self and others
|Wants to be thought of as a billionaire.***
|Wants all Americans to have enough wealth.
|Kindness is not important, and is a sign of weakness.
|Kindness and caring are important, and are signs of strength.
|Will sue anyone that doesn’t say he’s a multi-billionaire (even though he apparently isn’t.)***
|Has more personal integrity than any other national leader on the planet.
|Uses word-of-mouth and gut feelings about immigration. Makes stuff up.
|Use of facts
|States sources of facts, uses factual basis for policy-making.
|It’s all about being top dog, best, richest, smartest, and winning.
|Soft-spoken, brags of other people’s accomplishments more than his own.
|Best way to get attention
|Be Intelligent and Thoughtful
|Best way to relate to people
|Angry about other people getting things for free.
|Attitude toward less fortunate people
|Willing to offer free things to those who need it.
|Bankruptcy is just another way to get a good bargain.
|Appears to be solvent. I can’t find any evidence to the contrary
|Doesn’t. Everyone (other than Donald) is dumb, fat, and stupid. Includes family members, some of whom are also “lazy.”***
|Seeing the best in other people
|Looks for common ground. Accentuates the positive.
|Likes to make people uncomfortable; doesn’t mind inflicting emotional pain on others by suing them, even if he knows he won’t win. ***
|Likes to make people comfortable.
|Talking about self
|Taking the high road
|Do this often
|Be sneaky; everyone else is out to steal your thunder.
|Best way to solve problems; lay your cards on the table.
|Doesn’t have one.
|Use it for the good of self.
|Use it for the good of all.
Nancy Heather Brown is an Emmy Award-winning television producer whose career has included interviewing, writing, and editing for a span of four decades. Today, she uses gems from this treasure trove of life stories to add sparkle to her reflections on the creative process both inside and outside the box.