"Patriots are not revolutionaries trying to overthrow the government of the United States.
Patriots are Counter-Revolutionaries trying to prevent the government from overthrowing the Constitution."
The Coach’s Team (TCT) offers the best in conservative essays along with articles taken from various internet sites. The victory of Donald Trump has provided a God-sent opportunity to reverse the years of willful damage done our nation by Barack Hussein Obama.
When I was six years old and my
brother was eight, each of us was given a quarter to spend in a candy store
before seeing a movie. I thought my quarter was a fortune, but not so my
brother. The third-grader was unhappy with the quantity of popcorn he
could get for his coin and complained to the shopkeeper. The impatient
shopkeeper asked my brother, "What do you want for 25 cents, the Brooklyn
Bridge?" My brother said, "Yeah, ya got any in stock?"
This exchange happened in the late
1950s on Staten Island. The TV show Impractical Jokers is also a
creation of Staten Islanders: four guys who stage embarrassing hidden camera
pranks around New York City. It is no coincidence that this show features
New Yorkers pulling weird, sometimes humiliating and disgusting pranks on other
New Yorkers. It's the only place they could get away with it. Humor,
sarcasm, laughing at yourself and others, acerbic name-calling, and
"ranking out" are essential coping mechanisms for life in New York –
especially so for the mensches, the real people in the streets, stores,
New Yorkers have what psychologists
call a large capacity for benign violation. In other words, they can take
it, and they can dish it out, too. When the New Insensitive Male in the
White House calls the identity-hoaxer Senator Elizabeth Warren "Pocahontas"
– punctuated by adding that the only apology he makes is to the real Pocahontas
for comparing her to goofy Liz – Trump is being an archetypal guy from Queens.
He is deploying humorous mockery, a powerful coping mechanism in conflict
situations, which, like my brother, he learned to use as a child.
President Trump is liberating
Americans from the mental prison of political correctness and allowing them to
laugh again. But the sourpuss left wing doesn't get the joke. On
the contrary, left-wing media are all panty-wadded about Trump's Pocahontas
jibe, and of course, they are wailing about racism. Senator Warren
herself wrote that Trump showed "the very worst of gutter politics."
The senator thinks nothing in politics could be worse than her being
called a sarcastic name? She must consider herself a supremely important
Psychologists have advanced many
theories to understand the dynamics of humor and what makes people laugh.
Benign violation theory is a recent addition to this literature by Caleb
Warren and A. Peter McGraw. It is particularly robust in explaining why
many people find Trump's Pocahontas moniker amusing while others are greatly
offended. Benign violation theory posits that humor is experienced when a
circumstance is simultaneously perceived as a violation but also as being
benign. Most violations do not amuse, but a violation that is perceived
as OK, acceptable, or safe produces amusement and laughter. The theory
explains that major forms of humor such as puns, sarcasm, punch lines,
practical jokes, slapstick, and horseplay make people laugh because they involve
violations of linguistic, physical, or cultural conventions ("Take my wife
– no, please, take her.") yet at the same time are benign and therefore
acceptable to the recipient of the humorous attempt.
Because sarcasm involves saying one
thing but meaning the opposite, it violates conversational norms of meaning.
When it is perceived as safe, such as the proverbial sale of the Brooklyn
bridge, it can be funny. Trump gives Senator Warren the name of a
Powhatan Indian princess who died in 1617 because he believes that the senator
is not an American Indian as she has claimed to be. The senator and
others of the far left not only don't find the sarcasm amusing, but splutter
that it is a racist outrage. BVT theory neatly accounts for this: "Sarcasm
isn't funny to people who don't detect the speaker's true intention. Nor
is it funny to people who don't approve of the speaker's true intention."
Warren is on the right
The left wing strongly disapproves of
the president's intention to call out Senator Warren's hoax. This is
because classical liberalism is gone, replaced by dogma focused on oppressions
of the distant past and sustained by bitter delusions that seek the worst in
the human heart – politics founded upon the purported original and eternal sin
of American white racism. The priestcraft of the cult that replaced
liberalism is driven by an obsessive search for innovative examples of white
racism to confirm itself, enlarging upon loony white privilege theory and
sniffing around every sombrero for signs of "cultural appropriation."
This season's fashion-forward term on the bigotry runways is "white
supremacy." Regarding the knee-jerk outrage at the president's
jokes, blind dogmatists are not known for their sense of humor.
Trump's humor will prevail against
the left's addiction to racism-spotting because his sarcasm is benign to people
who love America as she is. Calling Warren Pocahontas resonates with the
wish of Americans for the restoration of a meritocracy and equal opportunity in
academia. In her (unsuccessful) outrage, Senator Warren is hoping that
people who really are of American Indian ancestry will continue to burn in the
long banked fires of historic victimization. But she is also stoking a
non-benign attitude toward America. Leftists can't laugh at themselves or
anything else anymore, and everybody needs a good laugh sometimes.
Ed.Why are leftists unable to find
humor in such a massive number of subjects? Well, consider Barack Hussein. No
one on the left even THOUGHT of making fun of him, even though he provided such
a rich target for humorists! And why? Because once a topic or a person is perceived
as funny, once it is laughed at it can no longer be taken seriously. At least
that’s what the left believe! And whether
Social Justice Warrior or environmentalist… whatever the target of their
agenda-driven pretensions, leftists demand they be viewed as seriously as death…often