There is something seriously wrong with the Republican Party, especially the Evangelical wing, and I’m not talking about the fact that the GOP do not have a sense of humor that they are aware of. I am talking about this statement “How do you make abortion funny?”
Indeed, how do you make abortion funny?
Alex Seitz-Wald of Salon.com explained that social conservatives are hoping to appeal to young people through humor. He wrote:
Abortion has to be made funny, the thinking goes, because funny sells on social media, and that’s where one goes to court young people. “You can engage with sarcasm, it’s hard with the abortion issue, but you have to,” said Students for Life president Kristan Hawkins at a breakout panel at the Faith and Freedom Coalition Conference in Washington today on how to win millennial voters. “Unfortunately we have to, because this is the generation that we’ve been dealt.”
I know that it is a bit before their time and Sean Connery is just that dude from James Bond and Christian Slater is a question mark to these people, but they really should sit down and watch “The Name of the Rose”, or better yet, read the book it was based on “Il Nome della Rosa”.
Why, you might ask of me, should they partake of this movie and/or book.
For this one line: “Laughter kills fear, and without fear there can be no faith, because without fear of the Devil there is no more need of God.” You see, humor is the very antithesis of those who seek to use fear to hold onto power, and by making abortion funny, these people would kill any fear of it that is out there.
In other words, they would end up undoing everything they stand for.
Seitz-Wald goes on to point out that the use of humor was rejected by activists at Ralph Reed’s little Christian Mingle get-together this weekend, though he did pose the question “how do you win over young voters when as many as 70 percent support marriage equality? The answers offered feel a bit like jamming a square peg in a round hole.”
Apparently, they just want to run away. Yes, as King Arthur said while under attack by the Bunny of Cannerbanoch- RUNAWAY!!! Among the things that were suggested was not to use the term “crusade against same-sex marriage”.
In fact, the only solution that Chris Malagasi, the president of the Young Conservatives Coalition, had was to use snark and social media. Apparently, Malagasi in 2012 lamented that “This is a battlefield that we’re losing on” referring to YouTube. Travis Korson, the grass-roots director for the Virginia chapter of the group, suggested framing the issue of marriage in terms of economics saying that “Gay marriage undermines that basic family unit,” which in turn hurts the economy.
Apparently he hasn’t watched Modern Family.
Seitz-Wald also wrote:
Liberty University senior class president Chelsea Patterson offered that “a lot of my peers see the GOP as kind of old school,” suggesting the party needed some rebranding and a better strategy of connecting with popular culture.
Hawkins said it was because the party was too moderate. “We keep nominating moderates and saying we need a big tent, but we keep losing.”
No one suggested changing any positions, only finding better packaging for the ones they already have. “I do not believe we should sacrifice our values to win elections,” Koroson said.
Unfortunately, without a sense of humor, none of this is going to happen. In fact, there is a reason why most humorists tend to be liberal- it’s because we fear almost nothing. In fact, the satirist was once the most feared Bard in all of the Celtic world. It was said that a well placed barb from a satirist could slay more foes than the fiercest weapon. That the barb from a good Bard could cause the ears of a foe to explode.
Something that Terry Pratchett made fun of in Wee Free Men.
You see, why should we be afraid of gays? My first exposure that I can remember to a gay character was in a scene in Mel Brooks’ History of the World Part 1. “In the year one million BC, it is thought that the first homosapien marriage occurred. It was shortly followed by the first homosexual marriage.”:
After that, there was Airplane!, Rocky Horror Picture Show, The Birdcage, and so on and so on and so on. We have had decades of Will and Grace, Ellen, Modern Family, Glee, The Birdcage, The Producers, Blazing Saddles- let’s face it, gays are funny, and the reason why we aren’t afraid of gay marriage is because gays are funny.
It all comes down to that one little thing, though, that one little quote from The Name of the Rose “Laughter kills fear, and without fear there can be no faith, because without fear of the Devil there is no more need of God.”
Or as Brooks put it “Rhetoric does not get you anywhere, because Hitler and Mussolini are just as good at rhetoric. But if you can bring these people down with comedy, they stand no chance.”
Unfortunately, the GOP does not have a sense of humor that it is aware of.