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Tears of a Clown

 

 

Hattip to Ed Morrissey at Hot Air.  Tuffy Gessling, the rodeo clown who engaged in lese majesty against King Obama speaks out:

I didn’t think anything more of it than what we’ve done 15 years ago, ten years ago, five years ago, when we’ve done it with Bush, Clinton and Ronald Reagan,” Gessling said.

But this time, race entered the equation. A white man dressed in a mask of a black president was just offensive to a lot of people.

“I never did anything because of anybody’s race. I don’t care what color somebody is. If they’re blue, white, green, polka dotted, striped … it doesn’t bother me one bit,” Gessling said.

Tuffy Gessling has endured five death threats, numerous angry confrontations, and a woman who spit in his face, based on a routine that is probably older than most of the people offended by it.  So what’s changed?  Gessling figures that people have lost their ability to laugh, at themselves and their favored institutions, and a large amount of their perspective, too:

“I actually think that a lot of people have lost their ability to laugh,” Gessling said. “Look at the country as a whole, there is a lot more to be mad at than a rodeo clown at a rodeo trying to make somebody laugh.”

Well … at least during Democratic administrations, anyway.

Go here to read the rest. I can tell that Mr. Gessling is bemused by all the fuss since other presidents have been treated the same. Let me explain the difference to him:

1.  Cult worship-Obama to many of his political supporters is not just a politician but an object of worship.  People do not normally laugh at jokes about their religion and that is precisely how Obama is viewed by his more crazed acolytes.

2.  Race Card-By Mr. Gessling wearing a mask that satirized the features of Obama, liberals had the opportunity to wield the race card.  Expecting them not to demagogue the issue of race is rather like expecting a fly not to leave maggots in rotting meat.

3.  No Sense of Humor-Most Leftists have zero sense of humor, particularly when the humor is aimed at one of their heroes.

4.  Rodeo-The epitome of the red neck and therefore always a good target of Leftist fury.

5.  Bullies-A rodeo clown, without influence or constituents, is a perfect target for a bully.

6.  Delegitimize Criticism-Leftists have striven mightily to silence even the mildest criticism of Obama, and to tar what they cannot silence with the brush of racism.  Mr. Gessling, you are merely one in a very long line of targets this has happened to.

7.  Squirrel- Since Obama and his following have zero ideas as to how to address the great problems that beset the nation.  They govern- SQUIRREL!-through distraction, and the rodeo clown was a superb distraction for several days.

8.  Everything is Political– For most liberals life is always political trench warfare.  Mr. Gessling thought he was doing light entertainment.  To most liberals he was presenting an opportunity for their perpetual outrage machine to score some easy points.

9.  MSNBC-It provided the network that has less viewers than some big blogs have readers fodder for several nights worth of spittle flecked outrage.

10. An Example-Team Obama made an example of you Mr. Gessling.  If they would kneecap a rodeo clown wearing a mask, what won’t they do to anyone who speaks out.

 

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Donald R. McClarey

Cradle Catholic. Active in the pro-life movement since 1973. Father of three and happily married for 35 years. Small town lawyer and amateur historian. Former president of the board of directors of the local crisis pregnancy center for a decade.

11 Comments

  1. #7 is particularly on point these days: “Squirrel- Since Obama and his following have zero ideas as to how to address the great problems that beset the nation. They govern- SQUIRREL!-through distraction, and the rodeo clown was a superb distraction for several days.”

    This administration is floundering from crisis to crisis like a water-logged, dismasted ship.

  2. Plus, for racial racketeers (Jackson, Obama, Sharpton come to mind), of necessity, it is always and everywhere “Mississippi burning 1962.”

    Lies on top of lies on top of lie s . . .

  3. sounds to me like a race issue…Obama lovers cant accept the fact that this has been going on for years and just because it is a black person everybody has to go nuts…what a bunch of idiots…its suppose to be funny and everybody takes it as a race issue…morons

  4. I recall that during the 2009 White House Correspondent’s Dinner, “comedienne”
    Wanda Sykes did a particularly nasty bit about Rush Limbaugh. In it, she noted
    that Limbaugh had remarked that he hoped the president’s project to change
    America would fail. Sykes opined that his views made Mr. Limbaugh a traitor,
    and that she hoped his kidneys failed. She also stated that she’d like to see him
    waterboarded. She stated that he was every bit as much a traitor as the 9/11
    terrorists, wished him dead, and stated that she’d like to see him tortured.

    There is video of our president, in the audience during all of this, laughing
    uproariously at Sykes’ unhinged ‘comedy’.

    In the ensuing uproar, both Hillary Rosen and Donna Brazile over at CNN
    opined that Mr. Limbaugh, being a public figure, was ‘fair game’ for such
    so-called humor.

    Some people are just fairer game than others.

  5. I know the title of this post references a Smokey Robinson tune, but it doesn’t seem to me like the clown is shedding any tears. Also, I’m not so sure that the initial reaction against him is attributable to Obama being personally offended and ordering the guy canned (as if the leader of the free world would call up the director of the Missouri State Fair to complain about a rodeo clown, when he has far bigger things to worry about … but I could be wrong), as it is simply to the fair officials bending over backwards and sideways to prove they weren’t racist. Had it not been for their clownish hysteria and that of PMSNBC and similar outlets, it would have been nothing more than a minor local story.

  6. Also, I’m not so sure that the initial reaction against him is attributable to Obama being personally offended and ordering the guy canned (as if the leader of the free world would call up the director of the Missouri State Fair to complain about a rodeo clown, when he has far bigger things to worry about … but I could be wrong), as it is simply to the fair officials bending over backwards and sideways to prove they weren’t racist.

    What is disconcerting is the alacrity with which the hive went into action. Also, the White House Press Secretary did remark on the matter, so you are just one step removed from the golfer-in-chief.

  7. Art,

    Good stuff. The “hive” is an apt analogy. Also, I think the (Star Trek Next Generation) “Borg” is applicable.

    Elaine, Barry Soetero is the worst president in US history. He and his henchmen/women use such mendacious minutiae to distract their imbecilic worshipers and credentialed cretin cheerleaders from the economic and societal horrors the unaccountable and incompetent (brainless and lawless) regime is visiting upon the once happy United States of America.

  8. Thinking along the line that my one and only vote is still worth anything or that there can be a clean election, there are kinds of hives for bees. We watch and suffer with dominant killer bees. Where is a hive for honey/ worker bees? It’s an overdue necessity to find it.

  9. RE: Your vote: voter fraud a.k.a. the racist concoction by the GOP: Minnesota Somalis found to each illegally vote twice or more.

    Hey, they need your money!

    Data regarding the worst president in US history.

    The black unemployment rate at the time of the 1963 march was 10%. Under hope and change and after 50 years of trillions of dollars shot to hell on social programs and ferocious attacks on white workers to advance so-called affrimative action (race-based hiring/advancment diktats), the black unemployment rate is 13.4%, and among black youth: 41%.

    Thusly, the Hive/Borg expands.

  10. “RE:” I cannot dismiss from thoughts the early news on election day in Nov. 2012 (which was not further journalized by media) reporting troubles up or down loading some programs to get the ballots counted.
    Of course, later that day were the reports of precincts with no numbers for non-democrats around the country, along with other pressures of intimidation and also use of the severely disabled. Then, the military overseas had issues early on. Yup, one lesson for people to learn is that bullying or intimidation with accusations usually fit the ‘it takes one to know one’ category. Bad behavior goes unpunished on this side of eternity, so it’s a contagious disease in the culture that promotes killing infants and the dying.

    Am aware of how social programs have affected gainful employment. Have done some paperwork for two places closing doors and one moving to the South.

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