Oh, wait, what are we talking about?
Well, let’s back up.
State Senator Bill Kintner, a conservative, plain spoken, funny and nice guy, wrote an Op-Ed for the Fremont Tribune. You can read it here.
The point of the editorial? Just because we have been doing things a certain way, for a long time, doesn’t mean we have to continue doing them that way.
He was speaking to the way the Legislature does business — particularly regarding making things “less-conservative.”
We all on board so far? OK, good.
But Kintner STARTED his argument, by telling the story of the cage of monkeys that does things a certain way, because that’s the way they’ve always done them.
Now, if you’re like me, you skipped that entire part of the editorial, because you’ve HEARD IT BEOFRE.
Here is where I heard it one of the first times in long form.
This is from “The Contender” starring Jeff Bridges as the President of the United States, and Joan Allen as his Vice Presidential nominee. The gist was that the press and others were going after Joan Allen because that’s the way they’d always done it.
Here you go:
(By the way, note that the great Sam Elliot doesn’t move a muscle through the whole speech.)
Members of the Press and Easily Insulted Members of the Legislature…
IT’S AN ANALOGY!
It’s a story!
It’s a way to make a point!
No, Senator Kintner does not think that Senators are monkeys.
He also doesn’t think that they eat bananas or get hosed down or live in a cage or whatever else was entailed in the story.
However, I’m beginning to think that YOU are incapable of grasping that.
If you don’t like what Kintner was saying, your appropriate response is, “We do things this way because of X,Y and Z and they are well thought out each year” or somesuch.
An inappropriate response is, “Who are you calling a monkey?” or “Well if you don’t like it, get the hell out!” or “I haven’t eaten a banana in MONTHS!”
Eight year olds make those kind of responses.
Eight year olds wearing little propeller hats with grape jelly smeared across their faces.
Eight year olds who haven’t even BEEN to law school.
Thus endeth the analogy.
(“I didn’t even HAVE grape jelly at lunch! I had STRAWBERRY!“)
Please let me add in this dimwitted headline from Martha Stoddard at the OWH:
“…Kintner column comparing senators to monkeys…”
It ain’t an R after his name…
Brad Ashford votes with Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats 70% of the time
And yet we are to applaud him because he votes with Republicans sometimes? “Oh, he votes with Republicans more than most Democrats!”
Gee. Almost as if he’s from a Republican district!
Who’d a thunk it!
You know who ELSE usually votes with Republicans on issues that Republicans what them to?
Shocking, I know.
On a high note
A great message from Carly Fiorina as she ended her campaign for President:
To young girls and women across the country, I say: do not let others define you. Do not listen to anyone who says you have to vote a certain way or for a certain candidate because you’re a woman. That is not feminism. Feminism doesn’t shut down conversations or threaten women. It is not about ideology. It is not a weapon to wield against your political opponent. A feminist is a woman who lives the life she chooses and uses all her God-given gifts. And always remember that a leader is not born, but made. Choose leadership.
As in NOW
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