The Narrative

Last week a friend posted a link to a February 29th article at This is how article author Michael Hayne, a comedian and political columnist, introduces his piece:

“Not a day goes by in this topsy-turvy, mad max eschatology that Republicans have created where a Republican politician isn’t uttering some certifiably insane, hateful malarkey that would make Charles Manson blush. Whether you’re gay, black, female, or a spore with feelings, Republicans do not like you if unless you aspire to be a white christian millionaire.”

Clearly an objective and reasonable article. No mention of the subject matter… but other than that really a hallmark of liberal tolerance and diversity. You see the article is about a piece of state legislation in Wisconsin that requires the state’s Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Board to emphasize nonmarital parenthood as a contributing factor to child abuse and neglect. However, the article took it much further, not missing an opportunity to take cheap shots at conservatives in every paragraph as the author deliberately misinterprets the legislation to suggest that the Wisconsin crazies are criminalizing single-parenthood as a component of child abuse.

But that’s not what the legislation says, and you can read it for yourself.

The article isn’t even a hit piece. It’s just a stream of name-calling by an obtuse partisan. The only weapon remaining is ridicule, straight out of Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals (See #5). But it’s delivered by a comedian with a smile on his face. “Lighten up,” they’ll say. “You conservatives don’t have any sense of humor!”

Exit question: If Republicans only like you if you aspire to be a millionaire, does that mean Democrats only like you if you embrace mediocrity?

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