I have been asked how will we be able to correct the mistakes that are plaguing our nation, our states, and our cities and towns. Some have even lost heart of ever returning to the founding principles of our republic. It may seem that those who believe in no limit to the iron hand of regulation and coercion have achieved a lasting victory. Some say the Tea Party Movement is over. But I say: “Over!? Did you say over? Nothing is Over till we decide it is. Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?” And in those epic words from John Belushi point to the path which can lead us to victory.
Humor is a powerful tool. Humor attracts attention. Humor can be memorable. Humor can spotlight hypocrisy. Humor is fun while facts figures and reason are work. Our opponents have known this for some time. Saul Alinsky famously said, “The most potent weapons known to mankind are satire and ridicule.” So did President Ronald Reagan, “I will not make age an issue of this campaign. I am not going to exploit, for political purposes, my opponent's youth and inexperience.” This is the skill we must learn.
Too often we have allowed ourselves to be scolding and severe. We there by became the characture that our opponents make of us. Dower, humorless, old, and tired are repellent to any audience. With that single stroke they further advance their schemes. We must let out our natural selves, wit, charm, and good cheer can be infectious. If you smile, people smile in response.
The seriousness of these topics makes it seem that they are no laughing matter. But that is exactly why we need to bring humor and wit into the debate on our side. There are many examples that we can learn from.
Greg Gutfeld is a co-host of Fox News' The Five, and argues that what he deems, "smart intolerance" should be used to counter liberal arguments. He is an excellent example of what I am writing about.
Check out more of his humor on Book TV.Org
More examples are the people who work for PJTV
But they need you to help. So you have to get up and start exercising your comedy muscles. Share their jokes with your friends and get your timing down. Then start telling jokes with a point to neighbors and acquaintances. Don't expect that they will embrace all your ideas immediately. But if you get them laughing it is a good place to start.
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