Monday, March 21, 2005

Idiot Sarcasm

Paul Jacob's latest column, entitled "John Kerry, inventor, wizard" is crafted to appeal to an audience of sarcastic morons. Look at this opening paragraph.
To allow oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge or not? It is an easy question for Senator John F. Kerry . . . because he's magic!
Yep, the idio-sarcastic riff that Mr. Jacob has selected for this weeks column concerns a popular series of books involving Harry Potter. Because it's easier to just make fun of someone who disagrees with you than it is to put forward your own opinions as an intelligent contrast.

Or, to put it another way, it's easier to make someone else look stupid than to make yourself look smart. So when Senator Kerry suggests that drilling in ANWR is a short term solution or that maybe we need to find some new form of energy, well, he's being magical. Or something.
You see, Kerry has a better plan: Let's invent something spectacular to replace oil completely! Something that never causes any environmental concerns. A perfect energy source.

. . . Enough of big oil. Let's opt for magic from John F. Kerry and the wizards in Washington, let's spend a few extra trillion on new, perfect technology. Then - hocus, pocus - in a week or two, that silly ol' oil-based economy will be a thing of the past.
Yep, it's just silly to think that we will ever come up with anything better than Oil, and people who suggest that are deluded. Like John Kerry.

Oh, and anybody who uses the word "idio-sarcastic" owes this site a nickel.

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