By LEON YOUNGBLOOD
Well—you know the type.
Lush Rumbowl is the affectionate moniker we gave to our Arkansas friend who overdoses regularly on political commentary. It obviously has alliterative qualities to the name of a commentator whose success is well known.
Our friend will never be in that league, regardless of his fantasized ambitions; however, he does come up with a few amusing observations, all along. We visited Lush, recently. Agree or not, here are some (heavily edited) nuggets from our latest conversation, regarding:
The current administration: “Legacy? What legacy? The Obama legacy will be nothing more than a stain on the underwear of American government that will embarrass the nation for generations to come.”
On Ms. Clinton: “The woman would be unknown if she didn’t ride into office holding on to her husband’s political asset; but—she may achieve some historical ‘firsts’: the first woman president; and, the first president serving two terms simultaneously—one in office, one in prison.”
Regarding Bernie Sanders, “I’m surprised he doesn’t have more supporters, with the present supply of free-loaders. He’s a bitter old socialist who is seeing a segment of the populace finally come around to his way of thinking, but too late to do him any real good. Like King David in the Abdullam cave in 1st Samuel, he’s attracting ‘everyone in distress, everyone in debt, and everyone who is discontented’—or, otherwise, every liberal socialist communist in the Democrat party.”
Which brought up Donald Trump, the antithesis of Bernie: “His campaign, his appeal is a phenomenon only 21st century America could produce. He’s loved, he’s hated—there’s no middle ground. But that ‘stain on the underwear’—Trump will bring Uncle Sam a whole new suit, new underwear included. I think it’s been a good thing to let the bull in the establishment china-shop, but I can barely stand him. All the same, I will be happy to vote for him, if he wins the nomination.”
This required clarification. Lush explained, “Dozens of shallow celebrities have sworn to leave the country if Trump is elected. I want them to leave the country. I want them to go to heck. If they were not lying, if they would really leave the country—well, a Trump presidency would be worth it.” (It’s probably not necessary to mention, Lush did not actually say “heck.”)
On the subject of the blood feud between Trump and Marco Rubio: “Rubio suddenly became childishly immature and foolish. I’m not sure how it happened. He got trounced, now he wants to sabotage the election, and the will of the voting majority? Send him home.”
Getting around to the seemingly honorable, dignified candidates: “Ted Cruz is a competent, good—morally good—man. He is a man of integrity, guided by his convictions, and seems to have difficulty lying. I like him, but mainstream Washington doesn’t. The political establishment will work against him out of spite, so he needs to be able to kick bottoms. In a dignified, presidential way, maybe, but kick butt.
“Doctor Carson would perhaps have made a decent president, but he’s too nice a guy. You know how it is: ‘Nice guys finish last.’”
The conversation went along these lines, Lush doing most of the talking. He said nothing new, but merely presented the same verdicts in a fashion that amused us. He was enthusiastic, but harmless.
In debates, discourse, and other varieties of formal argument, “attacking the person”—ad hominem—is a bonafide, legitimate, recognized logical fallacy. If you’re arguing and interject something along the lines of, say, “Your mama had to tie a wiener around your neck to get the dogs to play with you,” you are distracting from the issues by suggesting your nemesis is incredibly ugly. This is sample of ad hominem. It’s a pretty effective means of avoiding the issue, too.
Our friend Lush was harmless enough, but he did not have anything positive to say, nor did he really discuss issues. He can discuss issues, and vigorously, too. Then, when the dust settles, he’s on friendly terms again with his opponent. Lush observed, “No matter who’s elected, my life won’t change much. I’ll get by. I can work around the opposition, ‘til they see the error of their ways.”
Lush isn’t a fanatic. He can change his mind, he can change the subject. Sadly, though, there are political lunatics who can’t, and who simmer in hatred.
Well—you know the type. Just leave ‘em alone.
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