February 3, 2017 by T. Gregory Argall
I remember a cartoon I saw years ago, a single panel drawing of two hikers being confronted by an angry grizzly bear. The caption said, “Quick! Make fun of his tiny genitals. Then we can escape while he hides in embarrassment.”
(I tried to find it online so I could include it here, but any search criteria specific enough to find that particular cartoon would also invoke Rule 34.)
I feel that the basic idea behind that cartoon is also the thinking behind a subset of Mel Brooks’ jokes. You know, the Hitler jokes. The funny bits in “The Producers.” Pretty much all of “To Be Or Not To Be.” A significant part of Mel Brooks’ career is based on making fun of Adolf Hitler.
Because outside of actual armed combat, that’s the most effective way of fighting monsters; ridicule them. Victory through mockery. A monster’s power is based on fear. Laugh at them and you remove their power.
When Donald Trump was campaigning for President, those who saw the potentially frightening aspect of it all also saw the ridiculous comedy just waiting to happen. They immediately aimed a spotlight at it and have continued to do so.
But it’s getting more and more difficult. The more Trump pushes the boundaries and tests the limits, the scarier it all gets, and it’s quickly reaching the point where it’s just not funny anymore. At all.
Several people far more qualified than I to assess his mental health have gone on record saying he exhibits all the signs of a Narcissistic Personality Disorder. He is suffering from a mental illness (although, more accurately, everyone else is suffering from his mental illness while he is in denial).
So, now we’re faced with the moral question of whether or not it’s okay to make fun of someone with a mental disorder. We each will have to find our own answer to that question, but for me the answer is, “Yes, if it saves lives.”
Trump’s lack of impulse control and utter faith in his own infallibility has already caused the death of a Navy SEAL. If he continues behaving as he has so far, more people are going to die.
I’m not exaggerating. He has retained his own private security team, supplementing and in many cases replacing to Secret Service. His private security has neither the training nor accountability that the Secret Service has. The security company’s training guidelines have not been updated since 1990; their official spokesperson admits that he hasn’t actually seen them in twenty years. They are, literally, a thug squad and answer only to Trump. It’s only a matter of time before Trump has his own personal Stephen Biko incident. And he won’t care. He will wear it as a badge of honour.
We can’t let it get to that point. Mock him. Ridicule him. Point and laugh at every opportunity. His utter lack of fitness for the job needs to be highlighted and underscored constantly until he seeks proper treatment or is removed from office. Or both.
Hang tough. It’s going to be a rough ride.
And try to be nice to each other.