Devil’s Advocate – In common parlance, a devil’s advocate is someone who, given a certain argument, takes a position they do not necessarily agree with, for the sake of debate or to explore the thought further.
Pundits the world over have been gnashing their collective teeth the last few weeks, trying to figure out Donald Trump, his motivations – as well as the reason he’s polling so well with the Republican-voting populace. While the reasons for his polling success are obvious and depressing, that’s not what I want to talk about today. I heard a phrase in a meeting today (about a totally unrelated topic) that instantly resonated with me in describing Donald Trump and his motivations.
You’ve heard the term Devil’s Advocate many times – there’s even a movie with that title. But the phrase I heard this morning was uttered by someone who was jokingly disparaging himself. Instead of Devil’s Advocate, he called himself Devil’s Jerk. Doesn’t that sound familiar?
Trump’s ego won’t let him shut up – not about himself (or anything else, apparently) but the ideas he throws out there don’t seem to be – in the normal Devil’s Advocate usage – for the purpose of exploring a thought he may not hold himself – but instead to just be a jerk. Winning the debate at any cost seems to be his motivation, and I can’t help but think this new term Devil’s Jerk describes that perfectly.
Believe it or not, North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-Un, has now invented time travel. Considering his past accomplishments in fields like golf (the first he picked up a club, he shot a 38 under par, including 11 holes in one), literature (he wrote 1,500 books during his 3 years at university), and music (during university, he also wrote 3 full operas which are considered better than anything else in the history of music). And let’s not forget the fact – fact, mind you – that his birth was divine, and he doesn’t even have to go to the bathroom. I shit you not!
His latest move – time travel – seems a natural next step. Naturally, Western media have been grossly inaccurate about this development, and are merely talking about a 30 minute clock change, but in reality, Fearless Leader invented time travel quite some time ago – by moving North Korea 100 years into the past. This 30 minute jump isn’t even a rounding error, really.
What with Elizabeth Warren’s new book out, and her promotional tour in full swing, everyone is talking about whether she’s really going to run for President or not (she says she’s not, but, that’s how the game is played at this stage). There is a lot of talk about whether there would be support for a two-woman Democratic ticket (Clinton/Warren). Get real – is this any less credible than a two-man ticket? Does anyone really think that anyone who has a problem with a two-woman ticket is likely to be voting Democratic ticket anyway? Warren as VP can only help Clinton as far as I’m concerned. It would give her some real credibility with progressives that she lacks (though she’s certainly more progressive than Obama).
In general, what she’s saying is what one of our founding fathers said long ago:
”All accumulation of personal property, beyond what a man’s own hands produce, is derived to him by living in society; and he owes on every principle of justice, of gratitude, and of civilization, a part of that accumulation back again to society from whence the whole came.”
– Thomas Paine (author of Common Sense)
Oompa Loompa Doompadee Doo,
I’ve got a perfect soundbite for you.
Oompa Loompa, Doompadah Dee,
If you’re brainwashed you’ll listen to me.
What do you get when you vote GOP?
Let the debt grow, the Elephants eat free.
What are you at, talking about a VAT?
Who do you think will vote for that?
I don’t like the look of it.
Oompa Loompa doompadee dah,
If you’re real greedy, you will go far.
You will live in luxury, too,
Like the oompa loompa doompadee do.
Hey, at least both of the above people are less scary than this one:
Reports have been confirmed that the Republican Party is actually attempting to create zombies, so as to take over the United States, and have even released some of these creatures on the unsuspecting populace!
There are already three different test cases that have been released into the populace: teabaggers, birthers and deathers.
In all cases, mental activity is absolutely zero, yet they keep moving around, menacing the living, going after anyone who looks like they have a brain. The teabagger test case flamed out fairly quickly, the birthers took quit a bit longer, and the deathers are still going.
As a fundraising effort, there’s even a new computer game coming out, an unauthorized sequel to the Left 4 Dead franchise, to be called ‘Jingos 4 Jesus’. I can’t wait!