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Readers Respond to “Sick Uncle Sam”

Readers Respond to “Sick Uncle Sam”
October 22
19:06 2018

In the blogsphere, there tends to be a lot of instant reader response. I suppose that is because it is one of the only media arenas in which a lot of readers can respond so swiftly. That being said, my recent satirical commentary using a fairy tale about sick Uncle Sam as a parody for the dramatically different economic policies of the administrations of President Obama and President Trump drew an above average response – and was extremely divided.

My favorites, of course, where those offering up (un)deserved high praise. Hey! What editor put that parenthetical prefix in there? Anyway, I shall proceed.

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Joe sent along not only a compliment but a suggestion. “Wow. What a story. I wish I had written that. It occurs to me that if the author of this could find a way to incorporate these facts into storybooks for children …”

I took that as an uncompromised compliment until someone suggested that Joe may have been saying that my writing is more suitable for the K through 8 set.

Roger said the sick Uncle Sam piece represented a “Great understanding of a bunch of socialist commies.”

I did not actually refer to the Obama economic gurus as a “bunch of socialist commies.” But then again, perhaps I was too polite. To paraphrase Shakespeare, I succumbed to a prose by any other name.

Roger also called them a “lazy group of traitors.” Upon that point, I must strongly disagree. Those “socialist commies” are definitely not lazy.

DAV wrote “Excellent Larry!” Obviously, a person of few words – but good ones.

Suzy said, “Send this to Greg Gutfield @ FOX NEWS!!! He will love it! I did!” I really don’t have time, but maybe some reader will.
Nanoo said “So very true. I love this story and how it was written.” Nanoo must be a conservative. Not because she loved the story, but that she loved the humor. The left-wing suffers from humor depravation – unless it come under the category of vicious.

On the other hand, you cannot please everyone. Some days, I think you cannot please anyone. But amongst the critics was Not A Dimwit. He or she played off the name of the blog to say that “Whoever wrote this is a world class dimwit.” I take being a world class anything as a bit of a backhanded compliment.

And as far as turning the name of the blog against me, he or she is not the first to do that. God knows, I have tried to get the editors to change that, but it seems to have a perverse popular appeal. S0 … for all you who think it cleaver to play the reverse name game, fogedabottit. Been done.

Jussmartenuf (took me a second to decipher that moniker) actually offered substance – suggesting that I forgot “that the money infusion started with the G.W.Bush administration before Obama took office.” I had not forgotten that at all. It was part of the recovery started under Bush that Obama claimed as his own policies. Obama then took over and killed off such growth policies that stimulated and suppressed the economy at the same time. Nice trick.

Of course, no writer from the left can ever avoid the gratuitous insult. Jussmarenuf closed with “Gosh Larry. You seem like your Altzheimers is accelerating.” I really had a great comeback to that, but I seem to have forgotten it.

Speaking of possible Altzheimers, at 7:28 a.m., Rucy posted that my Uncle Sam analogy was “hogwash.” Eight minutes later — at 7:36 a.m. – Rucy again posted that my analogy was … “hogwash.” For the record, I only count that as one insult.

Jim picked up on the barnyard theme by saying the sick Uncle Sam piece was “the biggest pile of horses**t he had ever seen” – although he apparently is not familiar with the asterisk key. Also made me wonder how many piles of horse manure he has been checking out. I mean, is he a qualified expert?

Me simply said, “You’re an idiot.” No, not me me, but a reader named Me. Although I have called myself an idiot of an occasion or two – you know, those times when you screw up for no good reason.

Cool Ray was very cool. He wrote his own version of the parody from the liberal perspective. Much too long to include here, but Cool Ray deserves an honorable mention.

Well, not being one to end on a negative note, I received very high praise, indeed, from Robert.

“I just wanted to say, you are one of the best political writers of our times. I wish you could get them published where more liberals would read them. Keep up the good work.”

Judging from the negative responses I receive, Robert, my commentaries are reaching at least a few liberals.

So, there it ‘tis.

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Larry Horist

Larry Horist

Larry Horist is a conservative activist with an extensive background in economics, public policy and politics. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman, as well as the White House. He has testified as an expert witness before legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress, and lectured at major colleges and universities. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He can be reached at lph@thomasandjoyce.com.

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1 Comment

  1. Wendy
    Wendy October 23, 20:56

    You keep writing like it is. At least one Journalist tells the truth! I enjoy your articles. They make my day.

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