Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Consider the Farce

2: a light dramatic composition marked by broadly satirical comedy and improbable plot.
- MW online.
The Plot: The most powerful country in the world picks a new leader.
The Cast of Characters: A few, mostly quite wealthy, folks who say and do the darnedest things.
Plot Twist #1: Most voters never get to actually vote for the candidate of their choice.
Plot Twist #2: Millions are spent to avoid saying anything. But when the need arises...
Plot Twist #3: Words are used to mean something quite different than any reference work would support. This often leads to...
Plot Twist #4: Satire.
This farce is cast with folks who couldn't BE funny in real life since there's no script. Hence they rely on satire to get the laughs. They depend on script writers to turn subjects devoid of humor into jokes. Of course, most of the script writers think they are required to be serious so it's up to us to see the humor.

The only sane way to view this farce is with a chuckle. Somewhere there is a Bob Saget waiting in the wings. When the election is over he'll host "The Presidential Elections Funniest Videos" show and we'll laugh until we cry.


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