Monday, November 21, 2005

I Guess I'm a Democrat

Here's a nice joke for your office holiday party or next first date.

17 comments:

DJRainDog said...

Here's where the truth about me comes out: I'm a Republican at heart (in the old-school sense of what the Grand Old Party USED to be -- as I've said before, those who have co-opted the name over the last two and a half decades are an abomination and a disgrace and have sullied the party's reputation beyond recognition). Also, if you threaten me or those whom I love, I will do everything in my power to destroy you, no questions asked.

Esther said...

I consider myself an Independent. But I definitely gave the Republican answer to that one. If some attacker (Islamic or not) came at me and my kids (when I have them) that attacker would have to face his maker. Um, yeah, and afterwards I would ask some questions about the situation.

Steve said...

I am a democrat.

Andy said...

Well, I find it interesting because more than striking me as "democratic," the so-called Democrat response is actually Gospel-based Christianity.

Jean F. said...

I'm a Democrat. Before I even read the description of the Democrat I was considering many of those questions immediately. I tend to want to give people the benefit of the doubt, even if I think I am in a potentially dangerous situation.

little-cicero said...

Thanks for posting this!
I just posted it myself!
Believe it or not, I came out as a Southern Republican. The more lead I can pump in to a terrorist, the better!

Esther said...

I really don't see how being the victim of a violent crime is part of gospel based Christianity? When Jesus spoke about turning the other cheek he referred to instances of religious persecution. Refusing to defend oneself in a situation like that is only going to cause the death of innocent people. I applaud you for thinking about the good of the neighborhood and the message you are sending, but it won't do the neighborhood any good if the person who came up with all those good questinos is dead.

Maybe I've just read too much J.J. Bittenbinder or something . . .

Rose Fox said...

BANG! -- but to incapacitate, not to kill. I am an expert shot, after all.

Andy said...

Yes, but you know, look at the language used to describe the "Democrat" position. The question is not really, "Do you kill or let yourself and your family be killed?" If it were, the joke would be that the Republican goes "bang" and the Democrat just gets killed.

Instead, what they are mocking is the empathetic, intellectual response to problem solving. Read the joke again.

They are ridiculing patience, sympathy, introspection, consideration of multiple options/points of view, respect for law, consideration of potential unintended consequences, and the viewing of single incidents in the context of larger problems, not to mention respect for the sanctity of life. Remember, in the stem cell debate, George W. Bush went on record as saying he believes no life should be harmed for the benefit of another. If only conservatives really believed that.

Terra said...

I did catch myself wondering how long the street was- I think the joke was poorly worded to express the urgency of the situation BUT...
I would trip him (low center of gravity works in my favor!) and then break his fingers.

It's a Lebanese thing :)

little-cicero said...

Hold it Andy! This joke is pro-Republican. Obviously there is no true wisdom in hesitating to kill the man who seeks to take your life. As for stem cells, this analogy proves nothing: You cannot compare a growing embryo to a terrorist. A terrorist is not innocent, you know what your getting with a terrorist or a murderer on death row (Virtually no potential for good exists). With an embryo, you can never tell whether you it will become the next Mother Teresa or Martin Luther King Jr., so there is no inconsistancy at all. If one poses a threat to you and your family, you must kill them first.

Andy said...

And how did Jesus respond to the people who came to take His life?

Steve said...

Jesus did not WANT to die but He did. In fact, when Peter picked up the sword against those who came to get Jesus, Jesus said put it away. He willingly laid down his life.

Having never been faced with a decision about my life or someone else's I am not sure how I would respond. My hope is that I would respond as one who would look for another way out. Killing someone should never be your first option.

This is why I am beginning to seriously reconsider my stance on the death penalty. I am not sure I want the state killing someone on my behalf.

SailRacer said...

God, if sexuality issues weren't enough. Now, you have to give me political ideology issues too?!

DJRainDog said...

l-c: Go watch Dead Man Walking over your Thanksgiving break. (NB: No one should make any assumptions as to my views on capital punishment based on that request.)

bohica said...

Just for the record Andy, Jesus was dying for a purpose. That purpose was to bring us back to the father. But remember he also used a whip...A WHIP... to chase the moneychangers from the temple. Jesus died because it was his duty, nothing more, nothing less. He begged his Father in the garden to take this duty from him, his Father would not, so he did what was required. And how screwed up is it that Adam had to disobey his Father for us to get here in the first place, just so his older brother Jesus could obey later by dying?

Andy said...

Yes, and I find it instructive that Jesus didn't take up a whip to go after homosexuals or adulterers or people of other religions. What really pissed him off was the finance industry.