Sunday, 5 August 2012
Gore Vidal's Fighting Words: The Humor of Gore Vidal, The Ability to Punch WIthout Name Calling
What I respect probably most about both Gore Vidal when it came to debating and their senses of humor. Was that they were able to make points without stating the obvious, they could say things, similar to Margaret Thatcher on the right. Where she said that the problem with Socialism, is that you eventually run out of other peoples money, when a lot of other anti Socialists would say things like. The problems with Socialism is that it spends, taxes and controls too much, that sorta thing. Whereas someone like a Margaret Thatcher would use humor and get right to the point of it. Gore Vidal and Bill Buckley had similar styles when it came to debating, even though they came from the opposite side of the Political Spectrum. They could put someone down or crack a joke at their expense, not to destroy them or hurt their feelings but even make them laugh as they were doing it. They could punch their opponents without calling them names, Ron Reagan same thing. He didn't call his political opponents as he called them, not political enemies which is different. He didn't call them idiots, he just said that they know so much that isn't actually true. They believe their own hype and rhetoric and actually take it seriously, which can be a problem in politics.
Thats the style of humor and debate that I prefer and practice even though I'm not perfect at it. I try to stay as close to facts as possible, especially when I'm critiquing the opposition, which for me would be Right Wingers, whether they are Republican or not. And lately when I'm critiquing the right, its been Neoconservatives for the most part unfortunately. Classical Conservatives the Bill Buckely's of the World, seem to be MIA in the Republican Party, which is unfortunate. But its not just the right that I critique but I write satires about the, lets say farther left, to not offend any of my Socialist friends. While Right Wingers have a tendency to call Progressives Communists or Islamic Fascists or any of these labels that aren't true. When it comes to Progressives, Socialist is accurate except for the Barack Obama's of the World whose not a Progressive. More of a Moderate Liberal then anything, I say things like Progressives want to take care of people by spending their money for them.
I try not to make it personal, especially when I'm critiquing the opposition and you can do that by staying as close to the facts as possible. By not name calling, not making it personal, instead of calling someone and idiot or ignorant, try saying something like they would make a great fiction writer. Which is a great way to describe most of the speeches of Sarah Palin or Michelle Bachmann, rather then trying to insult them by name calling.