Posts Tagged ‘humor’

Using irony to make a point

1 November 2006 – 21:43 CDT

So MA Senator John Kerry came out a couple of days ago and tried to make a point about his disagreement over our current policy in Iraq. What was meant to be lame joke about the President of the United States came across as an insult to the intelligence of our men and women in uniform. From an AP story: Two days ago, Kerry stirred controversy when he told a group of California students that individuals who don’t study hard and do their homework would likely “get stuck in Iraq.” Aides said the senator had mistakenly dropped one word from his prepared remarks, which was originally written to say “you end up getting us stuck in a war in Iraq.” In that context, they said, it was clear Kerry was referring to Bush, not to the troops.

The point is that I had to laugh when I saw the following on TV tonight. At first, I really was scratching my head wondering why these people with this banner spelled the senator’s name wrong. Then it dawned on me. I would be pretty ticked if someone called me dumb or suggested I was uneducated because I’d joined the military. Instead, these guys used irony to make their point. No dummy would have come up with something this funny in light of the senator’s remarks: