Which came first? The chicken or the egg flung angrily at the back of someone’s head?
It’s something we’re born with. It’s somehow innate to us. Much like how a kitten without a mommy still knows enough to try to cover his own poo.
It’s something we’re taught by osmosis fro our parents.
And it’s also something we perfect while growing up. We learn by doing.
It’s the circle of life, Simba.
The right to free speech is one of our most cherished rights. It only comes in a close second to the right to extract payback from those who dare embrace that right.
On the kindergarten playground our younglings travel like a pack of wolves. A pack that searches for that which is different. Tall, short, fat, skinny, rich, poor, skin color, glasses, defect, braces, headgear, religion, style of clothing, quality of school supplies, operating system version number in the electronic device, etc.
If someone has affronted you, and maybe even if they haven’t, seek out one of those differences (or choose from a list containing a plethora of others) and cry, “Havoc!” and let slip the dogs of war.
You have the right to free speech. So does the guy next to you. But if he chooses to exercise that right with an opinion different than yours? It’s go time!
The key is to focus on your opponent. Know your enemy. Study him closely. Do not allow yourself to be distracted by the logic of his argument. What is different about him? This is crucial, because only after you have found that difference can you seek to exploit it.
Vive la difference!
Case Study: Piers Morgan
Background: Most of us know Piers as the jolly fellow who gleefully eviscerated contestants on America’s Got Talent. But before then he was a journalism guy in England. And, perhaps, he had some role of participation or covering up the great phone hacking scandal. If so, that’s a valid reason for him to be a target.
After the recent school shooting Piers dared to exercise a right most of us take for granted. He offered up his opinion on the gun debate.
Oops. Those with differing opinions can’t allow that.
Quick! Get the crosshairs on him. We have to find something on this guy. Think, dammit! There has got to be something!
Oh, wait. He’s one of those fuzzy little foreigners. Yes, my precious. At last, a strategy begins to present itself.
We shall work to get him deported from our country. Yes? But what will we use as a smokescreen? We’ll be required to give some sort of reason, right?
I know. We’ll say he dared to use our first amendment. Yes, for that he should fry.
And who dares say the American dream is a thing of the past? Behold in all it’s glory. It’s alive!
This post was lovingly caressed out of an iPad. Please enjoy the extra autocorrect typos.