Bender: Irony and her sisters, Hypocrisy and Obliviousness
One of Us
The other day, I ran into a friend who wondered why I couldn't get with the program, like the rest of the Republicans in my neck of the woods.
I explained I''m not really anti-Republican, I am pro-common sense. Since these days we are entitled to our own facts, along with entire networks to support them, please allow me my delusion.
Continuing with said delusion, I told my friend I actually appreciated real conservatives, like William F. Buckley and Barry Goldwater, both of whom are spinning in their graves so fast these days, you could use them for horizontal drilling.
My friend told me the reason nine out of 10 voters and four out of five dentists in the state supported Trump is "He's one of us." Which is why he wants to roll back the estate tax to save those of us with $5.49 million in the bank. Whew. Close call.
Disavowing Harvey Weinstein It's been a good week for conservatives, because they finally got a new liberal sleazeball to demonize in Harvey Weinstein.
Bill Clinton has been the standard bearer for quite awhile. With occasional appearances by Anthony Weiner, who has the best political perv name of all time. At least, until Peter Dingleberry gets elected.
For quite some time, the party of family values has dominated the scandal category. I'm not saying sleaze doesn't cut across party lines, it's just that most liberals are too busy smoking pot, collecting welfare and hugging trees — treesexuals abound in the party — to get elected to anything. When Diane Feinstein, at 84 and running for office again, is one of the fresh faces of the Democratic Party, well, need I say more?
Conservative pundits have been licking their chops and are demanding liberals publicly disavow Weinstein. Taking bold leadership on the issue was President Trump, who said, "I've known Harvey Weinstein for a long time. I'm not at all surprised to see it."
And now, a moment of silence for Irony, who died in that very moment. She is survived by two sisters, Hypocrisy and Obliviousness. Officiating at the service will be Congressman Tim Murphy.
It's your business
Hypocrisy and Obliviousness were spotted in a meeting last week at the Fargo PUBLIC Library, when governors Doug Burgum and Mark Dayton, Sen. John Hoeven, Moorhead Mayor Del Rae Williams, Fargo Deputy Mayor Dave Piepkorn and Cass County commissioners Mary Scherlings and Chad Peterson held a closed-door meeting to discuss the $2.2 billion dollar flood diversion project.
That's $2.2 Billion, with a capital Bill. Your Bill.
North Dakota reporters have been kicked out of so many meetings lately, you can identify them by the dusty footprints on their behinds. When EPA administrator Scott Pruitt held a meeting with Hoeven, Kevin Cramer and Burgum to discuss ways to keep oil companies from despoiling the state (Sarcasm is still alive), scribes were asked to leave.
Burgum, who is reinventing transparency, said about last week's meeting, "The primary reason (for barring the taxpaying public) is, we want to make sure everybody in the room feels comfortable sharing their concerns."
I have some concerns of my own. But, you know me, I don't feel comfortable sharing them in such a public forum.
Obviousness, who was not allowed in either, was, however, comfortable expressing her feelings in the hallway outside the door.
"All I know is clowns and politicians perform better under a spotlight," she told a fake news reporter, who stood through the interview because his butt was really sore.
"And, we still have the First Amendment and Democracy, don't we," she continued.
The place went silent.
Bender is publisher of North Dakota weekly newspapers in Wishek and Ashley.