A different Thanksgiving diet for the right wing

Curing the ugly partisan rhetoric:
Gaining respect at Thanksgiving
by Joe Howard Crews

The ugly bile and extremism that fuels much of the right-wing blogosphere has gone even more shrill and ominous since Democrats won the mid-term election. The Thanksgiving season has become like Ramadan violence: It no longer has an effect upon its jihadist fanatics, whether Christian or Jewish.

For instance, it was reported by Reuters last week that the 39 year old man from Woodland Hills who allegedly sent out simulated anthrax to Keith Olbermann, Nancy Pelosi and others is an avid fan of Michelle Malkin, Ann Coulter and Laura Ingraham. The intense hate-mongering which is offered up in much of the right-wing blogosphere on a daily basis is the primary or even exclusive information diet for many people. Hey, what kind of diet is that for the Thanksgiving season.

Have you read some of the vitriol and seen any of the poison darts thrown at Nancy Pelosi by the right-wing hate-mongers in the days preceding Thanksgiving?

Well, what are we to do with such people during this Thanksgiving season? Perhaps we should just put them on ice for awhile. I give you the following story:

"A nasty and naughty Parrot"

A young man named Johnny Good received a parrot as a gift. The parrot had a bad Republican attitude and an even worse vocabulary, even instructing Johnny "Go F--K yourself!" [LINK]

Every word out of the bird's mouth was threatening, obnoxious and laced with profanity. Johnny tried and tried to change the bird's attitude by consistently addressing the squawker in gentlemanly manner, being conciliatory, and anything else he could think of to "clean up" the bird's shrill vocabulary and bully attitude.

Finally, Johnny was fed up and he yelled at the parrot. The parrot yelled back. Johnny shook the parrot and the parrot got angrier and even ruder. Johnny, in desperation, threw up his hand, grabbed the bird and stuffed him in the freezer. For a few minutes the parrot squawked and kicked and screamed.

Then suddenly there was total quiet. Not a peep was heard for over a minute. Fearing that he'd hurt the parrot, Johnny quickly opened the door to the freezer. The parrot calmly stepped out onto Johnny's outstretched arms and said "I believe I may have offended you with my rude language and actions. I'm sincerely remorseful for my inappropriate transgressions and I fully intend to do everything I can to correct my rude, partisan rhetoric and bully behavior."

John was stunned at the change in the bird's attitude. As he was about to ask the parrot what had made such a dramatic change in his behavior, the bird continued, "May I ask what the turkey did?"


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