I was taught “If you can’t say anything good, say nothing.” I fully admit having failed to heed that teaching but I will not speak ill of the dead. I will not celebrate his death, but I cannot celebrate his life either. I will not call his name.
I’m quite sure during the course of his life he spoke some truth, but I cannot see his truth because of the hate he peddled and the anger he caused me. I don’t blame him for peddling hostility anymore than I blame him for my outrage. I’m not speaking ill of him at all.
From college dropout to AM disc jockey to rightwing mega pundit, he was trying to find a way to make a living and found fertile ground to till. A fertile ground that grew bountiful crops from the seeds of bigotry, misogyny, conspiracy, and misinformation he peddled. All he was doing was farming the fields he had been blessed with.
No! I’m not speaking ill of him. I’m speaking ill of many of his followers. They provided an eighty-five-million-dollar salary on the way to being worth six hundred million dollars. He was just doing what he needed to do to provide for his family. Capitalism at its best. Charging what the market would bear and then some. Not caring who you might step on while climbing to the top. If comparing thirteen year old Chelsey Clinton to a dog sold advertisements and airtime, what is a guy to do? If it helped write him a new and bigger contract, what is the big deal?
His audience loved the comparison along with making fun of Michael J. Fox’s disease, referring to Obama as a “house Negro”, mocking rape victims, and calling activists sluts and femnazis. It was all in good fun; real knee slappers his fans guffawed loudly at. Just pokin’ fun at political correctness. There were other examples but like a good farmer I will not over till my ground.
He was a snake oil salesman who knew his fan base well and played to it every chance he got. Know your demographic. He was a President maker, a purveyor of conspiracy, a trader in fear and hatred. He was a comedian that none of his followers believed to be comedic. I’m not speaking ill of him, but it bothers me his fans couldn’t see through his shtick.
He was a Billy Mays huckster, Joe Girard car salesman, P.T. Barham showman, and Jim Bakker TV evangelist all rolled into one. People metaphorically lined up to spend their money or shed their panties because he spoke to them in a language they understood. They bought his absurdities along with his truths and were unable to tell the difference. They are the ones I am speaking ill of, not him. He was just trying to make a living the best way he knew how.
Do not despair fertile field. There will be others to take his place. Seeds will continue to planted and bitter crops harvested. Want to bes are already posturing, ready to harness their mule. He laid out the furrows and someone will broadcast the seed. While they may not be as successful they will make their living, there will continue to be successful crops.
But he liked cats. How can you speak ill of a cat lover who named his pet “Punkin’?” I’m sure Punkin’ loved him.
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