Steve Brodner: In politics, every day is ‘opposite day’

Kids have a game they play called “Opposite Day.” The idea is that it’s funny when you say the opposite of what you mean. Of course in politics, every day is “opposite day.”

For example: John Boehner, the GOP House leader, claims to be a deficit hawk, but he’s in favor of a budget-busting tax cut for the super rich. He’s kind of a deficit chicken, but hey, it’s “opposite day.” Or how about Glenn Beck, who shows an Oprah-like well of compassion for humanity. And then will say things like how he fantasizes about killing Charles Rangel with a shovel. Well yes, “opposite day.”

Then there’s senator Jim Demint of South Carolina, a Tea Party figure who is for getting government out of your personal life. That turns out to include the government firing gay men and single women based on their sexuality. Hmmm … “Opposite day!”

How about Joe Leiberman and the so-called centrist Democrats. They are  pro-job, pro-USA they say. Well that amounts to voting against the  anti-outsourcing bill that would’ve slowed companies moving jobs to China. Looking more like Hu Jintao. A new kind of patriotism. Opposite.

So, you know, looking at it this way, it starts to make sense to me now. They are honest in an “opposite day” kinda way.

 

Comments

  • buyo

    WOW, PBS, this is only an attack on Republicans and Leiberman. where is the comic for the Democrats? One more PBS supporter is gone. Me. and I will tell other too.

  • ric o’shay

    WOW PBS, that would have been funny if untrue. Thanks for always educating (and occasionally with wit). When asked if I’ve supported PBS all of my life I always respond “not yet.”

  • ric o’shay

    The ENTIRE Fox “News” network, Rush Limbaugh, Sarah Palin,…. how many comics do you need?

  • T Mow

    Don’t you think the Republicans do a good enough job of providing the comic for the Democrats? If this is all it takes to unsupport the remarkable overall programming of PBS then you never were a supporter to begin with. I have sat through countless commentaries on “both sides.” The commentary I want to hear is why Americans prefer “collisions” instead of collaboration. If we didn’t like it, our politicians might get to work.

  • Colt

    “How about Joe Leiberman and the so-called centrist Democrats.” Direct quote from the artical.

    One of those ‘so-called’ Democrats looks to be Ben Nelson of Nebraska. I happen to be a Neb. resident and I voted for the guy, but I’m not getting all bent out of shape because an EDITORIAL wasn’t to my personal liking.

  • http://stevebrodner.com Steve Brodner

    Brodner here. So okay, let’s have your choices for Opposite Day. All hypocrites need apply. I gave you my top four. The GOP is now the power, folks. They have earned the hard light of scrutiny. And all those deficit hawks who got into office without every mentioning what they would cut after they kept the Bush tax cuts going. This could have been a feature film. With an intermission.

  • d-talk

    There has been for about the last 10 years or so a process that has most recently lead to an upheaval of negativity in this country and perhaps the world in general. Since I live in the US, I have only been able to observe the proceedings here and it is at a deep level flushing out that which has lain dormant and only seeped out in other ways with our generally ‘smiley faced’ images and ‘have a good day’ attitude that was a sort of gloss over so much for so long, even if it seemed to be at least a positive take on reality and optimism–both good in themselves most would agree. What has seemed to have happened is a real catharsis that is on a very large scale, it seems to me and that started with the events that shook this country and the world to it’s spiritual/emotional/physical core. Those events, the terrorist attacks on the East coast, could be felt everywhere and it seems have done so much to destabilize everyone in one way or another, and in that shaking, the negativities have been rising to the surface as will happen in even far less traumatic events that cause a sudden shift in the stability of even one person. It has happened to individuals and groups throughout human history as many have mentioned, observed and recorded. Once the flushing out is finished at least for the most part we can actually find common ground as a nation and no longer condone nor support the epitome of negativity we have seen manifested in the Republican/Democratic struggles in the highest lawmaking bodies in our country, the Federal legislative assemblies. ‘When the people lead the leaders will follow’, has been a saying we’ve seen on bumper stickers and ultimately it is really true, it seems. As the legislators continue to provide what seems like a perverse entertainment just to milk the general negativity for their own purposes of power grabs, we all lose even more than we’ve already lost. But as we’ve all seen when any group of people or an individual no matter how young or old is having a temper tantrum it takes a higher power and/or their own exhaustion to finally bring peace and balance back into their systems. It seems to me as a country we have gone through many stages since the traumatic events we experienced on the East coast and perhaps the anger stage has just emerged, hopefully to subside soon as the detriment is observed and the counter productive nature of it is apparent so we can actually get back to work cohesively as a country to find our place securely in the world in new ways as the entire population of the world in many countries pulls together to cooperate in peaceful ways to go forward in harmony for all people. There really is a lot to do that is far more productive in peace than many people have ever realized. We can do it, and I project that we will. And for anyone who would criticize PBS as pro Democrat and anti Republican I would have to say, you aren’t really paying attention because what I’ve seen is fair coverage, but of course here we are again, conflict gets more attention. We have to look at ourselves first and deal with our own negativities if we want to see clearly in any field, in any way, at any time, it seems to me. The facts of the Republican opposition have been aired on many networks, commercial and public broadcast networks included. The facts speak for themselves, but anger has a way of blocking one’s ability to discern reality and truth clearly, so it seems a constant self monitoring to gauge one’s own personal anger levels could be helpful to everyone to help get us back to balance. It’s called self-reflection, meditation, prayer–many names and it has a lot to recommend itself to all of us. I want to add also that as well as the uprising of negativity that I have observed, long before that, I saw the enormous uprising of positive spirituality that is so profound as to give more than hope in all this and that portends enormous positive changes so magnificent we are already seeing that too in this amazing balancing that is going on globally. It has been called by some an opening to life, heart opening, many things and is quite profound so there is hope, great hope and great positive energy at play now at very, very deep levels, I firmly belief and have witnessed time and again daily and for many years now following the incredible traumas and losses we experienced on the East coast. There is more than just hope now, there is hope in action everywhere in the world.

  • Jane

    I will admit that Rush and Sarah have said some hilarious remarks, and that is why I tune in to listen. With the sad state of affairs taking place in this country, humor is a necessity. But, also the both of them have excellent ideas on how to take back this country and promote candidates who will do so. Fox has millions of viewers, more then any other station because they talk about the truth and listen to others who oppose, giving them a fair chance. The other cable shows only speak of “their candidates” and bash and bad-mouth all who don’t agree. Seldom do they invite a conservative and if they do, bad mouth them right in front of the camera. Look at the crap said about Palin, McDowell, Angle, Bachman, Fiorna, Coulter, Bush, Bohner, and on and on, anybody with a R after their name.They promote enemies, sitting in the back etc. made by obama which were extremely judgemental and hateful remarks. Refer to them as comics but, at least they are decent people and want what is best for America.

  • Jane

    I will admit that Rush and Sarah have said some hilarious remarks, and that is why I tune in to listen. With the sad state of affairs taking place in this country, humor is a necessity. But, also the both of them have excellent ideas on how to take back this country and promote candidates who will do so. Fox has millions of viewers, more then any other station because they talk about the truth and listen to others who oppose, giving them a fair chance. The other cable shows only speak of “their candidates” and bash and bad-mouth all who don’t agree. Seldom do they invite a conservative and if they do, bad mouth them right in front of the camera. Look at the crap said about Palin, McDowell, Angle, Bachman, Fiorna, Coulter, Bush, Bohner, and on and on, anybody with a R after their name.They promote enemies, sitting in the back etc. made by obama which were extremely judgemental and hateful remarks. Refer to them as comics but, at least they are decent people and want what is best for America.

  • barry jacobs

    These are just getting worse. This one was almost incomprehensible it was so muddled.

    Please PBS stick a fork in this segment.

  • Maria R Ward

    Hahahahahahahahahahahaha Great comments showing the opposite of reality. Good one!

  • gus

    [this should be added to your OpEd] And then there’s Steve Brodner who makes a living twising the truth, and taking things out of context, and just outright lieing. Steve is probably a very unhappy person.

  • http://stevebrodner.com Steve Brodner

    Okay Gus, you’re on. I simply called Boehner, Beck, DeMint, Blue Dog Dems hypocrites and gave facts to back it up. It’s plain as the I’m sure very fine nose on your face. Now tell me how I’m wrong on these. No facts to back it up means you blew it. Evidence matters, unlike where they don’t; as in media where all things opposite are considered.
    SB

  • Christopher

    I have to ask; “Take back this country” from whom, exactly? We haven’t been invaded or occupied by a foreign power. Do you mean our democratically elected leaders? Like it or not they were elected and they represent the will of the people. If you disagree with their policies, you can vote against them the next time there’s an election. But there is NO ONE from whom you need to “take back this country.”

  • Franco

    If we tax payers have to pay PBS for programs like this, why can’t FOX get its fair share, too? After all, they are just as opinionated.
    Luckily, I’ve been able to vote for a (winning) congressman who will seek to restore some fairness in all of this – one way or another.

  • forheavenssake

    Here are some opposites: Transparency. Guantanamo, The war on terror is not a war on terror (than what is it?), Enemies that need to be punished are Americans with a different view, passing health care buy purchasing votes with behind closed doors deals and 9,000 earmarks is good legislation.

    Need this absurd discussion continue?

    Brilliance does not shine through bias. Try to be honest Brodner and be careful what you say does not reflect back on you more brilliantly than the light you are attempting to shine.

  • CD Bower

    Do you have any idea how PBS is funded? How much comes from tax revenues?

    Less than $1 per citizen per year.

    Just imagine that your 95 cents are going towards Wall Street Week In Review or something.

    (unless you’re complaining about the quality of this segment which looked like they didn’t even use all of 95 cents).

  • Seanbrow

    Folks lets address the Eight Hundred pound Gorilla in the room. Realtime media makes hero’s out of hearsay’s. Burn the Koran(who cares)? Swine flu(Pandemic over). BpUnfortunate(Sorry hacks nothing further to embelish). Jon Stewart was on point. Edward R. Murrow would be embarrassed of the way you manipulaters have sold out on ethical journalism. You all are whores for the company store. The pinnacle for all of you hackers is the Chicken Little Award. To be aired on Cable of course. Or at least funded by your Pimp Rupert Murdouch.

  • Cmkg

    Rush “wants best for America”? As I recall, the first commentary Rush made upon Obama’s election was “I hope he fails.” As for the “crap said about” Palin et al., the fact is they are their own worst enemies. Palin spouts lies about “death panels” and it gets reported accurately. She deliberately misquotes the WSJ, and gets called on it. Bachman promotes a fallacy about the costs of a presidential trip overseas and it gets caught in her own lie. These are your “decent people?” SInce when did lying become a benchmark of decency?

  • Eric Hanson

    It’s weird how obedient all these rebellious righties are. They do as they’re told, yelling and screaming the moment corporate power or wealth is threatened. I remember when rebels opposed the powerful.