A friend of mine sent me the following relatively innocent e-mail:
Are you a Democrat, a Republican, or a Redneck?
Here is a little test that will help you decide.
You’re walking down a deserted street with your wife and two small children.
Suddenly, an Islamic Terrorist with a huge knife comes around the corner, locks eyes with you, screams obscenities, praises Allah, raises the knife, and charges at you.
You are carrying a Kimber 1911 45 cal. ACP, and you are an expert shot.
You have mere seconds before he reaches you and your family. What do you do?
Democrat’s Answer :
Well, that’s not enough information to answer the question! Does the man look poor or oppressed? Have I ever done anything to him that would inspire him to attack? Could we run away? What does my wife think? What about the kids? Could I possibly swing the gun like a club and knock the knife out of his hand? What does the law say about this situation? Does the pistol have appropriate safety built into it? Why am I carrying a loaded gun anyway, and what kind of message does this send to society and to my children? Is it possible he’d be happy with just killing me? Does he definitely want to kill me, or would he be content just to wound me? If I were to grab his knees and hold on, could my family get away while he was stabbing me? Should I call 9-1-1? Why is this street so deserted? We need to raise taxes, have paint and weed day and make this happier, healthier street that would discourage such behavior. This is all so confusing! I need to debate this with some friends for few days and try to come to a consensus.
BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! Click….. (Sounds of reloading) BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! Click
Daughter: ‘Nice grouping, Daddy! Were those the Winchester Silver Tips or Hollow Points?’
Son: ‘Can I shoot the next one?’
Wife: ‘You ain’t taking that to the Taxidermist.
So what’s the matter with this funny little tale? It plays to preconceived stereotypes. These stereotypes are not derived by Democrats or liberals. Instead, these are the stereotypes that Republicans have been using for years to label Democrats. Remember, Democrats can’t make decisions. Democrats are cappuccino drinking, Volvo driving softies. Liberals are completely incapable of making decisions according to these conservatives.
When you read this “humorous” tale at first, you might think you were reading about three different groups but with closer inspection that is not the case. Republicans and Rednecks seem to have about the same response. They both shoot first. So, one can reasonably assume that Rednecks and Republicans are two different flavors of conservatives. These conservatives, without hesitation, protect themselves and their families.
As with all stereotypes, there may be a hint of truth somewhere buried deep inside them. There may have been, some time in the past, when Democrats were unable to make decisions and were unwilling to use force. Fortunately, that time is long gone. I know I’m not one of those Democrats and neither is president Barack Obama. One just needs to look back to April of this year. Remember the Somali pirates? Republicans were salivating. They just knew that Barack Obama would try to have an extended and protracted dialogue with these outlaws. Fox News tried to downplay their glee by saying that President Obama had “no easy solution.” The National Review, the Weekly Standard and the Wall Street Journal seem to be rooting for a progressive failure. There were questions about whether we could protect the homeland as Democrats. At the appropriate time, Barack Obama ordered the use of lethal force. Our military expertly carried out his clear orders.
This brings me back to this little “joke.” To me, the joke is that I don’t know any Democrats like this. I don’t know anyone who wouldn’t fight to protect their family if they had the experience, expertise and ability as in the scenario. It is good to know that in our Commander-in-Chief we have an excellent example of a thoughtful liberal who won’t hesitate to use force when necessary. Beware of these “jokes.”