Danielle Keeler

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Franken’s SNL moment in the senate

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We all know that politics has become a game of propaganda instead of focus on central issues, but the Democrats have reached a new level of desperation.  In what is being affectionately referred to as “Franken’s SNL moment in the Senate,” Al Franken, after explaining that there would be no money to pay for security and military personnel if congress does not pass a bill increasing the debt ceiling, proceeded to unveil a sign that read “Welcome Terrorists” aiming his point at those who believe that congress does not have to raise the debt ceiling in order to avoid an economic disaster (see my sources for pictures of the event).  I didn’t even know how to react, except to say…are you serious?

First of all, it was a low blow to pull a name so offensive as “terrorists”.  Franken referred to it as “black humor”, but it seemed more like a desperate attempt to monopolize the public into supporting his side.  Because of tragedies like 9/11, terrorists have become exceedingly real to American citizens; they’re not just scary men in masks on the other side of the world.  People know the disastrous effect of a terrorist attack, and anything associated with terrorists automatically becomes something people will avoid at all costs.  I have to give Franken credit for his creativity, but there are so many comparisons he could have used to get the same effect, it seems extremely calloused to pull a nickname all of America associates with Osama Bin Laden.

Secondly, I know his goal was to gain support, but all he did was make himself look like a jackass–and a stupid one at that.  It’s like trash talking within public society; the person you complain and bitch about doesn’t look bad because of it, you do.  Franken has achieved nothing other than to bring a negative image upon himself, as many articles say they expected the backdrop to fade and to hear “Welcome to Saturday Night Live!”

So finally, I give Mr. Franken my dearest regards, and ask him to go back to his high school debate team so they can teach him how to act in the world of politics.




Written by Danielle Keeler

July 28, 2011 at 10:13 am

Posted in Black humor, Politics

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