Opinion: Political Satire

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Seemingly, the use of satire has been a way to make your point known for centuries.From Mark Twain’s “Huckleberry Finn” to University of California, Berkley’s bake sale incident, satire has been a way to evade the shouting matches and use quiet farce to make their opinion known.This use of comedic wackiness has made its way to our government who have come to realize the “wow factor” is a way of drawing attention.

Recently, Rep. Yasmin Neal, D-Georgia, proposed a bill that would block men from having vasectomies unless the procedure would prevent death as ay to draw attention to all the hoopla surrounding the anti-abortion debate.

As a way of showing that politicians who have ignored the woman’s point of view, she says it’s “time to put the shoe on the other foot,” meaning it’s time for men to be put in the hot seat.

As crazy as that sounds, it garnered a lot of attention in a few hours. In fact the video of Neal describing the bill went viral. This is only the start of it and it gets even better.

Mississippi Democratic lawmaker Stephen Holland introduced a bill that would change the name of the Gulf of Mexico to the Gulf of America, as a back-handed compliment to the Republicans who want to push everything having to do with Mexico out of the state.

Now, I doubt I will be visiting the Gulf of America anytime soon, but Holland’s streak of comedy got people talking. In fact, the Twitter universe could not stop talking about it. The bill was one of the more trendier topics for the hipsters on Twitter to sound off on.

The bashing doesn’t stop there. Alaska Rep. Kyle Johansen, R-Alaska, proposed the federal government to take over New York’s Central Park and make it a development-free wilderness area. Using this bill, Johansen was able to fire back at those who are in the way of drilling oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

The politicians even added an encore to their display of wittiness. Democratic Oklahoma Sen. Constance Johnson came up with the bright idea of making it illegal for men to ejaculate anywhere but a women’s vagina.

After hearing of Johnson’s bill, Virginia Democrat Janet Howell amended an anti-abortion bill that would require men to get rectal exams before they can get erectile dysfunction medications.

While it is the job of our politicians to stand up for what they or their party believes in, it is not their job to be funny. I think we should leave that to Kevin Hart and Dane Cook.

Sure, the use of satire and irony gets attention, but if I wanted commentary from the peanut gallery, I would just listen to talk shows on my radio or watch Jon Stewart, who is brilliant at satire in his own right.

It would be nice to see someone do their job the right way for once. These are politicians, not comedians.