Comedian Chris Rock ventured to Capitol Hill in support of gun control today, because it makes sense to seek input on such weighty matters from a hideously over-paid actor who sometimes pretends to be someone who fights bad guys using a gun. ¬†While in Washington, he delivered this sage bit of political wisdom:
“I‚??m just here to support the president of the United States. ¬†The president of the United States is, you know, our boss. ¬†But he‚??s also, you know, the president and the first lady are kind of like the mom and the dad of the country. ¬†And when your dad says something, you listen. ¬†And when you don‚??t, it usually bites you in the ass later on. ¬†So, I‚??m here to support the president.”
So his argument in favor of more gun-control laws is that our Maximum Leader wants them, and unquestioning obedience to his superior wisdom is required of all good Americans? ¬†Can anyone find me a quote of Chris Rock saying stuff like that about George Bush?
This pithy quote is an almost perfect antithesis of the true American relationship between citizens and the State. ¬†The President is not our boss;¬†we are¬†his¬†bosses. ¬†He’s not a father figure, he’s a politician. ¬†Responsible citizens are supposed to make their own informed decisions about weighty matters, not chill out in their diapers until Papa President tells them what to think. ¬†It’s one thing when right-wing extremists like me criticize Obama’s base for acting like helpless dependent children, but now they’re talking about¬†themselves¬†that way.
Let’s not even get into what fashionable liberals think about the value of¬†actual¬†fathers.
I could swear I’ve heard Chris Rock’s theory of the president as national father-boss somewhere before. ¬†Don’t the Germans have a word for that?
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