Confronting a Would-Be Tyrant

Years ago, I heard Mel Brooks being interviewed.  He was asked how he, in general but especially as a Jew, justified wrapping The Producers around a faux-musical called Springtime for Hitler.

His answer stuck with me.  As best I recall, he said that one of the best ways to deal with  would-be tyrants is to laugh at them because it just deflates them.

Obviously, he was a little late, as was Charlie Chaplin with The Great Dictator.  But maybe we can learn a lesson.

In that spirit, here’s what’s been going through my head over the past 3 weeks:

I think the Republic is strong enough to survive four years of this.  During that time, the best thing to do may just be to laugh at the news, and then go back to trying to preserve a great nation and build an even better one.

Pass it on.

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2 Responses to “Confronting a Would-Be Tyrant”


  1. 1 Steven Smolinsky February 10, 2017 at 1:20 pm

    Based on his arrogant, autocratic, dictatorial, narcissistic tendencies I’m not so sure about the “survive four years”. Already he’s severely wounded lots of people as well as relationships and standing that have taken decades to build. But…do agree that laughing at his ignorance and thin skinned inability to let any small slight go by without going ballistic is good medicine. He clearly is the best thing that has happened to comedians and late night television hosts in years.

  2. 2 Smarter Democracy (@SmarterDemoc) February 14, 2017 at 7:17 pm

    Dan, I think your brilliant humor, both sardonic and light-hearted, is spot-on. As usual.

    It also provides much needed hope. I’m so weary from the toxicity and anger going around. Anger isn’t my drug of choice. (The reviewer above can have all mine, if he wants).

    BTW. Happy Valentines Day. Hope you and your sweetie are having a great night! I’m home alone drinking gin and watching science fiction. Oh wait, I meant the news….


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