We haven’t had a good Mike Rowe Destroys Someone on Facebook post in a while (see Mike Rowe Schools Moronic Liberal Who Doesn’t Grasp Lincoln / Trump Analogy and Leftist Criticizes Gun Show, Insults Attendees. Mike Rowe Fires Back). Consider that vacancy occupied.
Some chucklehead reached out to get Rowe’s take on Charlottesville. More accurately, the chucklehead tried tying Mike Rowe’s push for blue color jobs to white nationalist rhetoric. Typical of a chucklehead, he assumed it was on Rowe to speak out and denounce white nationalism.
Yeah, that’s what I thought.
Some key pull quotes:
Since we’re being candid, allow me to say how much I dislike your post. Everything about it annoys me – your smug and snarky tone, your appalling grammar, your complete lack of evidence to support your claims, and of course, the overarching logical fallacy that informs your entire position. What really bugs me though, is the fact that you’re not entirely wrong. It’s true; I haven’t shared any political opinions this week, in part anyway, because doing so might very well be “bad for business.”
Here’s what people like about “Trump’s America” for lack of a better term: the mealy-mouthed rhetoric is becoming extinct. Honesty is taking more of a front seat. Rather than light his path with rosy hues, Mike Rowe laid out his long post by starting with “You’re kind of a dick.” In subtext, sure. But that’s between the lines messaging. “Dear Chuck, you’re an ass. Here, allow me to explain in this long Facebook post.” That’s how I read Mike’s opening paragraph. In my mind. He’s too polite to have said as much, but it’s my mind. You can’t control me.
I’m not going to share my personal feelings about Charlottesville, President Trump, or the current effort to remove thousands of statues of long dead soldiers from the public square. Not just because it’s “bad for business,” but because it’s annoying. I can’t think of a single celebrity whose political opinion I value, and I’m not going to assume the country feels any differently about mine. So, rather than blow myself up, or chime in with all the obvious observations about the cowardly scum in the pointy hats, I’m going to talk instead about my belief that comments like yours pose a far greater threat to the future of our country than the existence of a memorial to Thomas Jefferson, or a monument to George Washington. Ready? Let’s start with a closer look at your claims.
And then the gloves really came off. You can read his full smackdown here or click the link above. In summation:
This is going to be the left’s logic for the next year from now: X+y=NAZI! The right should study how people like Mike Rowe counter it.
Mostly by using “You’re an ass” in subtext, then carefully laying out the explanation as to why that person is an ass. Really, the best way to talk to an ass is with politeness. It’s that much more enjoyable for those of us in the audience, silently applauding.
Another idea: let’s stop conflating everything with everything else.