Mark Twain once wrote, “Reader, suppose you were an idiot. Now suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.” Politics is about many things, not the least of which is the barbs, nasty replies, cheeky comebacks, insults, and downright verbal browbeatings that are either manufactured by the candidate’s advisors or spewed out to each other out of the minds of the candidates themselves. The political climate is just starting to heat up in this ever-so-unconventional election year, and the insults are already flying by faster than those in the Twittersphere can capture and snark at.
Why so many insults? Insults are bred mostly out of fear, desperation, intolerance, insecurity, and impatience –– all qualities that seem to appear at any instance of real or trumped up conflict in this media-driven, frenzied environment that is filled with the pressure of ratings, the allure of the sound bite, and the clamoring for a sliver of the public’s limited attention span. Candidates seem to stand more for stepping on their opponents than for any real ideals or values. And of course, as the watchers of the game, we are too easily wooed by the cheerleaders and boo-birds that yap in our ears, urging us to wear their colors.
Wouldn’t it be nice to move on from the Bronx cheering, force the candidates and the media to focus on the black side of the ledger, and focus our attention on the issues instead of the insults?
Yeah, right. We could if only our candidates would try it for one second.
With that in mind, here’s a link to a short video splicing together the 100 greatest movie insults –– warning: contains EXTREME amounts of EXTREME language 100 Greatest Movie Insults – And here’s a few movie quotes on the topic:
“When I first started in this business my heroes were politicians and leaders. Then I met them.” Sandra Bullock in Our Brand is Crisis
“You answered without saying anything. That’s politics.” Arthur Kennedy in Lawrence of Arabia
“Politicians are like diapers. They should be changed frequently, and for the same reasons.” Robin Williams in Man of the Year
“I’ll explain and I’ll use small words so that you’ll be sure to understand, you warthog faced buffoon.” Cary Elwes in The Princess Bride