It's been a long time since we Americans laughed at the shenanigans of our politicians and the partisan stands that have paralyzed them and us, which is very sad.
Where is Will Rogers when we really need him?
Saturday Night Live appears to be the best we can do. And it's more black than light-hearted. Take just one recent example: Matt Damon's screaming caricature of Brett Kavanaugh, which only magnified the angry, teary-eyed defense made by the judge's real-life defense.
Viewing Damon's performance did not make me smile. Quite the opposite.
Gesundheit! The president, bless him, tries to insert his versions of funny. Unfortunately, his efforts come across as the roars of an elephant trying to gather the apes of his jungle. One might be tempted to laugh at the roaring did the apes not look so mean.
But no meaner than the "me-too" marchers, who, despite the worthiness of their cause, cannot seem to look any way other than fiercely mad. Has anyone every seen a me-too demonstrator smile? I haven't.
We can do better, like by simply reminding ourselves just how human we and our politicians are.
Step back a minute, please, and take a real look at the ages of six key members of the Senate judiciary committee: three Democrats— Dianne Feinstein (85), Patrick Leahy (78), Dick Durbin (73) and three Republicans—Chuck Grassley (85), Orrin Hatch (84) and Jon Kyl (76). Add Donald Trump (72) to the mix if you wish, then ask, what do we have? We have: four septuagenarians and three octogenarians running the judiciary system of the United States of America in 2018.
Ridiculous, don't you think?
Of course, you don't think so. I don't. Our nation's problems are far too serious to turn them into a farce. But we do need to use our imaginations to see the absurdity in just how "out of tune" our politicians are in dealing with the deeply troubling realities of 2018.
Highlighting the absurdity enables us to identify our needs.
We need younger, happier people leading us.
And we need them doing it while they're having a good measure of good fun along the way.
Instead of angry demonstrations and marches, let's abandon the adult serious kind and have A Children's March to Washington, where all the able children in our land would be transported there in Disney like fashion, with happy music, happy bands, and happy faces along every bit of the way.
Also, why not summon the leaders of the White Supremacists, the NAACP and their like to a DC "Funny Convention" where they would share the best humor from their traditions?
And would there be anything wrong for the officers of Planned Parenthood to be invited to a leading Evangelical church for a fellowship dinner? It, too, could be fun.
Then, if we truly wanted to expand our National Comedy, rather than take down any more historic monuments, let us place new statues of Donald Duck, Bugs Bunny, Mickey and Minnie Mouse all over our land.
I'm stretching things, I know. But I trust my point is made: If we cannot learn anew how to laugh together, we will not for much longer live together.