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We are more than donkeys and elephants

Political satire is funny, especially when it’s done really well. Amy Poehler on SNL this weekend was really, really funny. In fact, Sarah Palin was even a little funny too. And even Barack Obama and John McCain have joined in on the jokes; poking fun at each other at the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation dinner.

But as the weeks pass and the election draws closer, humor will only get us so far. Humor is indeed a great way to escape current political tensions. It also creates a relaxed setting to criticize things we severely disagree with, and it’s a good way to challenge people to really think.

But in a little more than two weeks, whether it’s President Obama or President McCain, people are going to be unhappy. Mean things will be said about one of these men and the next four years he is going to live under the strictest scrutiny.

Former Tar Heel, retired professional basketball player, and current announcer for UNC, Eric Montross spoke to my class today. He said his goal as a member of the sports media is to embrace the positive. Can we finish this political season with the same spin?

As Americans, with extreme but equally valid opinions, we need to be willing to step away from negativity, and sometimes maybe even the humor. Instead, we need to enjoy the great things we share as citizens of the same nation, even if it is something as simple as a Coke.

The new Coca-cola commercial is a perfect example of the awesome relationships that can exist, as well as the awesome experiences that can be had, when we are willing to set aside our political differences.

By Nora Jorgensen

Play it safe

It takes a good deal of restraint to respond to ignorance in a positive way. Humor can take the edge off, ignoring the situation may be the safest route, but unfortunately violence is often the reaction to the pontification of a one-sided party. No, I am not referring to Sarah Palin’s performance in the VP debates last Thursday. Instead I return to the age-old UNC debate of what to do with these overbearing Pit Preachers.

As most of you know, due to the DTH’s excellent coverage of the scandal, Brother Micah was slapped across the face by an irate student on Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2008.  Brother Micah is not UNC’s first overzealous evangelical Christian crazy man to haunt the bricks of the lower quad. Upperclassmen all remember Gary Birdsong’s fire and brimstone tactics before he was removed from the pit last March. For 20 years the condescension of his bushy eyebrows and the narrowness of his views have permeated the monotonous class schedules of Chapel Hill students.

Birdsong toed the line, made people uncomfortable, expressed beliefs that neither I nor the majority of my friends share, and generally made an ass of himself. However, he did so by speaking his mind in a public venue where no one is required to stay and listen. Brother Micah is a man of the same cloth. Whether he alluded to sexual abuse in the student’s past or once again called someone a sinful heathen of sorts, the violence was completely uncalled for and demeans the accused student’s point of view. Had the aforementioned student responded with eloquence instead of the palm of his hand, we would all have a little more respect for him instead of pity for Brother Micah.

We can’t all be Tina Fey. A biting and satirical exposé of our ignorant adversaries is not always an option. So if SNL is not going to be hiring you anytime soon, be the bigger man and just walk away.

By Madeleine Clark