Sunday, June 5, 2016

Scott Adams is a Bloody Genius, and a Subtle One, Too

There's an irony within the irony. If you read back through a few posts, you'll see that I messed up by posting a graphic that at first glance might seem to be anti-Trump. Upon reading it any thinking about it, even without reading the rest of the post, a reader should quickly realize that it's actually very much pro-Trump. Anyhow, that's the set-up for this, and it explains the big, loud IRONY WARNINGi on this quibcag, not to mention the winking girl, because I have learned very well that subtlety, irony, or anything other than ham-fisted straightforwardness is going to escape a certain number of readers, and defeat the purpose of the whole thing.

But, Scott Adams is still a bloody genius, AND a master of irony. True, his blog probably has the highest average IQ readers on the net, the kind of people who aren't baffled by irony, so please, everybody, when you read the following, please remember that Scott is a subtle, ironic genius, and that his "endorsement" is a jiu-jitsu move, designed to take advantage of the opponent's momentum to mash said opponent's ugly face into the floor where it belongs.

This is from Scott's Blog here [link], and when and if you go there, please applaud Scott for his brilliance and creativity, and please don't yell at him for supporting Hillary. Okay? Are we clear? Now, sit back and experience a genius at work, information sent in by who else? Matt Bailey! [link]:

My Endorsement for President of the United States

By Scott Adams
I’ve decided to come off the sidelines and endorse a candidate for President of the United States. 
I’ll start by reminding readers that my politics don’t align with any of the candidates. My interest in the race has been limited to Trump’s extraordinary persuasion skills. But lately Hillary Clinton has moved into the persuasion game – and away from boring facts and policies – with great success. Let’s talk about that.
This past week we saw Clinton pair the idea of President Trump with nuclear disaster, racism, Hitler, the Holocaust, and whatever else makes you tremble in fear. 
That is good persuasion if you can pull it off because fear is a strong motivator. It is also a sharp pivot from Clinton’s prior approach of talking about her mastery of policy details, her experience, and her gender. Trump took her so-called “woman card” and turned it into a liability. So Clinton wisely pivoted. Her new scare tactics are solid-gold persuasion. I wouldn’t be surprised if you see Clinton’s numbers versus Trump improve in June, at least temporarily, until Trump finds a counter-move.
The only downside I can see to the new approach is that it is likely to trigger a race war in the United States. And I would be a top-ten assassination target in that scenario because once you define Trump as Hitler, you also give citizens moral permission to kill him. And obviously it would be okay to kill anyone who actively supports a genocidal dictator, including anyone who wrote about his persuasion skills in positive terms. (I’m called an “apologist” on Twitter, or sometimes just Joseph Goebbels). 
If Clinton successfully pairs Trump with Hitler in your mind – as she is doing – and loses anyway, about a quarter of the country will think it is morally justified to assassinate their own leader. I too would feel that way if an actual Hitler came to power in this country. I would join the resistance and try to take out the Hitler-like leader. You should do the same. No one wants an actual President Hitler.
So I’ve decided to endorse Hillary Clinton for President, for my personal safety. Trump supporters don’t have any bad feelings about patriotic Americans such as myself, so I’ll be safe from that crowd. But Clinton supporters have convinced me – and here I am being 100% serious – that my safety is at risk if I am seen as supportive of Trump. So I’m taking the safe way out and endorsing Hillary Clinton for president.
As I have often said, I have no psychic powers and I don’t know which candidate would be the best president. But I do know which outcome is most likely to get me killed by my fellow citizens. So for safety reason, I’m on team Clinton.
My prediction remains that Trump will win in a landslide based on his superior persuasion skills. But don’t blame me for anything President Trump does in office because I endorse Clinton.

The rest of you are on your own. Good luck.

Quibcag: The lovely winker is Marii Buratei of Joshiraku (じょしらく), who is somewhat of a humorist herself.

1 comment:

  1. Randall Parker (ParaPundit) said of this:
    If you seriously think you are at that much risk then the thing to do would be to leave the country. Scott has made a lot of money from Dilbert and other pursuits. He could afford to buy permanent residency somewhere else.
    Obviously considering Mr. Adams profession, that statement is purely tongue-in-cheek. If not, Parker's advice makes very good sense. Maybe he should email Vox Day for suggestions - I hear Italy is pretty nice.