Welcome to Skittlegate, my friends.
Have we really become a society that finds offense in those classic literary tools of “Analogies” and “Metaphor?”
If we are, I am so screwed.
The latest faux outrage to erupt among the precious Snowflakes of the Left is over an image Donald Trump Junior tweeted out.
From an analogy standpoint, that’s pretty good.
But, oh how they are howling!
You’d think Donald Junior referred to refugees as sub-human the fuss people are making.
Is it because he used Skittles?
Would it have been less outrageous if he used M&Ms? Or maybe Reese’s Pieces?
How about instead of a candy, he used cookies? Would cookies be okay?
Some vegan treat perhaps?
Wait. Is there such a thing as a vegan treat? Seems a bit of an oxymoron if you ask me.
This analogy has been swirling around social media ever since last September when Obama hatched his grand plans to bring in tens of thousands of Syrian refugees into the US.
In fact, I first saw it shortly after the terror attack in Paris. And back then, the analogy centered around M&Ms.
Even the maker of Skittles decided to get involved in Skittlegate. They actually released a statement (a statement for Pete’s sake!) in which they said:
“Skittles are candy. Refugees are people. We don’t feel it’s an appropriate analogy.”
And on that day the word “Duh” was redefined.
Skittles are candy and refugees are people?!
What part of the word “analogy” are these nitwits not understanding?
This is the problem when your factory default is to look for reasons to be offended.
Let’s be honest. This analogy is spot-on.
Sure, many of those seeking refugee status may be good and decent people. But we know terrorists are lurking among them.
Are we willing to run the risk of letting the wolves through the gate?
(FYI, that’s another analogy. It’s what we in the writing biz call a “metaphor.” News flash from the “Duh” files: Wolves are animals; refugees are people. I’m not saying terrorists are literally wolves any more than Don Junior is saying they are fruit-flavored candy in a tart shell. Oy, the work!).
The truth is, the analogy is effective in another way. We as a nation do not need to bring these refugees in just like people do not need to eat Skittles to survive.
Or a vegan treat.
The top priority of the President of the United States is the safety and security of the American people.
I have that on good authority from Barack Obama himself who loves to remind us in speech after speech that his top priority as President is the safety and security of the American people.
Continuing to let these refugees in when we have no way of knowing which of them may seek to kill us is playing a deadly game of Russian Roulette with American lives.
(Not literally playing Russian Roulette. That’s another analogy).
Ignoring the threat altogether – as Obama has done and as Hillary intends to do — is downright treasonous.
Here’s the reason Leftists are getting the vapors over Skittlegate.
(Not literally getting the vapors. That’s a metaphor).
Analogies are effective.
You know the old saying. If you’re taking flak, you’re over the target.
(Which, by the way is also a metaphor because Donald Trump Junior is not in a jet and the Leftists are not actually literally shooting anti-aircraft guns at him).
Whew. If I have to explain the use of metaphor and analogy in every single post, I’m going to be busier than a one-armed paper-hanger.
Which, by the way, is metaphorical.
Hat tip Fox News.
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