After reading the first line of Christopher Bedford’s attack on Democrats from the Daily Caller article, Creepy Uncle Sam is the best political mascot since normal Uncle Sam; my immediate reaction was to shout expletives at him. As I continued reading, however, I was shocked at how accurate his article truly was. “The left is having a temper tantrum,” he says, regarding the New Opt Out of Obamacare/ Creepy Uncle Sam commercials hitting televisions all across America. Since I had not seen any of these commercials and clearly had no idea who the Creepy Uncle Sam fellow was, I clicked play on the video. I was certain I would be outraged since I am a staunch Liberal, a vehement supporter of our president, and an excited defender of Universal Healthcare. However, by the end of the commercial, I noticed two things happening. 1) I was audibly laughing, and 2) I heard the voice in my head say “good for them.”
Before you make a hurried judgment about my loyalties or credibility, just finish reading; and open your mind, after all, we are the progressive ones…
I believe each person has the right to state his or her opinions as loudly or as dramatically as they want or need. While I am off strategically fighting for marriage equality and women’s rights, I am not disregarding all the other American birthrights; one of my favorite rights in this country is freedom of speech. Luckily, as an outspoken opinionated writer, I have that right but it is not just for me. Simply because I do not agree with you does not mean your rights are meaningless. Bring your game; just play in a way that grabs my attention and lets me truly see your side. Make it interesting, I say. The normal humdrum opinion coming from the right is just that- boring and unimpressive, and most of the time laced with the mild flavor of hate. So, imagine how relieved I was to see an advertisement that not only held my attention, but also made me laugh aloud! I assure you I was just as shocked as you are once I was aware of what was happening with my body and mind. After reviewing my thoughts, though, it became very clear. Intelligent humor wins! No, I am not going to opt out of Obamacare, and I am not going to share the commercial on my social media walls, but I am going to silently golf clap for the generally tightly-wound crew responsible for this marketing ploy.
What I want to say to my temper-tantrum-throwing allies is this: Get over it! Those opposing Healthcare reform have every right to oppose it. Those that feel the government is…well, sticking it to them, have every right to feel that way and express it any way they choose. Who knew the stuffy ones could ever send out such a risqué well-executed commercial for the world to enjoy? I certainly did not, and for that, I applaud them. Well played, Conservatives- well played.
Written By: Amy Magness Whatley