St. Patrick’s Day is usually a time of levity and celebration, especially for those of Irish descent. Jokes are a given as green beer flows freely. But there is a limit to what is actually funny and violence against the President is most definitely over the line. Apparently not to Plymouth County Sheriff Joseph D. McDonald, Jr., though:
McDonald offered a joke about Barack Obama being visited in a dream by three past presidents, who offered advice on how to improve the country. Lincoln’s advice: “Go to the theater.” (source)
Yeah. Tasteless, to say the least. But coming from a member of law enforcement who calls himself an avid sportsman and target shooter and who pledges the “best in public safety,” it is particularly offensive. With the attention that the issue of gun safety is now seeing, you’d think someone who is charged with the public’s safety might consider his words more carefully. Unfortunately, it gets worse…
When the Boston Globe reported on this on Sunday night, they printed a synopsis of the “joke.” But by Monday, it was no longer there, The Blue Mass Group reported. But the horse was out of the barn and critics chastised Sheriff McDonald for his obnoxious remarks.
But, as usual, the Republican just can’t let it go. Though the Sheriff has not responded to Think Progress requesting a comment, he did talk to a local newspaper, the Plymouth Patch. In the story, McDonald defended the joke as “old” and that he’d “heard liberals tell (it)…”
“The irony of it is, it’s perfectly OK for them [liberals] to make those jokes about President Bush or someone from the other side of the aisle. I can imagine what some of this place comes from not 2013 United States, it’s more like Nazi Germany in 1938.”
Oh, good. A Nazi reference right out of the gate. I guess old McDonald doesn’t know about Godwin’s Law. The point here is that anyone who makes any kind of joke about a public figure being assassinated is being tasteless and stupid. And, yes, that goes for making such “jokes” about Bush or any other Republican. God knows that there are enough issues to make fun of them about without resorting to allusions of murder.
Despite Sheriff McDonald’s childish defensiveness, he needs to remember that he is a public servant who is responsible for the safety of his community. Such immaturity is unseemly and he should be censured by his fellow law enforcement officers and other city officials. Sheriff McDonald is in the wrong here and rather than acting like a 3-year-old who got caught with his hand in the cookie jar, he needs to step up and act like the adult he claims to be.
T. Steelman is a life-long Liberal. She has been writing online about politics since 2007. She lives in Western Washington with her husband, daughter, 2 cats and a small herd of alpacas. How can anybody be enlightened? Truth is, after all, so poorly lit…