I usually don’t watch man on the street interviews unless I really feel the need for a cheap laugh. Most of them are like shooting fish in a barrel.
You know the ones I’m talking about, like Jay Leno and some other talk show hosts do. Go to a street corner, ask people who’s a better basketball player, Thomas Jefferson or John Adams — that sort of thing.
But one done recently by Mark Dice really just stunned me. In it, Dice (wearing an Obama T-shirt as camouflage) asked passersby if they supported President Obama’s announcement that he would repeal the Bill of Rights to keep us safe from ISIS.
Apparently, a lot of people on that particular stretch of beach (it looks kind of like Santa Monica) are all in favor.
“Yeah, I would agree with that,” said one fellow.
“So Obama is apparently in a position to know whether we should repeal the Bill of Rights,” Dice prompted.
“You would hope so, yeah,” the apparent sunstroke victim replied.
“He just knows what’s best,” Dice continued straight-faced.
“I wouldn’t say necessarily he knows what’s best,” the man said, “but I think he’s depending on an awful lot of people to help him make the best decisions. Sometimes it may not seem so from the beginning or from the surface, but only time will tell whether or not it was the right or wrong decision.”
It’s actually kind of cute that he believes there’s any thought process that goes into government. …
The interviewees became even more agreeable when Dice expanded his fiction to include the “fact” that both parties were supporting the proposal.
“Well if they’re agreeing on something, maybe it is a good thing,” one woman said.
“It’s what’s best for the New World Order,” Dice jabbed.
“OK, well let’s do it. Let’s get behind it,” she replied.
The premise is just so absurd, you have to wonder how even the densest of human beings could not spot the setup. Dice could have said that Godzilla was on his way to the West Coast and authorities had decided to let him eat San Francisco in exchange for a guarantee he wouldn’t touch the other coastal cities, and it would have been more believable.
The answers, as disturbing as they are, are not entirely surprising. The ignorance of history and current events, combined with the glass-eyed sheepishness of these people are just reminders of how deep in trouble this country really is.
The thing about Dice’s scenario that’s so chilling, however, is that under this president it’s believable.
Obama has defied the separation of powers and numerous other sections of the Constitution at will, and Congress shows no interest in stopping him.
These man on the street segments are meant to be funny. But if the people of this country lose the will to be free, or even the knowledge of what freedom is, how can America survive?