"Equal and Opposite Reactions"
Americans everywhere have been greatly enjoying the endless Bernie in His Mittens memes and photoshops that have sprung up all over the internet and continue to proliferate,
Now, when I say that we never got a good laugh from the Trump Administration, I don't mean to say that we never got any laughs at all.
Sure, there was plenty of comedy generated by the sometimes terrible antics of Trump and his entourage.
But the wealth of satire inspired by Donald Trump and those who served him was in effect ridicule of their vices, exposition of their corruption, criticism of their wrong-doing. It was humor born of outrage. It was comedy to assuage our depression. It promoted laughter to keep us from crying.
But that wasn't good laughter. It wasn't nice laughter. Or kind laughter. It wasn't happy laughter. And it was in no way laughter born from affection for its subject, as is the laughter we're all sharing now over the viral spin-offs of Bernie in his Mittens.
A few days ago New York Time columnist Thomas L. Friedman wrote, "The most striking feature of Trump’s presidency was that year after year he kept surprising us on the downside."
Just a few days into the Biden presidency we've already received a welcome surprise on the upside.