I know, you’re thinking, “But, B.! Today is Superbowl Sunday. I don’t also have time to devote to Act Like Bill Hobbs Day.”
But listen, acting like Bill Hobbs seems to amount to just making sure that everyone knows what lying communists people different than him are and that Democrats, because they are different than him, are lying communistsand sending endless faxes to Liz Garrigan over at the Scene.
Well, folks, if you’re watching the Superbowl this Sunday, you are not, by definition, in the Superbowl and so the people on your television are different than you. There will be times when you feel like yelling at some of them.
All I ask is that, at that moment, you remember that today is also Act Like Bill Hobbs Day and you yell something along the lines of:
“You’re playing like a French anthropologist!”
“That call was a hoax!”
“You bunch of communists!”
“Probably a Democrat and the MSM just won’t tell us.”
And, if you have access to a fax machine, you might think of sending a few faxes to Liz Garrigan in the style of Hobbs.
I know what you’re saying now, “But B., isn’t Rigoberta Menchu a lying liar who lies so we can just ignore her and make some disparaging comments about the French in good conscience?”
But here’s the thing, folks. Menchu wasn’t some timid, simple Guatemalan peasant woman telling Burgos the story of her life so that it might be written down in a version as close to the Truth as one might come and preserved for posterity. Menchu was in the middle of a violent civil war, had lost family members to the violence, and was desperately trying to bring attention to the vast human rights violations being perpetrated during the war.
She was trying to tell a story to a person with an international audience that would spur that international audience to turn its attention to what was going on in Guatamala and help her people.
And, to an extent, it worked.
Was it a completely factual history of her life? No.
Was it effective propaganda? Yes.
For that reason, you’d think the master propagandist, Hobbs, would have at least some begrudging respect for her.