In Defense Of Clowns – Jokers, Politicians and the Games They Play

Jokes, comparisons and cartoons of a political nature have been a staple of campaigns and party slogans in America for centuries. Recently, there appears to be a surge in the media suggesting similarities between politicians and clowns. As a circus clown I would like to take this opportunity to set a few things straight.

On his speech to a joint session of Congress on September 8th, 2011, even President Obama used the phrase “political circus.” Yes, many parallels exist between the two groups but using derogatory references like “politician” when referring to my fellow clowns is offensive. Let us compare a traditional circus with national politics in order to get some bearings.

Our three branch government functions similarly to the well-organized three ring circus. That much is clear. Also, clowns and politicians are both adept at juggling, whether it be bowling pins, flaming torches, scandals or blocks of voters. There is even a book titled “The Congress of Clowns,” a publication on political joker slot satire and theater in Russia, by author Joel Schechter. It’s no wonder politicians attempt to associate themselves with clowns when Mr. Schechter refers to clowns as “intellectuals of the circus.”

In addition, clowns use make-up and colorful wigs while politicians prefer hair plugs and spray-on tans. Both claim to be in it for the children but let’s face it, everyone knows that we are all in it for the perks. Politicians have the benefit of tax-payer funded overseas congressional junkets while clowns have virtually unlimited access to a multitude of balloon animals.

Perhaps Congress could take a useful cue from clowns and rather than enacting recently proposed tax increases host instead a nationwide carnival to raise needed funds. It could include a dunking booth where, for a nominal fee, you can attempt to splash your local, state and national bureaucrats. Since losing almost twenty percent of my home value over the past few years it may be worth it for me to fly to Massachusetts for the opportunity to lob a few fastballs at Congressman Barney Frank while I still have the chance. Although to be honest with you I wouldn’t aim for the button. Let’s see how he likes being in an underwater position.

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