BY DONN LISTON (2018©donnliston.com)
May 1, 2018
Senior Voice: https://www.seniorvoicealaska.com/story/2018/05/01/columns/legislative-skits-skewer-but-too-selectively/1675.html
ECHO Magazine: https://www.echoak.com/2018/04/legislative-skits-amuse/
The band began the evening's festivities with a song called "Learning to Lie." It was an appropriate beginning given our state's current economic situation and legislative coalitions grandstanding on how to address the challenge before returning home to face voters. From the song: Well some say cut and some say spend; some say raid, some say defend. If I tell the truth I'll lose my fans, but I think I have a plan. I'm learning to lie and double down so I don't get run out of town. I'm learning to lie about these things because the truth really stinks.
These skits demonstrated this dilemma. There is no pretense of fairness or balance; everybody conservative is fair game, anyone liberal gets a pass. To really be balanced the organization of these theatrical antics should have to feature skits by thespians of equal conservative/liberal persuasions. I don't know if the liberals could tolerate such a balance and I don't know if conservatives would care to present mockery of political opponents in this kind of forum.