Veiled threats, expressions of malevolent desire and implied metaphors with violent vehicles but supposedly benevolent tenors seem to be the order of the day. Lately, the right appears to specialize in these kinds of things but here is one from a union leader. Bergen County Education Association President Joe Coppola wrote a little prayer at the end of a letter which he intended to be confidential.
Dear Lord, this year you have taken away my favorite actor, Patrick Swayze, my favorite actress, Farrah Fawcett, my favorite singer, Michael Jackson, and my favorite salesman, Billy Mays. I just wanted to let you know that Chris Christie is my favorite governor. [CNN]
The hope of confidentiality is no excuse. Supposed humor is no excuse. This stuff must stop. And all sides need to stop it now. No matter want side of an issue he or she may favor, it doesn’t take much for a true crazy person to do something truly crazy.
PS. My preferred terminology for the elements of metaphor is “source” and “target.” But without taking time to define my language clearly within the context of cognitive linguistics, I thought it inappropriate to use “target.” I believe that is the level of care now required.