A recent post at Cyril Huze blog linked an article by Sun Sentinael columnist Hugh Curran that really got some readers fired up.  I read with interest, and agreed with most, if not all, of the points made in comments at Huze Blog, if maybe a bit more m0derately.

The dude took a serious amount of heat for this, as I’m sure he expected.  Making such hyperbolic statements is rarely a sign of someone uninformed, clueless, and hopelessly liberal.  I suggest that nobody makes the kinds of point he makes without thought to their level of logic and reason.  And I hardly think he thinks we should outlaw motorcycles.  There are certainly exceptions, but in a general sense, you don’t get to be a columnist, liberal or otherwise, by being a (help me out here, Red Foreman) dumb-ass.

I woke up this morning thinking about Curran’s piece and got in mind of an 18th century essay by Irishman Jonathan Swift in which he suggests that one way to solve the economic problems besieging many Irish during the years of the famine would be to (brace yourself here) serve up Irish babies as the main dish on the tables of wealthy British. The essay, whose full title is “A Modest Proposal for Preventing the Children of Poor People in Ireland From Being a Burden on Their Parents or Country, and for Making Them Beneficial to the Publick”, is often referred to as simply “A Modest Proposal“.  He goes so far as to make serving suggestions.  Clearly a hyperbolic lampoon, but many were outraged

Then I went and looked again at Curran’s column and noted a link to the left of it to his followup column.  In his first sentence he alludes to Swift’s piece by saying, “In my June 13 column I modestly proposed (my italics) … it was time to ban the motorcycle.”  He goes as far later to point out that bikers are great folks to ask about safety.  I found the whole exchange rather compelling.

Okay, enough big words and fancy literature.  Back to biker cartoons.