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Aboard the Tygrrrr Express with Eric Golub

I met Eric Golub at a Republican women’s conference in Atlanta. Eric and I served on a media panel and there was never a dull moment. Funny, irreverent and politically incorrect, the author and comedian has a unique way of framing issues of the day. Eric agreed to do a Q&A with The US Report.

Undeniably, you’re a hit on the Republican speaker circuit and have covered many U.S. cities. Share a personal story of a speaking event gone awry.

Eric Golub (Photo: The Washington Times) I have had only one truly horrible experience. In Palm Beach County, Florida, we met at a restaurant that was not closed off. A thunderstorm broke out, and there was no sound system. I had to raise my voice to overcome the weather. The group were RINOs (Republicans In Name Only) who disliked my saying anything negative about President Obama or anything positive about Sarah Palin.

Some of my books got ruined from the weather. One of the leading members of the group moved my books across the table right next to his food. When I explained that I needed the area clear, he sought revenge by going up to people and talking to them while I was speaking. He walked back and forth during my remarks.

The organizer of the group (ironically her last name was Gore) gave what may have been the worst introduction in the history of introductions. She called me up to the front to speak an hour early and said, “This is Eric. He wrote a book. He has some information for us.” They had no idea I was a comedian, and my remarks were doomed from the start.

The very next day I spoke to another group in Palm Beach County. Before that speech, I asked them if it was ok to praise Palin and criticize Obama. They told me they expected that and of course it was. I told them the other group was against this. The second group asked “What the hell kind of Republicans were these?” The second group had an indoor event with a perfect sound system. That event went well. The second group was the Boynton Beach Republican Club, and I will always be grateful to them and the Delray Beach Republican Club for treating me kindly. As for the other group, they shall remain as nameless as they are worthless.

Did you come to politics on your own, or is there a family tradition?

My parents are very political, and are Republicans. So I never had any kind of epiphany. I have moved leftward as I have gotten older. I used to be to the right of Attila the Hun, scaring young children. Now I am a mainstream conservative. I have softened my edges ever so very slightly. Those who do not see this can go (self-redacted) themselves, proving that maybe I still have an edge.

What could Republicans and libertarians do to be more supportive of creative—grants, award funds, etc.? Do you think the Left has us beat in that sector because they support it more aggressively?

I am the worst person to answer this question. I hate artists. I wish we could hunt artists. My dad once said, “Son, the world needs poets too.” No. It doesn’t. We need more investment bankers and stockbrokers and lawyers…not legal aid lawyers but corporate hired guns willing to defend gun companies, oil companies, and food and beverage companies.

Anybody who spends $4,000 to live in a loft in Soho while strumming a guitar and waxing about the unfairness of life…they should be  encouraged to do the running of the bulls without the multi-second head start. I remember sitting in Music Appreciation and Art History in school and thinking, “How the heck is this going to make me a better stockbroker?”

I once had to do an assignment on the true meaning of art. I stole an idea from a TV show and wrote “Art is short for Arthur.” I received an F despite that being an entirely true statement. As your audience can tell, I am far from well-rounded. I never claim to be. If I was, that would make me more pretentious than most artists.

Don’t you think comedy/satire is a great vehicle for messaging? Don’t you think we could use that more in our overall messaging as opposition party?

Anger does not sell. Ronald Reagan was the master of using humor, especially self-deprecating humor. One of the reasons the left is so insufferable is because they are incapable of laughing at themselves. Outside of calling conservatives stupid or evil, they have nothing to offer in terms of humor. The right is not bound by the toxic humor-killing element of political correctness. Political correctness prevents liberals from using humor honestly because they are scared to death of offending people who frankly deserve to be offended.

How do you feel about 2016? Are you satisfied with the early presumed candidates?

The 2016 GOP field is the deepest and best bench I have seen since 1980. There are fantastic candidates to choose from. Ted Cruz, Chris Christie, Marco Rubio, Colonel Allen West, and Paul Ryan are among many rising stars from all over the political spectrum. Any one of them could give Lady Macbeth Clinton a run for her crooked money.

What’s your favorite: 1. Book  2. Work of Art  3. Musical composition  4. Moment in American history?

My favorite book is The Iliad. A bunch of guys go to war over a woman. That is the most realistic book of fiction ever made. I read mostly nonfiction, and loved President George W. Bush’s Decision Points.

I have no appreciation for paintings, but I think the most beautiful entity I have ever laid eyes on is the human female in all her glory, especially if she is a Republican Jewish brunette. I would certainly bring one of those into my home.

My music tastes range. I like everything from 1980s hard rock to danceable rap and hip hop to country music. Steven Tyler of Aerosmith is a lyrical genius. I like happy music, and never liked the 1990s grunge scene. For one thing, I was not suicidal. Also, I was not into drugs. I also never understood reggae, again perhaps because I was not into getting stoned.

While plenty of history existed before me, I think people tend to romanticize events that were told to them. So sticking to my lifetime, with 9/11 being the worst day, 9/14 and 9/20 of 2001 were the best days. 9/14 was when Dubya grabbed that bullhorn next to that firefighter and told the world that the people who knocked down the towers were going to hear from all of us. His speech to the nation on 9/20 should be mandatory viewing for schoolchildren forever. I love “The Dub.”

Eric Golub is a politically conservative Jewish blogger, author, public speaker, and comedian. His book trilogy comprises Ideological Bigotry, Ideological Violence, and Ideological Idiocy. He is Brooklyn born, Long Island raised, and has lived in Los Angeles since 1990. He received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Judaism, and his MBA from USC. A stockbrokerage professional since 1994, he began blogging on March 11th, 2007, the three year anniversary of the Madrid bombings and the midpoint of 9/11. He has been inflicting his world view on his unfortunate readers since then. He blogs about politics Monday through Friday, and about football and other human interest items on weekends. Read more of his work at The Washington Times and The Tygrrrr Express.

(Filed by Kay B. Day/Aug. 27, 2013)


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