Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Humor and Damned Hippies

Here is a piece about Fox News and their effort at a comedy news cast. Conservative humor. My gut is busting already. I suffered through all the examples on this admittedly liberal website. The only thing remotely funny was the Madeline Albright impersonator bending over and ripping her dress and the part where Gorin says something to the effect that it is amazing how many people think they are smarter than the President. That was suppose to be a set up but turned out to be the only thing in any of it that made me laugh out loud. The examples of the proof popped into my mind immediately. Now I will be the first to admit that I am far from the funniest guy on the planet...waaay down the list. I'm a rather serious and sincere person. Being in radio I have learned about it and how those that are good at it do it though. Irony and juxtaposition accounts for much of the good stuff. Self deprecating humor is also often a big winner. Somehow I don't think the latter will be much in use on the right. Can you see Hannity or O'liley or Coulter making a joke about themselves. That's about as likely as PETA deep frying their turkey this year. I am sure that the far right wing will find some humor in the coming Fox News comedy effort but I have a feeling that with the majority it is bound to fail. You see, another thing about comedy is that it must start with the premise of truth and that is going to be hard for them to do if what I have seen so far is any indication. As an occasional viewer and listener to right wing radio and blogs I can tell you that the following serious editorial is likely to be the stuff they will try to juxtapose or find irony in. Here is why it won't work. Here is the “serious” editorial.

America won't win another war until the 1960s flower children are pushing up petunias.
Radicalized, the flower children morphed into lefty loonies who now masquerade as social progressives. No matter what they rename themselves, however, their agenda hasn't changed.
Ok the agenda is a lot the same. Some truth there. How they make, love not war, equality for all, and caring for the least among us into a joke should be quite a trick.
For example, consider their continued belief that America's armed forces are neo-Nazi stormtroopers who delight in burning babies to further the aims of imperialistic corporations.
The problem with this is it isn't true and everyone but them knows it. The vast number of Americans, Liberals and old hippys included, don't think our armed forces are evil. They think the people ordering them around are. Most, including old hippys have been in or know someone in the military and know they don't delight in killing but rather do it as service or as obeying the orders they are given. Hard to make a joke about that. The idea of imperialistic corporations is not a wild idea in the least and is another thing that most people admit that the radical right finds as nonsense.
To renounce their military fictions would mean facing bigger, more important truths: Marxism doesn't work. Love is not all you need. Western culture is worth defending because it protects freedom, tolerance and the greatest material good for the greatest number. Government can't solve every problem. The American taxpayer has no obligation to support the rest of the world's exploding population.
The problem is she is the one creating the military fictions of the left. Nary a liberal I know is or wants to be a Marxist. Love is not always possible but it is a far more noble thing to strive for than hate. We on the left are the ones usually called TOO tolerant. We are the ones fighting to stop the giving away of our freedom in the name of fighting terrorism and it is we that push for the greatest good for the greatest number. We are fine with all of those elements of Western Culture so no juxtapose or irony there. Everyone already knows that there is no magic bullet that will solve every problem be it government or anything else so that would be an outrageous claim. It would be good to have government work for the good of the majority of the people instead of against them. Why is the right in favor of spending 500 billion for the good of Iraq but quibbling over spending money on and in America and on Americans? The irony is all her.

Thus, lefty loonies deny that terrorists have declared war on America, while insisting that we can win the war through negotiation. They seem to believe the terrorists will spare them because they are nice.
This is a very, very popular meme among the radical right that no one else finds as truth. Negotiation is one piece of the puzzle that shouldn't be ignored. That fact that they ignore it is why the left is forced to bring it up. The left fully understands America is in danger and has been attacked. That people would like to do us harm. That is a whole other post. To pretend that any notable swath of America is not aware of this is idiocy. It is not about being nice. Try doing harm to someone in a liberals family and see how fast the nice ends. It is about the high road, conscience, respect and respectability. That the radical right doesn't understand this is why the joke is on them here.
Whose life is more important: the 12-year-old Iraqi firing an Uzi or a soldier from Kentucky?
Which is more sacred: a mosque hiding a weapons cache or a plane of tourists?
Well, I guess it depends on who you ask and who is getting killed isn't it. I can't recall hearing much about any sizeable number of iraqi children killing Americans. She is making stuff up again.
A mosque or a plane.? That is a non sequitur in it's context here and I have no idea what she is talking about.
It's crucial that we come to terms with war questions because we will have war with Iran and North Korea. It will come down to their children or ours, their soldiers or ours, their countries or ours.
I guess she has decided that war is inevitable. Something I think most would be reticent to do. Personally I would see this as a blatant statement of warmongering but that is just me.
Their BAWL (Buddha-Allah-Wicca-Lenin) is better than some old Judeo-Christian God.
I think God would prefer to be called just God without the qualifiers. The vast majority of liberals are not among her BAWL cabal and the ones that are probably find it a personal choice and in terms of right or wrong and not better or worse.
In their heart of hearts, lefty loonies do want America to lose in Iraq and every military theater. They want outside enemies to accomplish quickly the demolition of American capitalism...
Another wildly popular radical right meme that only they believe. Virtually no Americans want Americans to lose and everybody knows it but the radical right. The vast majority don't want to demolish capitalism but are in favor of checks and balances of money and power.
After all, lefty loonies want their social justice and their pensions, too.
The nerve of them!

This is a prime example of right wing thought. How you take this sad piece of falsehood and bolderdash and turn it into something any more funny than in already is is a mystery to me.If it is funnier than their perception of reality it will be a success.


Blogger The Donkey said...

It is not on subject. The Donkey heard on 1230 KPSA, this am, that Mr.Chris Johnson left the station. He has a better job in Iowa.

Mr. Johnson did a very good job and he will be missed.

12:57 AM, November 23, 2006  
Blogger Ron said...

Yes, he did a great job. Who knows if it will be a better job but it will be a change. Tim Dill will be the Manager of the station so they will be working together again. Change is good, at least for the person making it. It is a growth opportunity.

5:12 PM, November 23, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whether or not the writer of the editorial really believes their hate mongering, its still hate mongering. Apparently, the U.S. government is supposed to be able to "solve" the problems of the Middle East and the U.S. taxpayers are "obligated" to give tax funds and tax breaks to the Halliburtons.
Anyone who does not agree with their nonsensical beliefs are "lefty loonies". I suppose that includes anyone who believes in maintaining pensions, Social Security, Medicare and achieving national healthcare. Of course they try to marginalize and demonize the recipients of these benefits so that their loss will be "deserved". These social darwinists should be shown for
what they are: corporatist whores.

Larry in New Mexico

6:00 PM, November 24, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here are some responses to the paper in "red-state" Kentucky about the editorial.

Larry in New Mexico

6:24 PM, November 24, 2006  
Blogger Ron said...

I noticed not all those responses appeared to be from Kentucky, regardless they were points well made. The thing is this kind of stuff is what you hear and read all the time on right wing radio and right wing blogs. It is not the least bit unusual. They need to let go of their rigidity and rethink their faith about all things.

7:41 PM, November 24, 2006  

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