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In Praise of Satire

readers are so literal and blinkered that they took a “dark” view of
my “Obama
and His Texas Dreams
” column, even though I clearly marked it
“satire.” The sad thing is that much of what I wrote in the original
piece is no longer “prophetic” but are actualities. The Dallas
Cowboys cheerleaders
haven’t been bundled off to brothels….not yet. But Texan children are in many
instances being indoctrinated in “Hispanic” culture. In California, a white wearing
an American flag T-Shirt to school will get him expelled or suspended on
charges of “hate speech” or “racism” against Hispanic or Mexican students. In some
cases, Mexican students insist that the Mexican flag be flown over the American
on school grounds.
students in American colleges and universities unabashedly voice their support
for ISIS, Hamas, Hezbollah, and other Islamic terrorist organizations.
Read the Breitbart article on Muslim and Mexican immigration here.
Most Hispanic or Mexican immigrants or “refugees” bring their “culture” with
them and resist assimilation into a “melting pot” or reject it entirely. As long
ago as 1996 the consequences of unrestricted Muslim immigration to Europe were
detailed in Claudio Holzner’s Journal article, “Rebirth
of Islam in Italy: Between Indifference and Intolerance
,” especially in
regard to the rise of Islamic fundamentalism and waging “cultural jihad” in
European countries. Muslim and Mexican groups and spokesmen demand that non-Muslim
and non-Hispanics “respect” their cultures and desist from mocking them in
satire and even from penning serious
on their shortcomings or deleterious influences.
“respect” means, in this context, “submission.” It means that to these
tribalist minds, Beethoven, Rachmaninoff, and the statue of David must defer to
mariachi bands and the Chihuahua doing the Mexican hat dance on two legs (did I
mention that other outstanding dancing star, “
Piernas Locas” Pedro in my original
Fears of militant
fundamentalism are not totally unfounded. This summer, Italian police dismantled
an Algerian organization based in Naples and an Egyptian organization based in
Milan that reportedly had links to Islamic terrorist groups in these countries.
They arrested more than twenty immigrants and charged them with planning
terrorist activities in their home countries and in Europe. The recent subway
bombings in Paris are also signs that European countries are vulnerable targets
of Islamic terrorism.
was written in 1996. To say it was “prophetic” is an understatement. On the
immigration issue alone, read Peter J. Duignan’s 2003 lengthy study of U.S. immigration
policies and their consequences, “Making
and Remaking America: Immigration Into the United States
,” a Hoover
Institution paper.
or did not Barack Obama promise to “fundamentally transform
America? To list the ways he is accomplishing that along economic, legislative,
social and racial lines
would require a column ten times the length of this one. For a précis of the
subject, read Robert A. Hall’s American Thinker piece here.
ISIS established camps in Mexico, and formed an alliance with Mexican drug
cartels? See this report.
Does Obama want to “transform” Texas from a solid “red” state into another “blue”
Michigan? Well, yes.
is, “you can’t make this stuff up.” Especially not under the Obama
Regime. I think many readers are afraid of the truth. There’s not much room
left for exaggeration in today’s political and cultural climate. And, it seems
that many readers have no sense of humor, dark or bright, and certainly no
sense of or taste for satire. Well, that’s beyond my control. But the first
rule of thumb in combating and defeating evil is to laugh at it.
in most instances of it, is a form of laughing at evil, at the irrational, at
the malign, at the stupid. Political cartoonists, new and old, are satirists. Novels
and plays can be satires. So can be live performances by political pundits,
such as John Stewart, whose rolling eyes and exaggerated facial expressions amused
liberals and leftists and college graduates for years. (I don’t mean to be
complimentary by mentioning college graduates.)
is as old as ancient
, beginning with Aesop and ending today with the likes of Saturday
Night Live and countless movies, books, and political columns.
Carlin was a satirist. Listen to his send-up of popular radio stations in “Wonderful WINO.”  His humor is often crude but on-point, such as
his spiel on the Ten
and the period leading up to it produced scathing satire among
political cartoonists on both sides of the
Atlantic and on both sides of the “American problem,” and helped to rile up
Tories, Loyalists, and rebels alike in England and in the colonies.
Caricaturists are
satirists. As with other forms of satire, caricaturists isolate the outstanding
features of an individual and exaggerate them to produce an unforgettable image
of that person. This can also be done with ideas, ideologies, and religions.
Ayn Rand employed the skill of a caricaturist in her novel The Fountainhead to describe a left-wing drama critic, Jules
Fougler: “A cartoonist had once drawn a famous picture of him; it consisted of
two sagging circles, a large one and a small one: the large one was his
stomach, the small one – his lower lip.”
of my favorite comedies is a satiric play, Nude With Violin,
by Noël Coward, which is a hilarious
and justified critique of modern art.
” is a satiric send-up of Star
Satire is a medium that carries a double-edged bite.
A Jon Stewart can mock American values and people he doesn’t approve of without
critiquing them, relying on a consensus of amusement in his audiences as proof
of his “truths.” He gets away with it because the MSM loves him and will not
call him onto the carpet. Daniel Greenfield of Sultan Knish, however, has taken
him apart many times, but particularly in “How
Jon Stewart Gave us Obama
A columnist for the left-wing Guardian once dubbed
George Orwell’s “Nineteen
” a satiric novel. The “notoriously” anti-Islam French magazine
Charlie Hebdo was nominated
for a PEN award
, and won it, but members of PEN who object to the
satirization of Mohammad
are boycotting the ceremony. In the meantime, the chief
for Charlie Hebdo has renounced caricaturing Mohammad, surely a
sign of submission to Islam (Islam meaning
Salmon Rushdie, author of The Satanic Verses, itself a satirical novel on Islam, which earned
him a perpetual death fatwa from the late, humorless,
chief turban-head of Iran, has supported the PEN award to Charlie Hebdo and
called the dissidents some nasty names (it sounds like “wussies”:
he made it clear he wasn’t backing down on another allegation, made in a letter
to PEN earlier this week, in which he described Prose and the five other
authors to have withdrawn as “the fellow travellers” of “fanatical Islam, which
is highly organised, well funded, and which seeks to terrify us all, Muslims as
well as non-Muslims, into a cowed silence”. His Facebook post repeated the
allegation: “‘Fellow travellers’, yes. No question of that. As for ‘fine distinctions’,
here’s what I see. Our fellow artists were murdered for their ideas and you
won’t stand up for them. I’m very sorry to see that. I think you’ll find the
vast majority of the PEN membership will be sorry, too.”
All in all, satire can be entertaining, amusing, and
a weapon of information and
misinformation. Caveat emptor. In today’s
political and cultural climate, the line dividing truth from satire is becoming
increasingly blurred.


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1 Comment

  1. Edward Cline

    I might also have mentioned that in many countries today, satire can get you killed, or indefinitely incarcerated, tortured, and hung out to dry. In the U.S., Tom Wolfe's satire, "The Bonfire of the Vanities," did not get the author killed. If he'd published its like in Nazi Germany or the Soviet Union (or even in Putin's Russia), he would have earned a quick obituary.

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