If ever the United States of Anger needed an industrial-size dose of comic relief injected straight into its gluteus maximus, now is certainly the time. The entire country is heading for political divorce court, if not outright civil war along deeply entrenched battle lines. And don’t expect the next generation of Americans to provide any answers.
These so-called millennials, the snot-nosed offspring of this dysfunctional marriage who would sooner trash their own campuses than hear a voice that clashes with the one rattling around inside of their soft heads, are a lost generation. Comedy could act as the perfect antidote against this national contagion. In order for comedy to work its subtle influence, the people must be willing to laugh at themselves, and accept a bit of self-deprecating joking. But alas, America has lost its sense of humor. Much of the nation is struggling just to breathe inside a strait jacket of stultifying political correctness, a fake puritanical righteousness predicated on victimhood that was coming into fashion long before a man named Trump stormed the national stage. Today, a simple thing like drawing attention to aspects of race, gender and religion is punishable by the harshest public condemnation. Americans were not always so touchy about the many differences that are supposed to define and unite us.
.At the same time, something has gone drastically wrong of late with the political part of the comedy spectacle. Once upon a time, comedians ‘roasted’ American politicians without malice or ill-intent, thereby carrying on an ancient practice. In medieval times, every
European court had its jester, while even the pharaohs employed “licensed fools” who could say the things nobody else dared. It has been said that the purpose of these jesters was far more than simply to induce laughter. Rather, it allowed the king or queen to hear criticisms that nobody in the court pronounced aloud for fear of losing their head. However, it needs to be emphasized that the purpose of the court jester was certainly never intended to help supplant or impeach the ruler, as seems to be their ultimate purpose today.
Up until the moment Trump entered the White House, there had always been something inherently innocuous about political comedy. Regardless of which party controlled the White House, the president was regularly the subject of good-natured ribbing and impersonation, as seen by the numerous skits performed by the likes of Johnny Carson, for example, who dominated the late-night comedy circuit for 30 years.
And oddly enough, although Republican two-term president George W. Bush bombed the sovereign state of Iraq back to the Stone Age for no reason whatsoever, Hollywood liberals quickly forgot all their pretensions regarding morals and human rights, rarely if ever dragging him over the comedy coals.
That sort of bias that gives warmongering American leaders a pass continued with Barack Obama, who spearheaded the 2011 invasion of Libya. This military offensive against a sovereign nation led to the crack up of the most economically and socially developed African country, while unleashing a wave of terror throughout the region. Finally, in his last year in office, Obama dropped 26,171 bombs in the Middle East and Asia….Read more