Satire *is* dead.
Tod, in his recent post on the MRM, has this to say about today’s right:
Regardless of what they claim, the right doesn’t actually really stand for anything, and hasn’t in a while. Rather, it defines itself as being whatever liberals aren’t
If you’re a fair-minded, neutral observer, that might seem overstated. If, on the other hand, you’re me, that calls for a completely over-the-top parody of a right-wing screed that opposes family reunions, good grades, and clean drinking water. The thing is, both the good soul and I are out of luck. He’s wrong, and I have no shot at topping the real thing.
You see, over at The American Spectator, James Bowman argues, in response to 12 Years a Slave, that slavery really wasn’t all that bad:
If ever in slavery’s 250-year history in North America there were a kind master or a contented slave, as in the nature of things there must have been, here and there, we may be sure that Mr McQueen does not want us to hear about it. This, in turn, surely means that his view of the history of the American South is as partial and one-sided as that of the hated Gone With the Wind.
Words fail me. Yes, I could point out the manifest stupidity of the comparison, or snark about how next week he’ll be calling black people racists for voting Democratic, but, honestly, it would be like trying to bring down a charging rhino with a popgun. And I don’t for a second think that Bowman really is OK with slavery, or wouldn’t agree in an unguarded moment that it was a horror and an abomination. But the poor so-and-so saw liberals congratulating each other on a well-made, well-received, successful film, and he just couldn’t help himself.