Apparently this is what we all look like to conservatives.
Susan D. Harris, American BWAHAHA:
Comedy as a Weapon of the Left
Did I survive that holiday season? Holy fuck, how?
So yeah, turns out that one’s first holiday season after being disowned sucks such great donkey balls that it served as Christ’s first bestiality porn show.
It’s a fitting end to 2013, a year which has served as probably the worst year of my entire life, I suppose. Which is a shame, because overall, I rather like the number 13.
But it’s no matter, for today is the beginning of a new year, one that I can’t really be too pessimistic about, because I swung by our good friends at American Thinker and, you know what, I found out that apparently, I’m some kind of badass ninja assassin or something.
Shorter (or the last port before Jungle):
- Comedy is a deadly weapon because McCarthy is a joke.
Oh hell the fuck yes.
Now that’s the way to feel on New Year’s Day! Like a powerful warrior woman with sword and shield slicing up mofos and taking no shit. Ha, how is it that it’s the wingnuts who have given me the best gift of all? It’s almost enough to make me want to give them a little slack.
How is it that leftist mockery of conservatives became a staple of popular culture?
A staple of popular culture? Oh you silver tongued flatterer, you!
But to answer your question more seriously, it’s probably because conservatism has become a bitter joke, so disconnected from reality and real life experiences but possessing such great power to destroy lives, that black comedy is the only possible response.
I mean, how does one soberly respond to assertions like “Obama is a secret Kenyan muslim” or “gay people are mind-controlling space aliens who will make us all queer” or “Giving all the money to rich fuckers hoarding up to play a game of ‘who’s richest’ will somehow magically make infinite jobs appear”? It’s rather impossible, so instead one turns to comedy because the absurdity of the whole pretense mocks itself.
And it reveals those powerful people who are hoping to use terrorism and fear to enforce a narrow band of conformity as the walking jokes they are. Tiny men who want to play at being Gods on golden mountains of bullshit and fear of change, inherently comedic, simply by the cold march of time.
The world hardly needs us miserable lefties to poison the chalice with our acerbic wits, but it helps dull the ache of tyrants and idiots while we pass the time to inevitability.
One of the major sources of the attitude that now pervades the dominant media of our time is a man named Herbert Lawrence Block, aka Herb Block, aka Herblock.
I mean, I get that this is one of those bizarre “this random man is our stand-in to a cultural phenomenon or true theory we would like to be eliminated” things, but usually in the case of things like Darwin or Betty Friedan, I’ve actually heard of the bloody person.
I mean, if this is supposed to be the stand-in for all snarky leftie bastards, mocking wingnuts on the internet, I’d like to be at least somewhat familiar with his work.
As a political cartoonist, Herb Block used comedy and mockery with cunning skill.
That may be the first time I’ve ever heard the words “political cartoonist” heralded with the descriptor “cunning skill”.
I mean, not to malign the profession anymore than the profession has already done so, but political cartoonists are some of the basest hacks on the goddamn planet, churning out predictable “St Peter” cartoons whenever someone famous dies or easy overly-labeled digs at soft targets. I mean, this and this are the profession that she is heralding as the height of comedy and a genuine threat to the dominance of right-wing idiocy.
Sigh, I don’t know about you, but my valkyrie fantasies are starting to feel somewhat tarnished by this association.
But please, continue about how a (quick google search) random 30s era political cartoonist who died 12 years ago, somehow began the Snarkpocalypse of liberals lightly mocking conservative idiocy which has laid low proud empires of steel and gravitas.
Throughout his seventy-two year career, he helped influence the political landscape through thirteen presidential administrations.
It’s always amazing to me the magical superpowers that right-wingers give to their Emmanuel Goldsteins of the day.
Oh, was Herblock a sorcerer supreme? Single handedly shaping the course of epic destinies behind his Shadow Throne upon the Washington Post Dread Fortress of Doom? How ever did poor Nixon and Reagan survive his single panel with random labels fury when he cast his fiery eye upon them? Oh repent, ye conservatives, repent and surrender before the horrifying power of the simplest and most menial form of “comedy”.
Born (not surprisingly) in Chicago,
I wonder if wingnuts raised in the cities randomly hated ever resent the “cursed by vague association” way whole cities become verboeten or heralded depending on the flow of presidents or perceived snubs.
Like all the New York City wingnuts who got to enjoy a brief fling in the sun of right-wing worship after Guilliani and then had to start hand-waving their domicile once Bloomberg did something a wingnut somewhere didn’t like.
Honestly, the whole thing seems like it must be extremely exhausting.
with a father and brother also involved in the newspaper business, Block projected his own brand of ideology for decades.
I suppose the right-wing wouldn’t be the pack of desperate authoritarians that they are, if they didn’t see the notion that other people can have opinions about the world, opinions that may in fact disagree with their own, as some sort of nefarious attack on them personally.
We saw it in the whole “Duck Dynasty” bullshit, this pained expression of shock and dismay at the cruelty of the world where people other than them get to express opinions in public and even spend their money where they like to support works that do not alienate or abuse them or refrain from products sold by people who hate them.
And it’s the reason that conservatives could not long survive a world built of their own successes. With all of us filthy liberals slaughtered or subjugated, they’d only have each other. Bitterly sniping at each other for minor disagreements or deviations and brewing each tiny difference into endless feuds and blood vendettas.
Sometimes he stood on the right side of history — crafting imagery attacking American instigators like Father Coughlin and Huey Long, and later standing in favor of the Civil Rights movement.
Yeah, uh huh, you on the right-wing were against populist appeals to fascism and supported the Civil Rights movement. Uh huh, sure, pull the other one, it’s got bells on.
Just because you got your ass beat down so hard you can’t even admit what side you were on when you’re about to try some historical revisionism in defense of eternal fuckhead McCarthy, doesn’t mean you fuckers were “on the right side” as you’re insinuating here.
You were on the side of wrong, as you were on every political issue that has ever been.
You can at least have the ovaries to admit it.
Other times he was on the wrong side, supporting progressive policies and New Deal reforms.
There we go. Supporting Depression forever. That’s a brave stance in this day and age. Or it at least would be if your fellow conservatives hadn’t completely lost the plot and made that a mainstream position among the right.
And in his true oxymoronic style, even while he was attacking McCarthy, he created his 1953 Pulitzer Prize winning cartoon on the death of Stalin which is lauded as one of his greatest works. It portrays the Grim Reaper telling Stalin upon his death, “You were always a great friend of mine, Joseph.”
It’s kind of amazing to me how pissy right-wingers get when everybody else refuses to play by their Calvinball rules.
Hey, I said, that if you resist our petty wannabe dictator and the ideological war he waged against the livelihood of all those he disagreed with, then you are a filthy commie lover, but then you went and critiqued a commie, so you are a hypocrite because I say so, and also a poopyhead, too! Hey, how dare you ignore me! I said it makes you a commie lover, so it does, even though you are at best a moderate liberal who has always been suspicious of socialism and socialistic reform! Wah! Why aren’t you playing the game anymore?
Which I guess, is why it makes sense that there would be a resurgence effort to whitewash the stain McCarthy cast upon himself.
After all, McCarthy began that great game of ruining people’s lives by stating that they were tainted by vague, possibly made-up connections to words like “commie”. In his time, one could silence a union agitator, a populist speaker, a Jewish actor, with a mere insinuation of “communist” leanings and the echos of his blacklists served to hobble all economic resistance to total feudalistic “reform” for decades afterwards.
Even today, in times of unregulated corporate greed, people are scared to fully acknowledge even successful socialist reforms as those undergone in Sweden for fear that the taint of “commie” will somehow ruin them.
It was a great run for the forces of fear and bigotry and neo-feudalism, so it’s natural that they’d find themselves in a society that no longer fears the Red Menace, nervously worrying that the cold march of time has made obsolete their favorite method of control and domination.
To which I can only reply, tough titties, bitch.
Ironically it’s even posted on the Democratic Underground website, where one commenter calls it “grave dancing,” and another responds, “I’ll keep that in mind when I grave dance over (Dick) Cheney…His victims, they were many.”
Dude, if you find yourself oppressed and attacked by random forum comments, you need to rapidly get yourself a life, because you are so devoid of real oppression it is as inherently comical as your attempts at argumentation or philosophy.
After being drafted in WWII and spending two years in the army drawing cartoons and writing press releases, he joined that joyful glee club of liberal ideology, The Washington Post, where he remained until his death in 2001. A lifelong Democrat, he mostly used his creative powers to attack Republicans. He was in his glory during the Nixon years, winning a Pulitzer Prize that he shared with colleagues who conspired to bring down a president.
Dudes, Nixon had no one but himself to blame for getting taken down like that. He decided to steal an election and then break countless laws covering it up.
I mean, are you so devoid of connection to our broken justice system that you really view “getting caught” as some grave miscarriage of justice when the fuckup is seen as a conservative tribesman?
Oh wait, your reactions to the arrests of Anders Breivik and George Zimmerman.
In retrospect, Block’s greatest nationally inflicted harm was mocking America’s response to Communism. Only six weeks after Joseph McCarthy announced he had a list of known Communists,
You mean, the naked lie that turned out to be a complete fiction of his making that was nonetheless used to completely economically ruin countless people and kick off the disastrous political careers of villains such as Nixon and Reagan?
No, please, don’t mind me, I’m curious as to where you are going with this.
Block began a propaganda campaign that would change American history forever.
OH MY GOD! Herblock was a sorceror! AIEEE!
In a 1950 Washington Post cartoon, he officially mounted his campaign against McCarthy coining the term “McCarthyism.” The cartoon depicted Republican senators pushing an elephant towards buckets of tar representing a platform consisting of a smear campaign.
Oh noes, pictures with everything captioned in simplistic form! Conservatives with enough power to ruin the lives of random strangers with mere unproven insinuations of things that wouldn’t have been that bad if they even were true were absolutely powerless against wizardry that cruel!
The concept that Joe McCarthy was a nut job on a witch hunt has been consistently taught to every generation since.
Because he was.
I mean, I imagine in wingnut world, you imagine that the con could have continued on forever, but it was only a matter of time that the empty suited fascism revealed itself as it was.
People were eventually going to notice, and maybe you thought that if he remained an object of fear, instead of the perpetual joke and national embarrassment he was, that we would be too cowed to mention it, but that paranoid and self-destructive state of affairs couldn’t have continued forever.
Which I guess explains the bitter hatred of comedy as some vile leftist plot. Because one of the best powers of comedy is eliminating fear and revealing the tragedy that hatred embodies. A posse of clowns following the Ku Klux Klans every move do much to blunt their intended threat.
And if there is anything that wannabe authoritarians fear more, it is that they will no longer be feared or viewed as anything more than the sad old men that they are.
In his 2007 book, Blacklisted by History, The Untold Story of Senator Joe McCarthy, author M. Stanton Evans “dismantles the myths surrounding Joe McCarthy and his campaign to unmask Communists, Soviet agents, and flagrant loyalty risks working within the U.S. government. Evans’s revelations completely overturn our understanding of McCarthy, McCarthyism, and the Cold War.”
Thanks to people like Herb Block and his ilk, McCarthy became an American laughingstock, allowing communism and socialism to become “cool” in Hollywood, while Conservatives became unofficially “blacklisted.”
You know, there’s IT’S ALWAYS PROJECTION and then there’s balls so big it’d make AC/DC blush IT’S ALWAYS PROJECTION.
Because what else do you call the sheer gall of trying to claim that “conservatives” are “blacklisted in Hollywood” in the same breath as you are trying to whitewash McCarthy’s many crimes against the national landscape.
I mean, for fuck’s sake, many conservatives being too damn incompetent and anti-imagination to want to break their backs becoming Hollywood actors does not equal blacklisting.
Fuck, if McCarthy were here, he’d tell you about blacklisting. He’d ban you from ever participating in your career, despite your great talent, tainting your name to such levels that obscurity and possible starvation were very likely occurrences. Your friends ruined on a rumor as backbiting snakes like Nixon and Reagan ripped through the ranks, building careers and connections by eliminating all they disagreed with or hated.
And you’d finally understand… or maybe you wouldn’t. Maybe you’d need to have to have a real career and actual talent to understand why blacklisting was such a grave injustice in American economic history.
Either way, fuck you, and an extra fuck you, for trying to claim that being a communist became “cool” in Hollywood society after the endless blacklisting and harsh constriction of all media output beginning in the 1950s under things like the Hayes Code.
Fuck, this is why we mock you vile wreckage.
Sixty years later his methods of using humor and sarcasm for social influence are a template for those still seeking to destroy conservative values.
HOLY SHIT! Herblock invented sarcasm! Completely from whole-cloth. No one ever thought of pretending to agree with someone’s idiocy while pointing out its fundamental flaws before some random cartoonist!
Block’s unyielding support of gun control and unquestioning belief in climate change also succeeded in influencing public opinion. According to the Herb Block Foundation, he won a total of four Pulitzer Prizes.
A) Believing in true things only “tarnishes” one’s reputations if one is as dumb as you.
And B) Really? Pulitzer Prizes are proof of “level of influence on public opinion”? Really? Um, not to spoil print media’s hard-on for itself, but… BWAHAHAHAHAHA!
To help further his ideological legacy, the foundation awards its own ‘Herblock Prize.’ Among recent winners are editorial cartoonists for The Washington Post, Politico, and a weekly cartoonist for the Daily Kos political blog. The foundation is funded with $50 million he bequeathed to, “encourage the art of editorial cartooning and to support charitable and educational programs that help promote and support the causes he championed,” ensuring his influence lives on.
Oh no, people who were not conservative were allowed to use their money, to support the health of the mediums in which they made their career!
What a horrible attack on you personally and all conservatives! The notion of someone who isn’t a conservative billionaire, paying the wingnut welfare of professional halfwits, actually being allowed to have money and use it to support causes he believe in during life!
Why that’s downright unfair! We should blacklist such people so they have no economic power whatsoever to support things that are not approved by insane rich plutocrats!
Yeah, not at all obvious that you are hurting over losing the power to just destroy a person’s career and legacy with a single word. I’m sorry, have you tried not being horrible authoritarians desperate to control the lives of other people? It might help.
And while most of us hadn’t heard of freshman Senator Barack Obama in 2005, he was the guest speaker that year at the Herb Block Prize & Lecture Awards Ceremony.
Man, birther conspiracies about the crafting of the Obama Antichrist are getting more elaborate by the second. What’s the next random liberal “figure” to be sucked into the web of Obama? Elizabeth Cady Stanton? Joseph Chamberlain? Abigail Adams? A random Princeton professor who showed up on a Glenn Beck blackboard once? I’m honestly curious at this point.
Affectionately nicknamed “Herblock,” his humorous deflections enabled the Communists of yesteryear to train subsequent generations of America-haters, capitalism-detesters and democracy destroyers.
If a random political cartoonist didn’t invent all humor everywhere, then nobody would have noticed that unregulated rapacious capitalism was a soul-crushing, economy-devastating, democracy-poisoning, bitter pill to swallow.
I mean, I’d hardly even notice how hard my generation has to work for even minimum wage retail slave positions if it weren’t for Herblock noting a crazy tinpot dictator with a fetish for destroying lives to support his own political ambitions was a “slimy” guy who engaged in “mudslinging”.
Truly it would have been paradise for bitter authoritarian fucks still cowering under the bed in fear of Big Red. Well, if they ever managed to crawl out of their sheets, that is.
It’s an art all liberal ideologies have been perfecting since Herb Block drew his first cartoon. From Bill Maher to Tina Fey, Steven Colbert, and Jon Stewart, the left presses the grapes of comedy into a fine wine of vintage derision and acrimonious scorn for those they disagree with.
Ah, you noticed. How sweet.
To be fair, it’s not only that we scorn and deride you. We also think you are vicious pathetic scum whose philosophy is based on the wishful fantasies of bigots and plutocrats. So there’s also that.
Shows billed as “political programs” like Chris Mathews’ Hardball, and “live news coverage” like Lawrence O’Donnell’s The Last Word, are nothing more than yellow journalism on a comic soapbox.
Yeah, I don’t think any conservative anywhere gets to ever try and claim that political news television has become “tarnished” because a few perennial hacks manage to hit the right side of somewhere on a few errant tosses.
But nice try at writing a post entirely in IT’S ALWAYS PROJECTION instead of just mostly.
Rachel Maddow takes the prize for her inability to deliver one sentence that’s not dripping with sarcasm and mockery. If anyone claims to watch her for “news,” you can be sure they have been educated in nothing more than her personal opinions.
We fears the smart lesbian! We fears it!
Also, yeah, duh, all those are political opinion shows.
I mean, did you really think that they might be mistaken for general news programs… okay, Fox News, state of modern media… I’ll grant you that one, but…
Well, I guess that’s the real bitterness being spewed here. That you have so tainted the landscape of what is sold as “news” that the only way one can get even close to a real reflection of what the world looks like is to turn to comedy shows such as Colbert Nation or the Daily Show or listen to the opinion show of informed pundits such as Rachel Maddow.
And you are lamenting that instead of following the propaganda being spooned out to the masses, people are instead turning to blogs or watching “comedy shows” or just generally floating to alternate media or creating their own.
That the world is slipping out of the nooses your people have cast and your false tower of fear and control is finally being torn apart, brick by infuriating brick.
And that, we don’t even have the good taste to mourn with you for this loss, but rather marking the occasion with laughter and mockery.
And to that plaintive request I say… HA!
Comedy, sarcasm and satire are the successful weapons of the left, despite their poor ratings. Air America couldn’t make a go of it. Among cable news ratings, unabashedly liberal news channels MSNBC and CNN fair abominably compared to the self-professed, “fair and balanced” Fox News. So how did they do it? How did the Socialists and the Communists and the Progressives and the liberals, and every name they go by, succeed in brainwashing Americans? One little joke at a time. Jokes filled with bitterness and lies that spread through universities, office cubicles and bars across the country and permeated the minds of low information voters.
YOU’RE NOT EVEN RICH! How dare you get away with mocking your wealthy peers without groveling before advertisers and prostituting to billionaire psychotics trying to enforce their worldview.
And after all the effort we went to to skew the numbers in order to make ourselves seem big, you just go off and form alternate modes of making your voices heard and go on being… ick, liberal, without our express approval!
It’s enough to want to blacklist you fuckers!
The tables are turning with Obamacare however. A majority of cartoonists seem to be hammering Obama’s “Unaffordable” Care Act, while cartoons that proclaim things like “Let thousands get sick and go broke and be a burden on already strained social services because you hate Obama,” are definitely in the minority.
But we’ll show you, you miserable mocking bastards! Cause, see, we’ve studied your demon spells and are ready to create works of our own that will lay you as low as your light mockery has done to us. Like, heh, we got a bunch of hacks to call the ACA the “Unaffordable” Care Act. Boom! Gotcha looney libs!
Pfft, oh poor pitiful wingnuts, your attempts to grasp even the basics of comedy never fail to amuse me. It’s like watching a monkey try and figure out how to operate a laptop.
Liberals are like schoolyard bullies picking on the new kid.
I guess this is the new talking point, now that conservatives draw ever closer to the dustbin of obscurity due to their bitter refusal to even slightly respond to the forward march of time.
And it just reaches new peaks of preciousness to see it at the tail end of a “McCarthy was right, we should have locked up the lot of you” rant. I mean, talk about hammering home just how much this is IT’S ALWAYS PROJECTION.
And yeah, I could note the same inherent irony in bullies claiming the mildest of pushback from their victims as “bullying” as I have a million times before, but this time, I’d rather focus on how sad it must be to be conservative.
I mean, think of it. They are painfully incurious people, unable to imagine anyone different from themselves. No wonder they are so fearful to be losing their power to abuse and bully those they deem inferior.
In their minds, all their victims are just waiting for the moment to do the same to their captors. And because that’s the assumption and because they’ve lived lives so devoid of any actual suffering, even the mildest of commentary has the capability of utterly destroying any semblance of safety or self-confidence.
And that must be a small and shitty way to live one’s life.
I’d weep for them if well, these weren’t overprivileged assholes pretending that mild sarcasm is somehow equal to destroying people’s livelihoods, threatening their ability to survive, and encouraging their wholesale slaughter.
By skillfully employing baseless ridicule they eventually convince the entire school that the new kid is an idiot to be shunned. Never mind the fact that they’ve never taken the time to get to know him or collect the facts. The destruction of Sarah Palin by condescending interviewer Katie Couric, and comedian-with-an-agenda Tina Fey, was a prime example. A shocking number of people still believe Palin said, “I can see Russia from my house.”
See the difference between a bully victim and professional martyrs like Palin, is that one is deliberately silenced and one had ample opportunity in unparalleled public fashion, reveal the whole of their character.
Palin wasn’t mocked because Sally once said that Bridget once said she saw her kissing a girl behind the pool shed. She wasn’t mocked because some jock thought she was too much of an egg-head. Or because some asshole who needed to take someone down a peg just decided they were weird and that could not stand.
She was allowed to go before national television and tell the world who she was and what she believed in. She got to stand as she was and be accepted as exactly the person she was.
What you are bitter about is that what she was was a fucking beauty queen idiot with nothing but hatred and hypocrisy to offer the world.
She wasn’t some queer kid with dreams and a voice that could make the angels sing if only she could survive the conformity mill of society’s judgment. She was a small minded tyrant and it didn’t take long for that emptiness to become an inherent comic note on the tragedy that our democracy had become at that point.
But hell, if I needed to spell that out for you, it’s no wonder that you thought that McCarthy was ill-done by the existence of jokes and people with eyes.
In this way, the greatest country in the world has been eaten from within by agitators
See! McCarthy was right! My delusional stretching proves it so!
that have the emotional maturity of second graders.
Oh please, as if. We’re first grade maturity at BEST!
The worst part is that we capitulated to these juveniles as we failed in what should have been our parental-like roles as defenders of our founding principles. We say, “Why take them too seriously, after all they’re only kids, right?” or “What harm can they do?” We invoked no authority nor enforced any discipline.
Sooo, in other words…
“You young whipper-snappers, I oughta bend you over my knee.”
Yeah, cool story, grams.
Also, hate to break it to you, but with the broken economy and broken planet, you’ve pretty much thrown all the “punishment” you’ve got against my generation and well, we’re still here and we still think you are jokes.
I really don’t think trying to hurl more abuse and control is magically going to make McCarthyism viable again.
We made the grave mistake of deciding to be their friends instead of their teachers.
Are you our peers or our superiors? Cause, see, yeah, no one respects the narc trying to pretend that they’ve got the gravitas of the system behind them just because they’re a little brat.
And also, obsessing about high school cliques? Totally hides the IT’S ALWAYS PROJECTION about your “emotional superiority”.
Unfortunately when we walked into the classroom, we found a chaotic revelry straight out of Lord of the Flies. The children took control by ganging up on everything that was right and decent and good and giving it the Bronx cheer — An infantile, but historically efficacious strategy that began, at least in part, at the end of Herb Block’s pen.
And here we have a perfect distillation of the right-wing terror that underlies pretty much every broken worldview.
The raw terror that the chaotic world of diversity and difference, of a million different lives and backgrounds and histories and herstories and sexualities and races and viewpoints will fail to quail and fall in line to a powerful threat enforcing a rigid order. That people will remain themselves instead of falling to what a random pathetic stranger wants for them.
And well… good.
The world is complex and diverse and big and people shouldn’t be driven by fear into making themselves small and hidden all the damn time.
The cruel enforcement of authority for its own sake is an archaic practice that must die. For it serves the general populace about as well as it does a classroom.
I’ve seen the terrified teacher try and use authority to control the chaos of youth. And it just ends in uselessness and rebellion, a bitter mistrust where there could be learning and fun.
Cause chaos isn’t scary. I tend to teach with a large amount of intentional chaos, allowing the interest and self-discovery invest students in their work and make them as interested in following the flow of instruction and discovery as I am in presenting it.
The diversity of people is not something to fear. It is not something dangerous and cruel. It is fun and loveable and so capable of genuine education and growth. It is something to laugh with and enjoy and if you mess up, you can always grow and continue forward.
Cause it has been far too long since we’ve cowered in the shadow of McCarthy fearing what a bunch of stick-up-their-asses fuckwits think about the reality that surrounds us and their petty ante attempts to control and destroy it.
And if breaking that false bondage is as simple as spinning a few jokes at the absurdity of all of us being held to heel by bitter scared idiots trying to hold onto a past that never was, then fuck it.
Let me clad myself in spiky armor of jibes and jests and wield my dark sarcasm like a black humor blade and send at me your minions of horror and hate. Why not?
For I am the Snark Mistress and you shall hear me roar!
‘Shorter’ concept created by Daniel Davies and perfected by Elton Beard. Snort. Can you imagine a three headed jester of a fool trying to play warrior. It is to laugh. I’m just some random bitch using dark humor to survive a shitty world, same as the next. But if idiots and fools want to turn that into an object of fear, I’m only happy to oblige. We are aware of all Internet traditions.™