J.J. Sefton has been telling us that Daniel Greenfield is very good writer, and I finally listened.
The Left's Culture of Contempt: Saving America by hating everyone.
He hits a lot of the points about current political discourse that Ace has been highlighting for years. But he left without much comment the use of the word "satire" to describe the forced cleverness and childish insults hurled by the media and the rest of the progressive Left at President Trump and the rest of the world that doesn't dream of fluffing every tin-pot socialist dictator.
1 : a literary work holding up human vices and follies to ridicule or scorn2 : trenchant wit, irony, or sarcasm used to expose and discredit vice or folly
SNL and the WaPo and the various clones of Jon Stewart satisfy neither of these definitions.
What is satire saving the Republic from? Republicans. While making America safe for Socialism.After Bush won, Democrats fought back by doubling down on the ridicule. Before long they were getting their news from Jon Stewart�s smirk. Stewart spawned a whole range of imitators. Today you can find numberless clones of the Daily Show across cable and even on CBS and, soon, on NBC.
We shouldn't dignify this puerile blather as "satire." Satire is based on reality...on truth...on uncomfortable observations...on a multitude of things nowhere near related to stupid quips about someone's hair or the size of his hands.
The left remains convinced that Jon Stewart brought down Bush and Tina Fey brought down Palin because ridiculing the right isn't just an ugly tactic. Instead it carries an almost religious meaning. Mocking Republicans can save us. Every ideology expresses its superiority through its own triumphalism. Sneering is the left's own invocation of its own superiority. These are the grown up politics of kids who were convinced that they were better than everyone else because they looked down on them.
And every time one of these smarmy little pricks mocks the flyover states or pickup-truck-driving Americans or a multitude of easy targets for his giggles, he feels a sense of superiority, because