Andrew Klavan inquires as to whether Barack Hussein Obama II (p.b.u.h.) is truly the Christ:
I appreciate the similarities.
Klavan has an interesting take on “celebrities.”
Good luck trying to convince celebrities to give up their gravy train.
Tracey Ullman is a funny and talented woman—and a master of accents, too. I hope that you enjoy the following clip, which I believe is from Tracey Ullman’s State of the Union. In this latest show, Ullman satirizes life in these United States. Here is the “Wet Wipe Killer.”
My favorite line is “He’s had a horrible childhood.” It just captures the spirit of the times in so many ways. The whole clip is brilliantly but sadly indicative of a perverse trashy subculture in America.
Tonight, some folks and I were discussing our favorite parts of songs and our favorite scenes from movies. One of my favorite scenes in the history of film comes from A Clockwork Orange. In reaction to a demonstration of the government’s new criminal re-educational program, where the state instills in criminals a revulsion to violence and sexuality through repeated association based torture, a prison chaplain exclaims,
Choice. The boy has no real choice, has he? Self-interest, the fear of physical pain drove him to that grotesque act of self-abasement. Its insincerity was clearly to be seen. He ceases to be a wrongdoer. He ceases also to be a creature capable of moral choice.
The response from the Minister of the Interior is one of the greatest moments in cinema:
Padre, these are subtleties. We’re not concerned with motives, with the higher ethics. We are concerned only with cutting down crime and with relieving the ghastly congestion in our prisons. He will be your true Christian, ready to turn the other cheek, ready to be crucified rather than crucify, sick to the very heart at the thought even of killing a fly! Reclamation! Joy before the angels of God! The point is that it works.
As usual, the power of the moment comes from its placement in the film, but it is remarkable. It is a simple, stark, and, in my opinion, accurate portrayal of modern managerial man. Nothing is sacred or off limits; everything has been flattened down to the metaphysical and moral level of a machine. Nature is to be mastered, but before it is mastered, it must be desecrated. To rule godlessly, one must first kill God, and to kill God (for us, that is), one must erase his divine image in man, rendering him no more than a machine. Moreover, it is all done for the sake of efficiency and the common good.
American conservatives have been behind the curve when it comes to trendy humor and popular culture, but such has been changing over the last few decades. Mike Judge, David Zucker, Trey Parker, and Matt Stone are not exactly poster boys for the Right, but they have become personae non gratae among Leftists as they mock the idioctic pieties and assumptions of the Left. Andrew Brietbart and his Big Hollywood pals understand the propaganda power of low and mid brow entertainment, and they want conservatives to intrude the Left’s privileged echoe chambers of mass culture.
You can see this anti-Left pop emergence in the “new media,” such as YouTube. Here is a funny video about celebrities’ campaigns for Obamacare.
It has some good lines. I like especially, “Stop thinking for yourself for once,” and “How else will our children learn that they’re entitled to other people’s money?”
Never underestimate the power of humor; it was a conservative weapon long before subversive social radicals appropriated it. How is that?