We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
''the casual ease which some people move from finding something offensive to wishing to declare it criminal - and are then able to find factions within government to aid their ambitions - is truly depressing."
the ultimate result will be the banning of jokes of any kind! Pray for anyone who still has a sense of humor. Anyone remember Red Skelton? There was a person who could gently and kindly, and I felt, with great love for humankind, make jokes that made us all laugh at ourselves. Make us see ourselves as flawed but perfectly wonderful and just plain human. I pray for humankind and the death of perspective....and a frigging sense of humor!
That's the core of Blooms book, isn't it? Steyn fiddled with the music a bit but Bloom pointed at the '60's and noted that the beast was no longer slouching toward Bethlehem - he'd stolen a Dodge Hemi, had it wide open and had broken off the brake peddle and tossed it out the window.
Lenny Bruce, Mort Sahl, the Smothers Brothers, All in the Family, Laugh-In - if you think of them carefully, have an emesis basin to hand. I laughed with every other kid then, as did the majority of parents - who damn well should have known better.
So true, so true. Ignored were the few lonely voices in the wilderness trying to warn against soft, unconscious subversion of what a culture needs to maintain itself. After Barry Goldwater, there was silence.
Don't lose all hope though, we Brits have a tendency to let things go on for a very long time out of misguided politeness but when we've had enough readjustment can be surprisingly swift and extensive.