American Thinker: Blog: Rick Moran: Can Steve Colbert Be Funny Without Mocking Right-Wingers?
This post was originally posted at The New Democrat on Blogger
There's been this latest complaint, well not really a late complaint, it goes back to at least the 1960s, from the American Right that the American media, especially the entertainment industry, don't like right-wingers and love to make fun of them. With the right not really having their own medium (Why not? Do they not have enough money?) to take on the left, they feel naked and defenseless. They are correct that Hollywood and others like to make fun of right-wingers but it is a special section of the right-wing that they tend to go after. I'll get into that later. They are wrong when they say that the right doesn't have a way to make fun of the left.
I read the libertarian magazine, Reason, everyday. I also look at their think tank, Reason Foundation, and their YouTube channel, everyday. They make fun of leftists almost everyday with constant satires about big government leftists and dumb leftists. But a certain faction of the right doesn't like Reason because they go after big government dumbies on the right as well, making dumb people from both political wings look pretty silly.
This blog makes fun of big government dumbies, both left and right, because The New Democrat is simply anti-big government. It doesn't want government trying to control American lives, personally or economically. The New Democrat and Reason do not go after everyone on the left and right, only the ignorant people who believe that they know best how Americans should live their lives. A certain faction on the right hates that. Which faction do you think that might be?
Could it be the American far-right, the christian right and neoconservatives in general, who really weren't born, politically, until the 1960s? The far right sees themselves as the "Heartland of America," as a Chevrolet commercial (or is that "Heartbeat of America"). They still live in the Leave it to Beaver 1950s where dad went to work, mom stayed at home and took care of the kids and house, and gays were locked in the closet. African-Americans were, technically, not slaves anymore but they existed only to serve Caucasians, without full American citizenship.
All of early TV and everything else that came from Hollywood in this era represented this 1950s American way of life. Since then, the country has aged sixty years, give or take a few, but the so-called moral majority coalition has not matured accordingly. They are stuck in a Twilight Zone episode and are confused by how much the country has changed. They want to go back in time.
The American national media, especially the entertainment industry, don't so much make fun of conservatives as they make fun of the so-called traditional values coalition that is trying put America into a time machine and take it back to the 1950s. The christian right looks down on Americans and calls them immoral if they are gay or live with their romantic partners before marriage. They consider sex before marriage, watching pornography, smoking pot and, perhaps, tobacco, and drinking alcohol sins as well. These people get made fun of because they are stuck in a Twilight Zone called Modern America and haven't figured out how to get back to real time.