Monday, July 14, 2008

SWAMPOODLE REPORT: THE AUDACITY OF IRONY

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At July 14, 2008 8:09 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lacking a serious commitment to doing anything real to back up their talk -- getting the US out of the Middle East, undoing the police state at home -- liberals are left to howl at trivialities.

 
At July 14, 2008 9:35 AM, Anonymous m said...

"The only way to have reasonably decent politicians is to keep them humble, make constant fun of them and don't let them get away with anything. It is by ignoring such rules that we have ended up with the likes of George Bush and Bill Clinton."

I suspect that todays politicians do not reject irony and satire. They are rather completely blind to incongruity. This is the result of that most pernicious of defense mechanisms of the narcissist -- denial. The inability to perceive intent is contagious, and instantaneously spreads to the politico's staff and ardent supporters as well.

As proof, I offer the acceptance of Steven Colbert by the Bush vetters prior to the presentation of his skit to the White House Correspondents Association. Also, the endless use of stories from "The Onion" as though they were something other than satire. Though I must note that these failures of interpretation seem to afflict the so called right, more than the so called left.

And for those who have misplaced their copy of Bierce's "The Devils Dictionary"

politician n.

An eel in the fundamental mud upon which the superstructure of organized society is reared. When he wriggles, he mistakes the agitation of his tail for the trembling of the edifice. As compared with the statesman, he suffers the disadvantage of being alive. "

 

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