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November 29, 2016

I get asked all the time how I can go to Woody Allen movies when he married his step-daughter and he’s such a lefty. And while I won’t deny that I have my own personal index of Hollywood types I won’t see at the movies, Woody Allen is not on it. I like his movies because they make me laugh and because they are often extended example from a course in Philosophy 101. I also like his movies because they are so conservative. I actually think he crossed the divide into my side of the political divide some time ago, but can never say it since it would ruin his reputation among those who he depends on. If you can go to Cafe Society and not see that he is raising moral dilemmas in a funny way – “you can’t kill someone just because they play their music too loud” was one of the funniest lines I have seen in a movie in a long time, specially since he sets up the situation where you might just think that there is a case. Anyway, this is all in aid of directing you to an article of mine at Quadrant Online, The Left’s Gag Reflex which is a discussion on why all genuine humour is conservative. The left likes to laugh at people and show how superior they are. But for true funny, you have to go to the conservative side. Here is a bit from the article with an extension of the point I make there:

Here is an excerpt from Ann Coulter’s In Trump We Trust:

The media successfully smeared Romney as an out‐of‐touch multimillionaire, whacking working‐class Americans with his polo mallet. He was helpless. Tasteful people don’t talk about themselves, and they certainly don’t talk about money. Not Trump! Early in Trump’s campaign, journalist Mark Halperin asked him about the “backlash against rich candidates like Mitt Romney—any chance of that with you?” Trump said, “First of all, he wasn’t rich.”

And that was that. How do you attack someone for being rich who is constantly bragging about how rich he is? Yes, yes, I’m a WASP, too—it’s appalling, embarrassing, awful—but oh, my gosh, does it work! Luckily, voting machines register only yes or no—not yes, but I hate myself.

I see this as a series of factual statements interlaced with jokes. Various statements or observations, each of which is followed by a funny bit. Here is what she wrote as a set of assertions.

The media successfully smeared Romney as an out‐of‐touch multimillionaire. He was helpless. Tasteful people don’t talk about themselves, and they certainly don’t talk about money. Not Trump! How do you attack someone for being rich who is constantly bragging about how rich he is?

I find her writing pure genius. And because I write other things with the same kind of background research, I appreciate how much goes into it, and even more how much goes into making it look like nothing has gone into it. I wish I could write like that, but such is life. I’m just happy enough that she can write like her, which no one else can, and certainly no one on the left.

ADDING A BIT MORE: I really liked this bit from Faye in the comments and I wish I had said what she said, which is what I certainly think. She was commenting on where I had written, “The left likes to laugh at people and show how superior they are. But for true funny, you have to go to the conservative side.” She then wrote:

I thought you were going on to say that conservatives laugh at themselves and are happy to set themselves up as the joke. I love this. It means they aren’t afraid.

If not being afraid is part of the conservative ethos, I am certainly not that. But laughing at oneself and the ridiculous nature of life is a conservative trait. If you would like to see an example of what I mean, you can go back to an earlier post of mine from four years ago on The best shower scene since Psycho.

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