Personal opinion, but this season of Saturday Night Live has been among the worst on record. People say that every year, but I can usually find something to enjoy. It wasn’t until this past weekend that I saw a skit that I really liked. In a parody of the old Schoolhouse Rock songs, SNL nailed Obama with a humorous look at his flaunting of the Constitution. After the “bill” sang its usual song about the legislative process, the “executive order” showed up and explained its process in a much simpler way: “I pretty much just happen.”
I didn’t love the skit just because of its target; it was one of the few genuinely funny moments in a season that has made me wonder if there’s a writer’s strike I never heard about. The rest of the show, featuring host Cameron Diaz, was typically awful, but at least they had the one skit. Apparently, though, not everyone found that opening skit funny. Proving that they can’t take a joke, the left has been quick to denounce SNL’s rare jab at the president.
The Washington Post decided that it was too much to ask that Obama be mocked by liberal entertainers once in a while. No, that can never happen. They decided to run a laborious article dissecting the skit for inaccuracies. Funny, I don’t remember them running any such articles on any of Will Ferrell’s Bush skits. I don’t remember any factual rebukes to Tina Fey’s Sarah Palin parodies. But here WaPo is, telling us that Obama didn’t sign an executive order, he took executive action. Okay…
SNL wasn’t the only media outlet to face criticism for mocking the president’s actions. The Indianapolis Star was forced to apologize for a cartoon depicting a family sitting down to Thanksgiving dinner. The father says, “Thanks to the president’s immigration order, we’ll be having guests this Thanksgiving.” Behind him, several Hispanics are seen climbing in through the window. This was of course denounced as racist, with a ridiculous amount of controversy surrounding the cartoonist’s decision to give one of the immigrants a mustache.
In an era where the Daily Show can excoriate Republicans up to and beyond the point of slander, apparently even a little light teasing is too much for the left to take. Could it be that they aren’t confident enough in their own philosophies to laugh at themselves? Wouldn’t be surprising, considering the questionable legal and moral status of their most cherished aims. We can’t have mainstream outlets exposing the truth; how will our tower of lies stand?
The left in America knows all-too-well the power of comedy. Why do you think they hate Rush Limbaugh with such passion? It’s because he was one of the first conservatives to realize that you could address some of the country’s most pressing issues and maintain an air of entertainment throughout the program. His success is exactly what liberals dread: conservatives with a sense of humor. As long as they have a stranglehold on comedy and entertainment, they can brainwash the country into accepting their message. When the faithful stop toeing the line, they have to smack them back into place.