Via Rare, and we should mention comedian Jim Norton too, because he has some of the best lines. For work, this is very unsafe:
NORTON: Liberals have become exactly what you hated. You have become exactly the opposite of the conservative religious book-burners of the 40s and the 50s and the 60s. You are it! It has turned completely around. You are the speech repressors. You are the hypersensitive ones. You are the ones who want people fired immediately. You are the ones who call for people’s jobs. You have become what you hated.
He’s right, and it’s a dismal, pathetic end for a movement that once stood for free speech and liberalization. At some point after the 60s, the Left won control of popular culture and decided to start crusading against opposing arguments and insensitive content like they were contraband. Fast-forward to today and opponents of gay marriage are being tossed from their jobs and those who question the official line on global warming are implicitly compared to Holocaust deniers. This from the intellectual descendants of John Stuart Mill.
By the way, has anyone else noticed that an awful lot of comedians seem to be fed up with the Left? Opie, Anthony, Jim Norton, Nick DiPaolo, Rich Vos, Norm MacDonald, Colin Quinn, Adam Carolla, Dennis Miller…not all these funnymen are necessarily conservative, but all have reacted with vitriol against the political correctness and monolithic nature of modern liberalism. Comedy requires you to skew sacred cows. For older comedians like George Carlin, that meant mocking God and the traditional family. But today, nearly everything off-limits in our culture is protected by the Left.
As Matt Stone, co-creator of South Park, said back in 2005, “When you stick it to someone and they laugh or they’re expecting it, but liberals are more fun [to mock] now because they’re like, hey! Joke’s not on us!” As the Left becomes more intolerant, maybe the joke will be increasingly on them.