The Spectacle Blog
Tonight's episode of South Park was the conclusion of a two-parter dealing with the Inkifada, free speech, and the merits of the show's cartoon competition. Last week the show strongly implied that an image of Mohammed was coming, and ended with the question, "Will TV executives fight for free speech, or will Comedy Central puss out?" Well, when the pivotal scene came, it was censored out with the note that Comedy Central refused to air it -- even though The Prophet has appeared before without incident. Pathetic.
Fitz: Chesty also said, "You don't hurt 'em if you don't hit 'em." Which is as good advice in the political arena as it is in the military. Pete, there are plenty of alternatives on Iran. But I see what you mean. Those who claim there aren't any want to ignore the problem. These people, being fungible, can be labeled either Democrats or French.
I almost mentioned this earlier in this space after receiving an email from Herman about the diagnosis, but wasn't sure how widely that email was sent...
Now that it is "out there," let me say:
Herman Cain is one of the most important players on the scene when it comes to the future of our movement, as anyone who has spent 5 minutes with the guy I am sure can attest.
Captivating. Genius. A true inspiration.
I love the guy, and he is in my prayers.
Having said that, I am entirely confident that he will come out of this just fine.
If you don't know Herman, start to get to know him by clicking here.
Jed -- That was exactly my point in writing the column. You, of course, said it much more pithily. Well done!
Quin and CJ: I agree. Things look pretty bleak, and are likely to only get worse as the year goes on. Especially when you consider the accelerating
Quin's thoughtful piece on the homepage this morning really resonated with me and I hope our readers will take a moment to read it.
I too have been deeply demoralized by recent developments both at home and abroad. I joked to a friend the other evening, "Eh, the way things are going, I'll give civilization another 20 years at best. Perhaps it's time to stop caring and just start partying….."
I felt awful about that joke. What would my idol, Ronald Reagan, think of a conservative saying something like that, even in jest?
On the surface things are grim indeed and seem to be getting grimmer. But as Quin so ably reminds us, beneath that surface lie many small (and not so small) successes both foreign and domestic which, taken together, add up to enormous potential. We have an opportunity -- well, actually, a mandate -- to profoundly change the World (to paraphrase Newt) and now is not the time to go wobbly, (to paraphrase Mrs. Thatcher).