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The Left suffers from a fundamental humor impairment. . . March 18, 2007

Posted by Administrator in Cultural Pessimism, Humor, Idiots, Liberal self-loathing.

Subtitled: Garrison Keillor needs to stick to humor. When he gets serious in using apologetics regarding his humor, he becomes one with every other agitprop Moonbat; he loses all ability to laugh at himself and others.

Over a year ago, I chastised Keillor in these pages not for his humor, but for his response to another’s response about his humor:

It seems that our sometimes curmedgeonly host of A Prairie Home Companion did a piece spoofing the Pope some time ago, and it sent a loyal Catholic listener into a fit of rage. Read the exchange here, right now, before you go any further. (Quickly, too. I am unsure how long this link will be up).

Now, we can probably agree that the reader went a bit overboard in his response. Way overboard. Let’s just say that if this reader had been a Titanic passenger, he would have drowned long before the ship struck the iceberg.

Keillor is correct in that people need to get used to their religions being poked fun at. We simply need to live with it. As if this reader/listener wasn’t aware of Keillor’s ongoing spoof in his Tales from Lake Woebegone. I mean really. The Catholic church in this fictional community is “Our Lady of Perpetual Responsibility.” That is a SPOOF!!!

However. . . .

Keillor says something at the end of his response that demands attention.

If the Democratic party is out of step with the Church, it’s because the two are separate and independent, and because the church believes that its teachings on abortion and gays and contraception are more important than its teachings on social justice. Christ said a great deal about the poor, so one would think that’s important in Christian theology, but you can make up your own mind about that. If you’re outraged at a piece of comedy about the Pope and you accept with equanimity the people in your party cutting Medicaid, then you’re a very interesting Christian indeed

He went down the tubes with this statement, and he ended up saying much more about the Church than he is qualified to comment upon, thereby showing that the listener -to a point- is correct. That Keillor is in fact an anti-Catholic bigot.

If he would simply have stuck to the humor of his original piece, everything would be fine. But an idiot got hot under the collar, Keillor responded in a decidedly humorless fashion, and exposed himself as a bigot.

Now, he’s gone and done it again. The original humor piece contained snippets such as this:

Under the old monogamous system, we didn’t have the problem of apportioning Thanksgiving and Christmas among your mother and stepdad, your dad and his third wife, your mother-in-law and her boyfriend Hal, and your father-in-law and his boyfriend Chuck. Today, serial monogamy has stretched the extended family to the breaking point. A child can now grow up with eight or nine or 10 grandparents — Gampa, Gammy, Goopa, Gumby, Papa, Poopsy, Goofy, Gaga and Chuck — and need a program to keep track of the actors.

And now gay marriage will produce a whole new string of hyphenated relatives. In addition to the ex-stepson and ex-in-laws and your wife’s first husband’s second wife, there now will be Bruce and Kevin’s in-laws and Bruce’s ex, Mark, and Mark’s current partner, and I suppose we’ll get used to it.

Is there anyone with a double-digit IQ that does NOT recognize this as humor? If so, may I please see your membership card in the Democratic Party?

Thought so.

The left responded to this bit in a typical fashion, utterly humorless. And Keillor then screwed up again, by apologizing for what was an obvious spoof.

Ordinarily I don’t like to use this space to talk about my newspaper column but the most recent column aroused such angry reactions that I thought I should reply. The column was done tongue-in-cheek, always a risky thing, and was meant to be funny, another risky thing these days, and two sentences about gay people lit a fire in some readers and sent them racing to their computers to fire off some jagged e-mails. That’s okay. But the underlying cause of the trouble is rather simple.


Gay people who set out to be parents can be just as good parents as anybody else, and they know that, and so do I.

See, Garrison, you made the mistake of using humor to address and issue that basically humorless people take much too seriously. Perhaps they were afraid that there might be a grain of truth to your irony? That’s the ironic thing about irony. It often does reflect a bit of truth.

So, no more spoofing the left. They can’t handle it. I mean, my God, these people think Colbert is not on their side.

Left = Fundamentally humorless.



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