November 13, 2007


To Understand the Left, Read this Issue of Rolling Stone (Dennis Prager, 11/13/07, Creators Syndicate)

The current issue of Rolling Stone magazine, its special 40th anniversary issue, reveals almost all one needs to know about the current state of the cultural left. The issue features interviews with people Rolling Stone considers to be America's leading cultural and political figures -- such as Al Gore, Jon Stewart, Bruce Springsteen, Cornel West, Paul Krugman, Kanye West, Bill Maher and George Clooney, among many others.

It brings me no pleasure to say that, with few exceptions, the interviews reveal a superficiality and contempt for cultural norms (as evidenced by the ubiquity of curse words) that should scare anyone who believes that these people have influence on American life. [...]

Typical examples:

Chris Rock " . . . Bush f--ked up." "That's a major f--kup." "I say some harsh s--t."

Novelist William Gibson: "The s--t you've been doing for the past 400 years . . . ."

George Clooney: " . . . my sister and I were quizzed on s--t." "Now you're going to hear about all this s--t." "What the f--k's wrong with you?" China "doesn't give a s--t . . ." "I don't give a s--t." "This war is bulls--t."

Billie Joe Armstrong: "What the f--k are you doing?" " . . . when you say 'F--k George Bush' in a packed arena in Texas, that's an accomplishment." "I don't have a f--king clue what they're talking about." " . . . all the f--ked up problems we have." " . . . this girl was f--ked up." "Why did I worry so much about this s--t?"

As a general rule, the amount of bad language a person uses in conversation with complete strangers is an impressive indicator of how shallow and self-absorbed they are. While most of us have occasional transgressions, the relative absence of this phenomenon among conservatives tells us something about which side is the party of the grown-ups.

Posted by Matt Murphy at November 13, 2007 4:43 PM

But yet, the measure of the accomplished rhetorician is the Phillippic, venomous and still elegant.

Posted by: Lou Gots at November 13, 2007 11:00 PM

I believe Karl Rove noted this and the reaction to it was one long screed of blue words.

Posted by: Mikey [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 14, 2007 8:27 AM

There's a movie reviewer who specializes in the kind of schlock and trash that I enjoy, so his site is always on my "must visit" list. But, Lord, does he swear a blue streak. I just ignore the cuss words and try to keep in mind that expecting literary merit in a review of "Emannuelle and the Last Cannibals" is probably a fool's errand.

Posted by: Bryan at November 14, 2007 10:43 AM