Satire is dead, killed by reality.
If Jonathan Swift were to pen this his “A Modest Proposal” today a large percentage of readers would consider it a serious proposition that solves two problems at once.
This is because we live in an age in which refugees from wars pitting factions of their own religion deem it appropriate and righteous to kill people of another religion in their adopted homelands.
This is because government agencies such as the EPA take scientific evidence that there is no “widespread, systemic impact” due to fracking and release a final report that says fracking “can impact drinking water resources under some circumstances” and that “impacts can range in frequency and severity.”
This is because government agents who are caught patronizing prostitutes get bonuses instead of being fired, while generals who have mistresses get demoted and brought up on charges, but presidents and presidents-elect who have serial affairs and commit lewd acts are praised.
This is because one major party nominates a proven liar and manipulator to be president, just ahead of a self-declared socialist who isn’t even a member of the party, while the other nominates a clueless, classless, guffawing clown who has only been a registered member of the party since Wednesday and who can’t remember what promises he made last week and doesn’t care.
This is because federal land agencies can protect and preserve wild horses by letting them overbreed and starve to death on the range.
This is because fake news is being fact checked by news fakers.
This is because people say they want to protect free speech by putting a limit on how much free speech others are permitted to have.
This is because people blame their losing an election on the fact Russians hacked their email accounts and revealed their devious plots and manipulative efforts to win the election.
This is because a U.S. senator who has served in that body — in which each state has equal representation no matter its population, land mass or collective IQ — for three decades can say with a straight face and without fear of being ridiculed that the Electoral College is “very undemocratic.”
This is because environmentalists can declare they are saving the planet by preventing one-acre oil and natural gas well sites from despoiling the land, while lauding the erecting of endangered species killing solar panels and solar thermal mirrors and wind turbines on thousands of acres of public land.
This is because people can say without a hint of irony that they will not tolerate intolerant people.
This is because people see no problem with demanding raising the minimum wage so some more people will make a decent salary even though many will lose their jobs entirely.
People say satire is dead. It’s not dead; it’s alive and living in the White House.
The most brilliant satire of all time was ‘A Modest Proposal’ by Jonathan Swift. You’ll notice how everything got straightened out in Ireland within days of that coming out.
Political satire became obsolete when they awarded Henry Kissinger the Nobel Peace Prize.
I have never knowingly, I swear to God, written satire. The word connotes exaggeration of the foibles of mankind. To me, mankind just has foibles. You don’t have to push it!
Praise undeserved, is satire in disguise.
You can’t make up anything anymore. The world itself is a satire. All you’re doing is recording it.