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The Obama Culture Arrives


The year 2012 was a depressing time for people who are already pessimistic about the state of our common culture. Conversely, the re-election of Barack Obama, in large measure made possible by the heavy financial support of Hollywood, projects the optimism of the cultural Left. They anticipate increased blue-state voting patterns in favor of gay "marriage," legalized pot, gun regulations, and what next? Legalized prostitution? Euthanasia subsidized by Obamacare?

So let's just line up the cultural winners of Obama's America, where the only impediments to progress are those who believe in religion, manners and "family values."

Winner: Seth MacFarlane, the creator of the sick "Family Guy" cartoon and other Fox animated smutcoms on Sunday nights. He'll mock anything to shock the viewer, from portraying Jesus as a lying drunk, to joking Ronald Reagan was gay, even to making fun of domestic violence. Tinseltown loves this man. He guest-hosted "Saturday Night Live" in their season debut, was named host of the 2013 Academy Awards telecast and ABC's Barbara Walters named him one of the year's 10 "Most Fascinating People."

"Seth is the vision and the sensibility behind America's most popular and profitable cartoon series," Walters cooed. "Seth is a hands-on mastermind." She proclaimed, "The 'Family Guy' franchise is said to be worth nearly 2 billion dollars." She concluded by promoting his Oscar hosting gig: "In two months, hundreds of millions will be watching this writer, producer, actor, cartoonist, singer, multi-millionaire and all-around genius, and we'll all find out just how far Seth MacFarlane can go."

MacFarlane's filthy semi-animated movie, "Ted," grossed (literally grossed) $218 million at the box office. This was the movie described efficiently as "a boy's teddy bear comes to life and becomes a profane slacker who practically lives inside a bong and hires hookers in groups." The most unnecessary scene of the year was this teddy bear coming on to a sleazy fellow employee by not only doing pelvic thrusts, but also by spraying himself in the face with hand lotion — a porny orgasm shot on a child's toy.

That's "sensibility," says the Obama culture.

Winner: MacFarlane's older sidekick, Bill Maher, the toxic atheist HBO star and the epitome of self-indulgent Hollywood liberalism, a man who shamelessly denounces the rest of America as a nation of idiots.

Maher wrote a million-dollar check to Obama's Super PAC Priorities U.S.A.

The liberal media labored mightily to connect Mitt Romney to Donald Trump, but have said almost nothing to connect Maher to Obama.

Maher had another year of vicious commentary. Late in the campaign, he joked, "If you're thinking about voting for Mitt Romney, I would like to make this one plea: black people know who you are, and they will come after you." After Obama's victory, Maher joked about Karl Rove, "It was a little Hitler's bunker, wasn't it? I wanted to rush in with a cyanide capsule there."

He summed up the election this way: "It is your choice, America, because for me it is a win-win. If it's Obama, America wins, and if it's Romney, comedy wins." Maher has set the tone: Comedy is strictly deployed against the people who don't like Obama. If that feels like a Third World backwater to you, welcome to the Obama culture.

Winner: Roseanne Barr. She just won't go away. She was honored as comedic trailblazer for women with a Comedy Central roast. Katey Sagal, who played a foolish bimbo mom on "Married with Children," used the occasion to whack at Ann Romney: "Roseanne, I feel honored that you and I broke new ground as TV moms who didn't cook, didn't clean and didn't make any money. In the '90s, that made you a bad mom. But today it makes you Mitt Romney's wife."

Roseanne also exemplified the Obama culture's reaction to Chick-fil-A, in several Christian-bashing Twitter rants in July, including: "Anyone who eats S—t Fil-A deserves to get the cancer that is sure to come from eating antibiotic filled tortured chickens 4Christ". Then came the geopolitics: "Off to grab a s—it fil-A sandwich on my way to worshiping Christ, supporting AIPAC and war in Iran."

Winner: Howard Stern. NBC parted with $20 million to bring in the old shock-jock as a sharp-tongued judge on their summer show "America's Got Talent." The ratings dropped, but in the Obama culture, that's not really the point. NBC just announced Stern signed a new contract for 2013 to repeat his "towering presence and opinions," because his "dedication comes across in a genuine way to our viewers who share his passion."

The slogan for Team Obama in 2012 was "Forward." There's nothing forward about the Obama culture, however. It is down, down, straight down, into the abyss.

L. Brent Bozell III is the president of the Media Research Center. To find out more about Brent Bozell III, and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at



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Sir; .. Let me bathe for a moment in the twisted prejudice of your first paragraph and toss out some turds of truth... Your pessimism is unwarranted, but is the common theme of the right... Your depression is deserved, but is self inflicted, and we have no common culture, but that should be our goal, and the right stands in the way of our achieving that culture...
This is an optimistic people, but the right has fed the pessimism of the people, and then fed off of that sense of doom, and in doing these things have made doom all the more certain... The rich, the right, the religious and all those subsets making up the larger republican party have never believed in democracy, and have never believed in America, and they have sabotaged the idea of this country, and believing democracy was doomed and dying have sliced off a piece of it for the fry pan at every opportunity...
It is a matter of perception... There is no crime in the eyes of the right to run a ship onto the rocks that you believe is sinking anyway...If you believe humanity is red in tooth and claw, and doomed to live in squallor and pain, then why not profit on that pain, and gain on our desparation???...Speaking only of the religious who are the moral backbone of the republicans; the belief they hold in the last days, and the revelations are not in the least conducive to the responsible use of resources, or in the intelligent stewardship of the people....And here becomes obvious the fact that we have no common culture...
Culture is the sum of knowledge of a people, but what can any people do when what is believed is in such dissonance with reality as it can be proved and known...If a smart fellow says faith without doubt is dead faith, then millions in this country accept dead faith and look forward with longing to death... The control by such people guided by faith of our common government has given plenty of expectation for disaster for which the prayerful are prepared for with more prayer...Again; the pessimism of the right is resulting in a world that justifies their outlook on life...
The culture of ignorance and credibility is not shared by most Americans who are clearly more optimistic...
If you only look at the numbers you quote, you will see what a small problem is the immorality that makes you so pessimistic...In a nation of three hundred million; what is a gross of 208 million for Ted is chump change... Does that fact that people want to laugh bother you; because it actually beats by a wide margin the alternative, which is to physically attack- in the attempt to rid the world of the false morality and hypocracy of the religious right, and their control of so many governments, communities, and schools...If you have advertizers supporting the goofy, irreverent garbage you eshew; then your problem is with capitalism, and what would your morality be without the bullwark cold, hard, irrational capitalism gives your superstitious, mythmangling, life abusing religion???
I know you want to run down the mindless stupidity of those who consume such garbage, but would that not demand some government which the right rejects if it would tend to protect people from the limited choices offered by outlaw capitalism??? We are offered the meaningless choice of individual freedom against economic coercion... Why have a government that cannot either educate people, or defend them from preditory excess but against calls for limited government???..
For years, the Supreme Court of this land defended business against the force of democracy verses a right of contract that in the end not one of them could point to in the constitution... It was a right imagined out of free market economic principal: but what actual principal was ever involved in the choices working people have had to make out of duress??? The right wants freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and freedom of choice so long as it follows the course they have determined as right for it...What the right wants is a population mired in ignorance, faith, and superstition -unable to defend themselves through government or any other means from those who would make themselves their masters...
It is the right which should be optimistic because they have the weight of history and the tide of psychology on their side...This has been behind their hatred of democracy and predictions of its doom... It is the optimistic left, hopeful in the good heart of mankind, in the power of reason, and the kindness of strangers which should be pessimistic..I am realistic... If people will survive it is because they demand from all others the power necessary for their survival which by another name is freedom...
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Fri Dec 28, 2012 6:14 AM
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