Political Satire Becomes Reality

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Political satire used to be an art form. It is a unique form of expression used by writers. It is often quite biting, and not always to everyone’s taste. Satirists address controversial political and social issues, writing in prose, and often time with a dash of humor, what normally could not be said in plain ordinary language.

POLITICAL SATIRE BECOMES REALITY

By Al Garcia

Political satire used to be an art form.  It is a unique form of expression used by writers.  It is often quite biting, and not always to everyone’s taste.  Satirists address controversial political and social issues, writing in prose, and often time with a dash of humor, what normally could not be said in plain ordinary language. 

Political satire is an ironic, often sarcastic, and even humorous, examination of our political arena, with an emphasis on exposing the absurdity and hypocrisy of the rhetoric, the actions, and the reactions of politicians to their own exaggerated significance and prominence, as seen from the sidelines by ordinary people, in ordinary places. 

The greatest satirist of all time, in my view, is and was 19th century writer Mark Twain.  He saw the world around him through the eyes of ordinary and decent Americans.  He walked among them, and spoke and thought their words, and felt their passion and their ire at the state of our political and social dilemmas of his time.  His commentaries examined the political and social ridiculous from a common sense and even humorous standpoint.  They are now part of our history and our legacy. 

Yesterday, I witnessed the height of absurdity and hypocrisy in our current political state of disorder and ineptitude – the televised Congressional debate and vote on the censure of Congressman Paul Gosar.  Political satire becomes reality in living color, and in degrading and shameful speeches justifying and even glorifying Gosar’s gross offence.

And after all was said and done, and after being censured and condemned by honorable members of the House of Representatives, he steps out of the well of the House, and goes back to his office and retweets the violent video that depicts him murdering Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.  And why shouldn’t he have?  He was being patted on the back by fellow Republican Congressional leaders after the censure, and receiving support from podcaster Elijah Schafter, which read “Really well done.  We love @DrPaulGosar, don’t we folks?.”  This is our new America.  This is our state of the Union.  A deteriorating mentality of character and of nobility that is spreading across our land like a pandemic. 

Writing political satire is now nothing more than simply straight reporting on the shenanigans of politicians and their supporters.  There is no morality, principle or decency that comes with attaining an office in Congress.  To the contrary, attaining any political office now comes with a license to lie, to cheat, to deceive, to threatened, to intimidate and even to kill, in order to keep or achieve power.  Nothing is off the table.  Nothing is sacrosanct. 

The Congressional hearing on the Gosar question was the ultimate display of our divided nation and our red and blue mentality.  No more compatriots sharing the welfare and the wellbeing of a nation.  Now, enemies and adversaries.  The Reds.  The Blues.  And in between, the lives and the future of ordinary men and women simply trying to make it through each season. 

No rivalry.  No debate.  No disagreement.  Simply unmediated hatred, distrust and cynicism.  That is now the foundation of our governance – if you call chaos and obstruction governance. 

The Gosar hearing was a sad day for America.  As Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez stated on the House Floor during the hearing,” “What is so hard about saying that this is wrong?”  Not just what Congressman Gosar did, but what the Republicans in the House of Representatives did, or rather, didn’t do?  They refused to say, “EnoughWe are better than this!”  A very sad day, indeed.  Because what the Republican House Members did and said at the Gosar hearing was, “We are not better than this.  We are thisWe have become this!”

And people ask, why write political satire that may arouse, provoke or aggravate some readers?  The answer is simple.  As a satirist, I look at and examine our deteriorating political dilemma and put into words thoughts that reflect a simple truth.  It may not be your truth, but a truth it is.  And once, it was a truth that could have been debated, argued and discussed.  Now, it is a truth that must be shared as satire and entertainment, rather than the reflection of the times we live in.

Humor, irony and sarcasm is sometimes the only way to cope with matters or situations out of our control.  And believe me, politics today, is out of control.  Out of everyone’s control.  This is my way to cope, and to share thoughts of the way it used to be.  Of generations of heroes and of patriots.  And of ordinary men and women who gave of themselves to preserve and protect an idea and a dream.  And through my writings, I still dream.


Submitted: November 18, 2021

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dewey green

If Progress is moving forward...
What's Congress?

Fri, November 19th, 2021 2:05am

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Great question, and a title for a piece itself !!

Fri, November 19th, 2021 3:27am

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