“The comic book is called ‘Liberality,’ and it’s a testament to the Conservatives’ pathological inability to understand subtlety—or even know when they’re embarrassing themselves” [Beast Blog].
Yes, you heard me right: a wingnut comic book, painting a distended hyperbolic view of a future liberal distopia.
America’s future has become an Orwellian nightmare of ultra-liberalism. Beginning with the Gore Presidency, the government has become increasingly dominated by liberal extremists. In 2004, Muslim terrorists stopped viewing the weakened American government as a threat; instead they set their sites on their true enemies, vocal American conservatives. On one dark day, in 2006, many conservative voices went forever silent at the hands of terrorist assassins. Those which survived joined forces and formed a powerful covert conservative organization called “The Freedom of Information League,” aka F.O.I.L. The F.O.I.L. Organization is forced underground by the “Coulter Laws” of 2007; these hate speech legislations have made right-wing talk shows, and conservative-slanted media, illegal. … Rupert Murdoch’s decision to defy the “Coulter Laws” hate speech legislations, has bankrupted News Corporation. George Soros has bought all of News Corps assets and changed its name to Liberty International Broadcasting. LIB’s networks have flourished and circle the globe with a series of satellites beaming liberal & U.N. propaganda worldwide. The New York City faction of F.O.I.L. is lead by Sean Hannity, G. Gordon Liddy and Oliver North, each uniquely endowed with special abilities devised by a bio mechanical engineer affectionately nicknamed “Oscar.” F.O.I.L. is soon to be joined by a young man named Reagan McGee.
I swear I am not making this up. Look, they have samples! If this were just a one-off experiment with self-depracating political humour, I’d laugh until my eyes bled, but I get the sneaking suspicion that this is a real physical manifestation of that odd wingnut paranoia (ironfisted censorship by a liberal media, gay multiracial orgies in the White House, bin Laden defiling an American flag on a church altar) that seems to affect individuals on the fringe of the group.
How on earth does anyone on the right continue to get away with persecution fantasies?!? How can you write anything, even a comic book, about the impending liberal takeover when conservatives control the executive, the legislature, the judiciary, most governsorships and most state assemblies? One of the great mysteries—and great intellectual weaknesses—of conservative punditry is that it reflexively seeks to blame liberals for everything. At a time when liberals control less and less, this is an increasingly untenable strategy (it may explain the conservative obsession with “cultural elites” though). In the Clinton years, many liberal pundits were willing to turn their guns on the Democrats—particuarly when the Democrats abandoned liberal principles. Can we not expect similar integrity from the conservatives? Must their commentary simply be recitations of the GOP talking points?
The GOP’s unity, though somewhat morally reprehensible, may be one of the reasons why they’ve been so successful. The Leftists are divided between the centrist Democrats and the truly liberal, such a Michael Moore, who identify with Nader’s Green Party. While the party of the political Right may embody the views of most of its constituents, the party of the political left manages to alienate most of the most vocal and passionate of the Leftist thinkers. Way to go, guys!