On December 3, 2008 — back when I was blogging more regularly at Infinite Monkeys — I shared with Monkey Nation a video I was hipped to thanks to The American Culture blog. (The editor of TAC, Sam Karnick, is a Heartlander and all-round good fellow.)
I dare to call this a remarkable event in modern popular culture. Modern comedy, especially on Comedy Central, drips with cynicism. The network’s biggest shows — South Park, The Daily Show, The Sarah Silverman Program and (perhaps to a lesser extent) The Colbert Report — take potshots at everything traditional in America.
I find a good bit of that funny, but start to get tired of it after extended exposure. It’s always been a mystery to me how a network that makes its bones by continually mocking (often in bad faith) the values of Middle America thrives. Perhaps the majority of America — the non-elites — are not as stupid as Jon Stewart seems to think we are, and we have the self-confidence to laugh at ourselves.
Yet, on Comedy Central no less, Colbert presents a little song that is sincere, respectful, honest and (gasp!) wholesome. Note that Colbert produced a “Christmas” special, not a “Holiday” special. The distinction is important, especially in today’s climate.
I still enjoy that little video, and admire it. Colbert might have gained a bigger head in the two years since he cut that video in his mock (but not entirely cynical) Christmas Special. But it is a video that I think most libertarians and conservatives can enjoy — ideally with a stogie in one hand and a warm and spirited holiday cocktaili in the other. In the lyrics there is a little bit of something for both stockings.
Enjoy, and leave your comments below:
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