There was a time in this country when political satire was merely part and parcel of the way that the voting public viewed those who they voted into office.
In the late 1980’s and early 1990’s, Dana Carvey portrayed then President George H.W. Bush on Saturday Night Live.
It was brilliant, it was funny and most of all, the real President Bush laughed along with the rest of America.
With his passing yesterday, the country is in mourning for not just a President, but a politician who understood and appreciated the value of political satire.
These days, depending on where you stand on the political spectrum, political satire is either a way to let off the stress one feels about those currently in the corridors of power or it is deeply offensive.
As I stated in yesterday’s post about the late President Bush, I was too young back then to have a reaction to the decisions he made while in office. But I look back now and if nothing else, I appreciate that he understood that political satire was an important aspect of the American political scene.
It would be nice if the current White House resident understood that.
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