Poor guy. Just a kid, it’s not like he’s had plenty of time to sit and think about Orwell’s small classic. Or has he never read it, and he just wants to point out that he’s not talking about crops? I don’t know, I’m confused by this thing–he doesn’t seem to understand in the least how to make one thing or idea stand in for another for more than a couple of seconds.
Christian Hartsock, 22, is a political columnist, author, and filmmaker. A veteran of the Junior Statesmen of America, Christian has written for dozens of news and commentary outlets, engaged in public policy debates, given speeches, appeared on the radio, interviewed prominent political figures including Judge Roy Moore, was quoted in Hans Zeiger’s book “Reagan’s America,” and is the author of the book “In the Name of ‘Progress’: The Liberalization of Christianity.”
If he’s engaged in public policy debates and given speeches, I suppose that’s routine. But if he’s ‘appeared’ on the radio, then he’s some sort of Warlock and I’ll be biting my nails for the mockery that follows. He’s also a fellow Renew America columnist of the recently featured and ridiculed Warner Todd Huston.
The kid actually writes better than Huston, but takes a foolhardy stab at a ‘metaphor’ in starting with the idea that the mainstream media are Obama’s ‘animal farm’.
Feel free to argue with me, but wasn’t the famous book an allegory of how the power-hungry use ‘utopian’ politics to their own greedy ends? AKA ‘Stalinism is Bad’? Memory check.
Aw, nevermind–Hartsock just seems to think that the media are a bunch of animals, and they’re being handled by the farmer President as if they’re such. Ergo, ‘animal farm.’ Get it? There ya go, what else do you need to write a post that slams liberals?
The Obama animal farm
MSNBC’s Chris Matthews once vented to Don Imus his cumulative frustration with presidents who own ranches, huffing: “I want a guy to run for President who doesn’t have a f**king — I’m sorry, a ranch. Wouldn’t that be good, Don, a guy who wasn’t on the ranch during Katrina, he was on the street corner answering questions?” To which Imus replied, “Why are you swearing?”
To Matthews’ credit, virtually every modern president has laid claim to a ranch — even including the current guy who was on the street corner begging for “change.” There was the Reagan Ranch in Santa Barbara, Bush’s Crawford Ranch in West Texas, and Barack Obama’s relatively new, more sprawling cattle ranch — most commonly referred to as the “mainstream media.”
Now why couldn’t he have just called it ‘The Obama cattle ranch’? With the dumb media as cows, right? No stretch.
One would think Matthews’ irritations would have doubled rather than subsided — if only he weren’t himself one of the ranch hands delivering the Kool-Aid-flavored milk to a mouth-watered public via the airwaves of the establishment news media.
Err–what the hell, wingnut? Now Matthews is not one of Obama’s cows, he’s a ranch hand? The ‘public’ are now the animals, and their slop is apparently ‘Kool-Aid flavored milk’. This is a little confusing (hey–just how does that goo go down on a farm?) as the ranch hands also feed by way of ‘the airwaves of the establishment news media.’ Ooookay, really stretching it.
Moreover, Obama’s ranch bears less resemblance to the aforementioned presidential ranches, and is more reminiscent of the Jonestown farm or the Spahn Movie Ranch.
AAUUGH. Just 3 paragraphs into a 19 paragraph post, and the piece is already almost impenetrable. Jonestown did have a farm (“Peoples Temple Agricultural Project”), but that was pretty boring. The Temple, however, was a dangerous and psychotic place, with the megalomaniac Jim Jones the center of the show, eventually successfully urging his cultists to kill themselves. In your ever-nebulous morphing metaphor, it’s now unclear whether the administration or the media are the Kool-Aid feeders.
And hay-zeus, the Spahn Movie Ranch–really? Another cool metaphor, eh, Christian? The ‘animals’ being the Manson Family I presume, who lived there while one of their members acted as a sex-slave for the owner. What’s your point? Who are the Manson Family members supposed to be–the media again? Quick, Christian–Abraham Lincoln at Ford’s Theater: which MSNBC anchor is the bullet that gets shot into his skull? Which liberal nightly news report is ‘Our American Cousin‘? Soros is Booth, yes, of course, a given.
Or, how about ‘given’ a dictionary, after re-checking ‘metaphor’, you might look up ‘ad hominem’? Your stuff is pretty random.
In addition, the winged creatures of Obama’s farm are mostly tropical — bearing stark resemblance to the exotic parrot what with their impulsive, redundant utterances of rhetorical talking points that are conveniently proportionate to the standard 3.5″ x 11″ bumper sticker format.
Pfft, I’m outta here.