Sunday, May 01, 2005

That's not the point
Frank Rich tries to take on South Park Conservatives:

But a funny thing happened on the way to the publication of 'South Park Conservatives': Emboldened by the supposed 'moral values' landslide on Election Day, the faith-based right became the new left. Just as Mr. Anderson's book reached stores in early April, Mr. Parker and Mr. Stone, true to their butt-out libertarianism, aimed their fire at self-righteous, big-government conservatives who have become every bit as high-handed and meddlesome as any Prius-pushing movie star. Such is this role reversal that the same TV show celebrated by Mr. Anderson and his cohort as the leading edge of a potential conservative victory in the culture wars now looks like a harbinger of an anti-conservative backlash instead.
I don't think Mr. Rich gets it. Those shows, making fun of the Christian Right, are a big part of what South Park Conservatism is about. South Park conservatives support gay rights quite strongly, for example. These people are not conservatives who enjoy South Park, they are people who support the pragmatism of South Park comedy, making fun of the excesses of both sides, and, on the balance, coming down in favor of a moderate conservative philosophy.

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