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World Awash in Irony

Posted on Tuesday, August 29, 2023
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by AMAC, Robert B. Charles
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Have you noticed? We are awash in unintended irony. Irony is expecting one thing and seeing another, or in fiction when you know what is going on, but a character in the book does not, so you see the surprise coming.

Here is what I mean, maybe you can explain to me why. A country singer writes about self-reliance, self-defense, and America’s small town culture. For singing these values, he is savagely mocked by the left. Then, his song goes viral.

Another country singer condemns Washington’s indulgent culture, calls them “rich men north of Richmond,” gets blasted by pro-government Democrats and media. Never with a song in the top 100, his song goes to number one.

A beer company’s leadership decides to ride the “woke” train, putting leftwing politics ahead of consumer values. Cheered by the left, they get abandoned by everyone, their stock crashing, down 27 billion.

A president who took his adult son to 15 countries, facilitated $20 million in an apparent sale of his office, served as hub of a federal bribery and RICO conspiracy, foreign deposits in 17 bank accounts, demanding a Ukrainian prosecutor investigating his son be fired – then indicts his top political opponent for “defrauding.”

More ironic, a president who wildly mishandled countless classified documents, leaving them in bizarre places available to the son paid by foreign countries – including China – indicts his rival for mishandling classified documents.

Irony on irony on irony, a president and his son who got warning from the FBI before they came to collect his documents – invaded his chief political rival’s home with intimidating force – 30 armed agents, 11 hours, a “general warrant” seemingly in violation the 4th Amendment.

Then, irony on irony on irony on irony, a former president is demonized by the left, indicted four times on politics, forced to a mug shot – and he rises in the polls.

In short, we live in an era of something more pungent than hypocrisy, contradictions, and rice paper denials. We live in an era of nesting ironies.

All this puts me in mind of Joel Chandler Harris, presenter of slave era folklore, who has – of course – been condemned. He gathered stories, gave them life through fiction, invented Uncle Remus, who retold these stories, like Brer Rabbit.

Harris, through Remus, gave us a living definition of irony, and maybe some instruction – if we are sharp enough to take it – about what to do in a period of profound contradictions, unfair concentration of power, and divided society.

When Brer Rabbit was caught by Brer Fox, a fictional character clever but not clever enough for the brash, bounding Brer Rabbit. The indicted rabbit begs mercy of the fox, who says no.

“Brer Fox, roast me, skin me, tie me up, but please, please don’t throw me in the briar patch!” Today, Brer Rabbit might please “please, please, woke political actors and activists, maybe join me, or pretend you agree with me, but please, please, don’t condemn me, mock me, blast me, or indict me!”

Well, you know the rest of the story, I presume. Brer Fox cannot help his hatred, so throws Brer Rabbit in the briar patch – where the other Brer Rabbits celebrate his return home, smack in that place he loves, the heartland, the briar patch.

Maybe one last irony, before I let you go. Brer Rabbit was brought to life in the 1946 Disney movie “Song of the South,” which – in retelling these old tales in historical context – won two academy awards.

Today, Disney – up in woke smoke – refuses to release that film to home audiences, afraid of blowback. At the same time, Disney promotes woke, anti-American, anti-Christian, anti-innocent films, woke ideology and theme parks. It is also coming to terms with a decade of total stagnation, Americans leaving them.

So, what a discombobulated, inside-out, irony-saturated world we live in – let us hope temporarily, as common sense returns. Irony surrounds us, songwriters who go viral when savaged, companies who go broke trying to be woke, politicians who think power means entitlement to greed, corruption, and abuse – and a former president being indicted in a flailing attempt to stop him – from going viral.

Who can say what tomorrow brings, or what these nesting ironies means? Perhaps best to follow Uncle Remus, Joel Harris, and Brer Rabbit. Maybe we look to be condemned and tossed in the briar patch, anticipate heartland peace. Maybe we just sing, knowing what goes around comes around, as they say, “zip-a-dee-doo-dah.”

Robert Charles is a former Assistant Secretary of State under Colin Powell, former Reagan and Bush 41 White House staffer, attorney, and naval intelligence officer (USNR). He wrote “Narcotics and Terrorism” (2003), “Eagles and Evergreens” (2018), and is National Spokesman for AMAC.

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Rik
Rik
9 months ago

Irony is Alive and Well especially when People lack Common Sense. . . Namely Democrats!

roy
roy
9 months ago

Humor is good.. The only problem more than half the world(this banana republic) does not know what humor is..

SusanW
SusanW
9 months ago

Love this article and its twist on the concept of irony, Bobby! You hit on two things that are part of our heartland – country musicians who tell stories of everyday life and Joel Chandler Harris, presenter of slave era folklore, and his characters, Uncle Remus, and my hero, Brer Rabbit. And, yes, Brer Rabbit would be highly frustrated in today’s world.I’m a strong believer that common sense will return and hopefully one day soon, so we can rid our country of politicians who are power hungry, full of greed, lawlessness and abusers. And, on a side note, I quite liked the Briar Patch. Zip-a-dee-doo-dah!
”Humor brings insight and tolerance. Irony brings a deeper and less friendly understanding.” Agnes Repplier

Texas Resister 64
Texas Resister 64
9 months ago

Indeed, it’s all true. But in an earlier age, when I was young, we were at least taught the fundamentals of logic, including the law of the excluded middle. Not so much in schools over the past twenty or so years, so that parents don’t even teach the rudiments at home. So people have forgotten how to think, and make decisions based on feelings–oh, oh, oh–feelings. And that’s why the swamp is now stinkier than it was four years ago.

John Bass
John Bass
9 months ago

Two thumbs up RC, another home run in my book.

Robert Zuccaro
Robert Zuccaro
9 months ago

The left knows how morally and literally corrupt, let alone senile, Joe Briben is but the same ppl polled also say they will vote for him again! And WE’RE accused of being “cultists”? There’s your IRONY! They vote “against Republican” over voting “for a Democrat”.

Carol
Carol
9 months ago

Interesting article with good points! Don’t forget the crucifixion of Jesus brought salvation to the world! Sometimes what we don’t see is used by God for our good! I try to keep my eyes focused on Him!

Kim
Kim
9 months ago

Whether they’re profound contradictions, ironies, gaslighting, or just plain stupid ways of doing business, the woke portions of our population are losing money and credibility every time they pull these stunts. They look so childish! More power to rational entities… Let Disney, Target, Anheuser-Busch, and the rich men north of Richmond fry in their dirty grease.
As more “average” Americans watch this silliness play out and get ever closer to home, they will turn away from the woke agenda and finally realize that the traditional, conservative approach works best for this country and for the most citizens. This is part of the woke plan, though, to distract sensible people from concentrating on the important, relevant aspects of our lives while sucking up to the tiny numbers of people living on the lonely fringes.

John
John
9 months ago

Excellent presentation of irony. Sometimes the irony is lost in the realism of what’s happening…but this late it out for all to see. Now, if we can just get someone to take action…

David Millikan
David Millikan
9 months ago

On 1-20-21, Dictator Beijing biden
Issued The NERO DECREE Against The CITIZENS of The UNITED STATES and The UNITED STATES of AMERICA.

anna hubert
anna hubert
9 months ago

It’s not irony we live in but complete madness Insane are running the asylum we are kept in

Donna
Donna
9 months ago

Mr. Charles, I have always wanted to use the word “discombobulated” in a sentence. You did! No surprise you’ve written another excellent article.

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