Last Independence Day, I happily blogged that The United States was not New Zealand, where men and women willingly went to festivals and did shots of horse semen. Today, I sadly report that NBC’s Fear Factor plans to air a segment where contestants drink donkey semen AND urine. Has America officially aborted itself?
There are a lot of ways a country can judge its health. There are economic indicators, like the debt to GDP ratio. There are immigration statistics. There are “national mood” polls (i.e., right track/wrong track). Any number of those things can offer a snapshot into the vitality and well being of a nation. However, nationally-televised donkey semen drinking contests might be one of those “Case Closed” examples that demonstrate for everyone that the cultural state of the nation is “dead.”
For years we’ve worried about the threat of terrorists when, ironically, we’ve been killing our culture from within. Mike Judge directed the movie Idiocracy, but he didn’t need to—it’s here now. Overseas, soldiers fight for words like “freedom” and “liberty,” but they’re fighting for outdated definitions. Today, freedom is completely detached from the notion of natural rights, and is instead interpreted as “freedom to do whatever the f**k I want, consequences be damned.” The word “liberty” is divorced from the personal responsibility and self-restraint of the founders. Instead, muscled-up meat heads and fake-boobed bimbos giggle on television as losers like Joe Rogan see how little someone will self their dignity for.
The United States may have officially aborted itself. But at least the ratings were through the roof, right Joe?