From Johnny Carson to Stephen Colbert
“In a monologue considered witty by teenagers, teenagers in adult bodies and those who hate President Trump, CBS “Late Show” host Stephen Colbert said about President Trump, “The only thing your mouth is good for is being Vladimir Putin’s c*** holster,” and “You’re turning into a real prick-tator.”
Not to many of us.
And not just not witty but obscene, which is particularly disturbing because it was broadcast on network television, not cable television.
But more than anything, it exemplified a trend in American life that one could identify without any exaggeration as the unraveling of civil society. To anyone — liberal or conservative — who grew up watching Johnny Carson on late-night TV, the descent from Carson to Colbert is as breathtaking as it is heartbreaking.
Along with virtually every other American, I never knew Johnny Carson’s politics. I would not have been surprised if he was a liberal or a conservative, a Democrat or a Republican. In his 30 years as host of “The Tonight Show” on NBC, he never so much as hinted as to how he identified politically. He poked fun at whoever was in power.
The reason he didn’t let on where he stood politically is he believed that he had a much greater responsibility: to offer Americans of all political persuasions an island of good-natured fun, a place where all Americans could laugh together every night.
And, of course, it is inconceivable that he would have used the language Colbert used. Kids could watch “The Tonight Show” because he — and we — lived in a pre-left age, when grown-ups thought they had a responsibility to be good models to young people — in other words, a responsibility to be adults. But the left has never been comfortable with growing up.
Those who mock the Trump motto, “Make America Great Again,” who claim they don’t understand how anyone could think America was ever great, might begin to understand what many of us mean, in at least this one way: Prior to the Age of the Left, during which we have lived since the mid-1960s, there were places in America where Americans could enjoy life and one another without politics intruding, not to mention hate-filled politics like Colbert’s.
Americans could watch sports events without athletes showing contempt for the American flag and the national anthem; without sportscasters and sports writers labeling as racist anyone who used the team name “Redskins”; without sports shows injecting politics into their programing, as ESPN does now so often that many sports fans no longer watch it.
It was an America where elementary teachers referred to their students as “boys and girls.” Today, teachers in more and more states are directed not to use those terms, as some 6-year-old may not identify as a boy or a girl.
It was an America where kids were proud of the American flag. Today, in the Age of the Left, students on a growing number of American campuses vote to have the flag removed from their campus because in their view, it symbolizes not freedom and sacrifice but slavery, oppression and imperialism — ideas put into their heads by leftist high school teachers and college professors.
And it was an America in which Superman’s self-proclaimed mission was “truth, justice and the American way.” A few years ago, however, Superman announced that he was renouncing his American citizenship to become a “world citizen.”
One could list a hundred ways America was indeed great (without ever ignoring serious moral flaws). Now, one can list a hundred ways in which America has lost that greatness. The descent from Johnny Carson to Stephen Colbert is just one example.
But it is a powerful one.
And it is but one more result of perhaps the most important rule of life of the past 100 years in America and around the world: Whatever the left touches, it ruins.
The universities, the news media, the entertainment media, the fine arts, the courts, the high schools and the elementary schools (and soon, the preschools — once they’re government-funded and universal) — all ruined wherever leftism has achieved dominance.
Now it is the turn of late-night TV as embodied by Stephen Colbert. Or, as he himself put it on election night on Showtime, “I’m your host, Stephen f—— Colbert.”
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Immigrant Charged With Slitting 2 Doctors’ Throats, Shooting at Police Had Previous Record of Bank Robberies
“Boston, MA – Bampumim Teixeira was arraigned from his hospital bed on multiple charges, including two counts of murder. Teixeira, who is an immigrant from Africa murdered two doctors in cold blood.
Teixeira has a criminal history as well. He received a light sentence by a liberal judge for 2 bank robberies.
According to immigration law, immigrants in the state can be deported if they are sentenced to at least one year or 365 days.
TGP received a tip: A sanctuary city, pro-immigrant, liberal judge, Lisa Grant (Deval Patrick appointee) gave Teixeira a 364 day sentence so he wouldn’t be deported. Had the judge given him the appropriate sentence it is extremely likely both doctors would still be alive.
Teixeira also worked as a security guard at the building prior to jail so he knew how to get inside and may even have had a card key access. Robbery was the motive.”
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Backpack full of jewelry discovered at South Boston murder scene
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Deportable alien allowed to remain in the United States after felony bank robbery conviction murders two Boston doctors
“A Chelsea man accused of viciously murdering two doctors in a South Boston penthouse had once worked in a security job at the complex and apparently had filled a backpack with jewelry before he was shot by police Friday, according to details that emerged Monday.
Police discovered the backpack inside the door to the $1.9 million condominium unit after police shot and subdued Bampumim Teixeira there, prosecutors said. He was wearing black clothing and dark-colored gloves, authorities said.
Teixeira, 30, was ordered held without bail after pleading not guilty to killing the doctors — Lina Bolaños, 38, and Richard Field, 50 — whose bodies were discovered bound and whose throats had been cut, according to authorities and information provided to the Globe.
Teixeira had been in a security job at the condominium complex near the MBTA’s Broadway Station sometime before 2016, according to a police report. Boston detectives were told about his work at the complex when they were investigating an earlier robbery at a bank. He completed his sentence for two bank robberies last month.
Field worked at North Shore Pain Management, a business he helped create. Bolaños was a pediatric anesthesiologist at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary.
Pappas did not say how authorities believe Teixeira reached the top of the Macallen Building.
However, his work at the building emerged during a 2016 investigation of a Boston bank robbery. Security workers at the complex identified Teixeira for detectives and said he had worked there, according to Boston police reports.
Teixeira completed a nine-month sentence in April for two robberies at the Summer Street branch of Citizens Bank in downtown Boston in 2014 and 2016.
His former girlfriend, who asked not to be identified, said in an interview Monday that she had never noticed any of her jewelry or possessions being missing. The man she had dated seemed completely different from the one charged in a double murder, she said.
“Something is wrong with him,” the woman said.
Teixeira texted and called her unexpectedly on April 22, the former girlfriend said. He told her that she would never see him again and that he did not plan on living for long, the woman said.
Property records show that Field paid $1.94 million for the 2,025-square-foot penthouse on July 17, 2013. The apartment is part of the 148-unit Macallen Building.
In 2014, Bolaños paid $710,000 for a two-bedroom condominium unit across the street at 150 Dorchester Ave., property records show. The district attorney said she was living with Field.
The Macallen is one of two buildings in the Court Square condominium complex, which includes a glass-and-red-brick structure at the corner of Dorchester Avenue and Broadway. Trustees from the Court Square Press Condo Association released a statement Monday, expressing shock at the killings.
“There are no words that can fully convey our sadness for the families of both victims,” the statement said.
Current and former residents described tight security staffed 24 hours a day. The complex did not have doormen but employed a concierge service that had employees in the lobby who controlled access to the buildings. Residents could also enter the building through the secure parking garage.
Palladion Services provided the concierge service until Feb. 18, when the complex switched to a new company. It could not be determined what precipitated the change. The new company, Highbridge Concierge, calls itself a premium residential management company.”
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