That was a beautiful, heartfelt note, and I do very much appreciate you writing it.
I am a New Yorker. I live down the road from Donald Trump and have for 30 years. I know what a fraud he is, how ignorant and dangerous. As all New Yorkers do.
Satire is a legitimate, age-old, and important form of protest and resistance. I write every day, seven days a week, because we can’t go silent or turn our heads away from the danger. This has happened before, namely in Europe in the 1930’s.
Silence the free press and the slide into oblivion is fast and certain. No democracy can survive the collapse of the 4th institution — an objective media.
I attack only Trump and his lackeys, not you or other ‘frenemies.” If you have read the responses to critics of my posts, you will see that.
This quote from Molly Ivins, a well-known American columnist and political commentator, speaks the truth of this form of political protest:
“Satire is traditionally the weapon of the powerless
against the powerful. I only aim at the powerful.
When satire is aimed at the powerless,
it is not only cruel — it’s vulgar.”
And this from Maajid Nawaz, a British activist and author who speaks about the offense of satire, always intentional:
“Satire is, by definition, offensive. It is meant to make us feel uncomfortable. It is meant to make us scratch our heads, think, do a double-take, and then think again.”
I try to be thoughtful when I write. Often the messenger is attacked for his message, but that confuses the point of my writing completely. It is a defense of free speech, nothing more but nothing less.
I hope you understand. And want to thank you again for the generosity of your message.
Have a fine holiday, Nicholas.