I’ve heard it said that imitation is a form of flattery, but I think it is equally true that uncharitable and unfunny satire is flattery in its own right. The American Catholic (as well as a couple of other blogs associated with frequent com-boxers here) has now been parodied/attacked with a faux-blog called “The Catholic Fascist.” I think we all know who is behind this rather bizarre and childish waste of time.
I actually find it quite amusing, I must admit. He does manage to make a few zingers that cracked me up in the sense that we all have to laugh at ourselves from time to time, but the funniest part is that its really nothing but the temper-tantrum of a frustrated loser who has completely given up. Can we blame him? The blog he used to write for couldn’t even break into the top million websites in the United States, while ours is in the top 140,000 (and our readership doubled in the last month alone). I’m sure his professors think he’s cool though.
Now, I’m not sure which of the lovely characters writing for the faux-blog I am supposed to be. At first I thought I was “Joe Pantsonfire” (funny coming from a guy who lies about posting here under different identities, and probably plans on denying that he created this thing), but in linking to a post on my personal blog I was referred to as “Joe Hartgrove.”
But really, if a clear warning that Francoism, which actually was pretty close to fascism (but not identical with it, as some ignorami argue), doesn’t work and can’t work in the United States, a repeated rejection of neoconservative empire building, a consistent argument that families and communities should be strengthened at the expense of the state and a total rejection of corporatism and plutocracy makes me a fascist, then there’s really only one thing we can conclude: that the person making the claim is blinded by anger, bitterness, and envy to the point of sheer stupidity. He is theoretically bankrupt and intellectually lazy. And he needs to get a life, preferably one in Christ.