Yesterday, in talking about forming one’s conscience in light of Church teaching, we noted that if your exercise of “conscience” always tends to get you off the hook from thinking about anybody but yourself and never binds you to any obligation to consider others, the odds are pretty good you are not a heroic victim-martyr bravely defying a tyrannical Church but are, in fact, just a narcissist who likes to cosplay martyr.
One of the many rich ironies of all this is that when MAGA selfoids attempt the feat of satire, they always wind up a) punching down and b) satirizing only themselves.
The point of satire, of course, is to punch up: to ridicule the powerful in defense of the powerless. But MAGA “satire” is always in defense of the powerful and cruel at the expense of those weaker than themselves, as when this powerful man mocked the disabled:
Allegedly “prolife” MAGA cultists not only instantly made their peace with that, but pulled out the stops to blame offended members of the disabled community for victimizing this sadistic little bully, thereby making clear that they had not the slightest interest in the dignity of the human person when it stood in the way of their quest for raw, nihilist power.
Nor has anything changed in the next six years. On the contrary, the Cult has adopted the language of the people they hate, not to satirize it, but to make it their own in ways far more nihilist.
See, for instance, this:
This is imagined by the “prolife” MAGA Murder/Suicide cult to be the height of lib-owning satire. But in fact, it is simply the embrace of the evil that (some) prolifers used to sincerely warn against: namely, the denial of the right for others to live in favor of unadulterated selfishness. I am old enough to remember when, long ago, at least some of the prolife movement cared about the right of the unborn to live and asserted that this right was something they shared in common with all human beings from conception to natural death. The goal was to secure that right for all.
No more. The “prolife” MAGA cult now virulently asserts that their freedom frees them from any consideration for the health and lives of others, born or unborn. Indeed, unlike the pro-choice protestors of yore (many of whom simply did not come from a tradition that believed in the personhood of the unborn and honestly did not see themselves as harming human life), the MAGA “prolife” Murder/Suicide cult somehow manages to still trumpet themselves as “prolife” while defiantly and spitefully doing all in their power to kill both the born and unborn out of no other motivation than petty spite. And so we find protestors from Franciscan University mimicking the language of the pro-choice movement:
And for what? So they can fight to sicken themselves, as well as endanger and kill innocents, including the unborn–all in the service of a MAGA subculture of dogged, perverse, and evil selfishness, combined with a martyr complex that lives in a fantasy world where The Liberals[TM] are coming to take their Freedom.
The Holy Father has made clear that, “Morally everyone must take the vaccine. It is the moral choice because it is about your life but also the lives of others.” But with far less excuse than a non-Christian pro-choice protester ever had, MAGA Catholics at Franciscan University have made clear that no one and nothing stands between them and their selfishness. Even a mask is too much for many of them. That they somehow expect to retain a shred of credibility when they then turn around demand that women endure the challenge of a crisis pregnancy and motherhood would be laughable if it were not so nauseating. The signal achievement of the MAGA “prolife” Murder/Suicide Cult is to make clear that what matters to them is not the dignity and protection of human life from conception to natural death, but power over and punishment of women. And they are at war with the Church and the vulnerable to prove that.