Honestly, I find this heartening. As I wrote a while back, when thinking about American Culture:
American culture has always been – up until pretty recently – a culture that could laugh at itself, even as it took on heavy responsibilities. From the earliest revolutionaries – from Ben Franklin on – we’ve been able to look at the world and ourselves and dream big but with a wink to keep egos in check. Thus, the man who wrote: “Our new Constitution is now established, and has an appearance that promises permanency; but in the world nothing can be said to be certain except death and taxes,” was also the man who wrote: “Beer is living proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy,” without fear of losing his face.
There is a kind of American genius on display here (and in the original, as well). Unstoppable.
Ben Franklin, we need you!
NOTE: The “What is American Culture” piece I link to and quote here is several years old, and I mistakenly believed the misattribution to Ben Franklin on the beer quote. Having just finished Walter Isaacson’s excellent bio on Franklin, I now know better, and commenter NYC Esq. has it right when he notes: “What he did say was less pithy and quotable, but perhaps more inspiring: “We hear of the conversion of water into wine at the marriage in Cana as of a miracle. But this conversion is, through the goodness of God, made every day before our eyes. Behold the rain which descends from heaven upon our vineyards; there it enters the roots of the vines, to be changed into wine—a constant proof that God loves us, and loves to see us happy.”
The video I link to is a parody of this huge pop-culture phenom that “wow’ed” everyone but left me a little “meh.” Perhaps the reason why I so much appreciated the quick aping.
Thanks to Glenn Reynolds for the Instalanch! Much appreciated!