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The unraveling of civil society. From Johnny Carson to Stephen Colbert

Colbert's foul mouthed monologue, more than anything, 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.

The Carson Show - 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.

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.

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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