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On missing the (alleged) new Golden Age of television

When I hear certain leftists deny that they dislike America, I often wonder what they like about it. Not our Constitution, the handiwork of greedy, racist patriarchs. Not our history, one long, continuous exercise in oppression. Not our people, a huge percentage of whom are “deplorable.”

All I can come up with is the natural beauty of some of the land, some of our music, and certain trendy television shows.

I hear that we are in the third Golden Age of Television. The first wasn’t all that golden (silver, maybe) and I was not aware of a second.

As for the third, I watched “Mad Men” and parts of “The Sopranos.” The rest, I’ve missed out on, and probably will continue to.

Why? One reason is that I suspect it represents an attempt by leftists who aren’t half as smart as they think they are to preach about race, gender, transgender, class, and the evil and/or emptiness of American life.

Am I paranoid? Probably. But that doesn’t mean I’m wrong.

Last week, my suspicions were confirmed when I watched Charlie Rose interview David Simon. Simon was the creator, executive producer, and head writer of “The Wire,” said to be former president Obama’s favorite show (he liked its “edginess”). Simon has a new show called “The Deuce” about the rise of the pornography industry in New York in the 1970s. (“The Deuce,” I take it, refers to 42nd Street, the center of it all.)

Simon instructed us on the deep meaning of “The Wire” and “The Sopranos.” “The Wire” is really about two Americas existing side by side but never connecting. John Edwards, call your office.

“The Sopranos,” deep down, is really about the emptiness at the core of America’s “who can die with the most toys” ethic. That’s heavy. But isn’t existential angst

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