Whether you're a fallen dictator-thug or a fallen Hollywood star, you're still a guy. And when you're a guy you do dumb things to get the girl. Creepy is Universal.

Jim Carrey sends out a “a comical love letter” to actress Emma Stone. Moammar Qaddafi presents the Secretary of State “with a diamond ring, a lute, [and] a locket with an engraved likeness of himself,” years before Libyan “rebels” find his secret stash of Condi photos…on a mattress with no sheets, apparently. What’s the difference? Where’s the connection? You can watch the video for The Who’s “Pictures of Lily” (or was that Pictures of Condi?), or you can continue reading this blog post for the answer.

Jim Carrey’s video is a joke, but it’s also not a joke. In a weird, dark corner of Jim’s mind he actually thinks Emma Stone might by curious enough about his video to give him a call. He says, after talking about camp fires and board games (and amazing sex):

“And every day for the rest of your life you would thank God that I was the appropriate age for you. But I’m not. I’m 49…I have lines on my face…sometimes a little grey in my beard…and sometimes it takes me a little bit longer to pee than it used to.”

Jim’s video is funny, but there’s a part of him that hopes Emma says, “What is the ‘appropriate’ age?” before deciding, “You know what?—I want to see what it’s like to kiss a man with a little grey in his beard.”

Likewise, Qaddafi probably entertained strange fantasies of extremely “diplomatic” relations with former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

Jim Carrey was a Hollywood star who got what he wanted. Gadhafi was a dictator who got what he wanted. And we always want what we can’t have. And guys will come up with all sorts of cockamamie schemes to hook up with a woman they desire. Creepy is universal, whether we’re talking about the actors who work for a Hollywood studio, or a dictator thug whose son (Al-Saadi Qaddafi) wants to be a Hollywood player.

Man is a fallen creature. He is of the “crooked timber” the philosopher Kant once so accurately described.  And whether it comes to foreign policy or raising a family, it would be wise to acknowledge such truths. Liberalism, and more specifically the moral relativism preached by its advocates, posits that there are no objective truths; that good and evil are “social constructs.” At other times, liberals suggest that man’s natural state is that he is good and just, but that social inequalities are what warps him.

Conservatives know this is not the case. They know, to borrow from Reagan, that freedom is always one generation away from extinction. Tinctures of that “crooked timber” are all around us, whether it’s in the silly non-joke/joke of a Hollywood actor, or the actions of flamboyant dictator.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to prepare for a thunderstorm. You may have heard of her: she goes by Irene.

Update: The one thing I will say about this video is that it makes a great case for a Dumb and Dumber sequel.

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