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Tuesday, August 03, 2010
The Latest Fascion
If I may adapt Oscar Wilde, wingnut talking points are a form of ugliness so intolerable that even they have to alter them every six days. At this point, Republicans just seem every few days or so to be randomly glomming onto some new utterly batshit crazy racist conspiracy theory or civil society demolition proposal (rescind this Constitutional Amendment! No this one! No this one! Mexicans are taking over border towns! Whites are being persecuted by non-white racists! Abolish social security! Tax cuts for billionaires should be paid for by dismantling public education, you know, for kids! Abortions for some, miniature American flags for others!), and everybody talks about the latest fascion, either to celebrate it or to debunk it, at the expense of the demands of actual reality and actual problems for the most part, and then it is swept off our screens by the next fascion, leaving behind nothing but a slight stink out of which some new variation is likely to be whipped up days, weeks, months later when a lull calls forth the latest fascion again.