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Born at the Crest of the Empire

Monday, January 04, 2010

Infantillizing 'the base.'

Grazing across Drudge, it really hit me who the active Republican base is.

Paraphrased Drudge: "It's cold outside therefore 'global warming' is a lie.'

Drudge reader: "Yeah. It is cold outside...."

It's a group for whom the world does not exist beyond the right now and the end of their own nose, and people ar making mints by catering to these children.

(Other favorites. "I don't like paying my taxes, so taxes are all bad," :everthing is either all good or bad," and "Gays make me feel icky, so gay marriage must be wrong.")


  • The most amazing myth that seems to motivate these people is that "everything the government does is bad for you." So despite the fact that many of these folks receive either direct or indirect benefit from the government (from public roads to food stamps) they are so easily manipulated by big business!

    (There also the irony that these "freedom patriots" seemed to actually SUPPORT Republican warrantless wire tapping and all sorts of breaches of privacy and liberty!)

    By Blogger -epm, at 10:15 AM  

  • And there's also the attempt to broaden individual experience to include preferred groups.

    I don't lkike paying taxes, so Bill Gates should get a tax break.

    I'm worried about government intrusion into guns/religion/whatever, therefore there should be no regulation (even if it puts mercury in my drinking water.)

    It's Palin-ization.

    By Blogger mikevotes, at 11:12 AM  

  • In the anti-government mode, my daughter was mentioning how ludicrous the statement was, "Do you want the same government that runs the Post Office to run your medical care?" She said that from her point of view, putting a letter in her home mailbox in Oahu with a 44 cent stamp and knowing that it would be delivered to the addressee's house three thousand miles away within the week seemed like pretty good government service to her.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:16 AM  

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