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The Decline and Fall of the Democratic Party?

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Apparently Malloy hasn't seen "Fast Times at Ridgemont High."   He seems to be stuck in the nostalgic sixties with the "kids still respect the college dean" philosophy that superseded the "flower power" image of sticking a daisy down the barrel of an M-1 rifle.  

 

Which would be a better choice for seven year old kids:   the lyrics of the Roy Orbison song "Workin' for the Man," that teach berry pickers that if they work hard, then someday they might own the farm, or the lyrics to "Smokin' in the Boys Room"?

 

The kids in school are blasted out of their minds and mouthing the song segment about seeing a picture of themselves on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.   ("Buy five copies for my mother.")   Wouldn't it be better for them to be outdoors in the fresh air doing some hard work?

 

Has moving their headquarters out of San Francisco helped Rolling Stone magazine?   The latest issue invites readers to jump to the conclusion that if (subjunctive mood) Rupert Murdoch used extortion to influence politics in Great Britain he might be doing the same thing in the United States of America.   When Rolling Stone moved, did they lease some available office space in the Amalgamated Conspiracy Theory Factory?

 

In his essay, "Faking It," Michael Sorkin wrote:   "If any accident produces coherence, all coherence is artificial."   Thus if the Republicans can convince voters that their crazy quilt Party isn't the medium but is the actual message, then the Democratic attempt to provide a coherent response will be perceived as artificial and doomed to fail.

 

When Sorkin referred to wrestling on TV, he stated:   "It tightens the link between the representation of reality and the comparable validity of its infinite distortions."   Couldn't the same be said of the Republican Party?

 

Isn't the 2012 Presidential Election going to be a variation of TV wrestling?   Won't the Republicans (who always get to frame the issues) present the idea that the Republicans are the clean cut All American hero types doing their best to get the referee (The United States Supreme Court) to notice that the other fellow is cheating?   The other fellow is always depicted as a slimy villain flip flopping out of the hero's best move and then using an illegal punch to stun the hero?  

 

Jack Armstong (AKA the all American boy) will be pitted against a villain (oil sheik, Apache warrior, a guy in a German WWI helmet, an illegal alien, or [worst of all?] a Frenchman [can you say "existentialist," boys and girls?]) who will immediately incur the disdain (This train?   This stain?   Whatever!) of the patriotic red blooded Americans in the audience.  

 

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