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'Whatever it is, I'm against it'

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Don't look to Barry Goldwater or Milton Friedman, even Ronald Reagan, to explain why addled fundamentalists, like zombies surfacing from the 1925 Scopes Monkey Trial, disparage learning, expertise, and reason.  Every pitch-fork mob figures what it doesn't know will hurt them -- and the more foreign and un-American, the greater the threat to closed minds in diminished worlds.  


After all, Tea Party gangs can't intimidate the "despotic" Federal Reserve like it does Obama or Congress.  Hear the whispers?  What sort of alien name is Bernanke, anyway?   When disturbed and confused by complex reality, authoritarian personalities just say no -- then amp up the bullying mean-spiritedness.


Trust Groucho the great philosopher of "Horse Feathers" to nail today's destructive negative feedback loop (singing):

Whatever it is, I'm against it.  No matter what it is or who commenced it, I'm against it.

Your proposition may be good, But let's have one thing understood, Whatever it is, I'm against it.

And even when you've changed it or condensed it, I'm against it.


While logicians posit "you can't prove a negative," don't tell Rick Perry or Michele Bachmann -- whose campaigns of fury are one long negative feedback loop.  Can deranged "nattering nabobs of negativism" (per Spiro Agnew) actually win a national primary by having no ideas, just being "hysterical hypochondriacs of history"?   Against this TP crusade to dismantle the last century, the White House Weakling comes across as pitchman for positivism, a Pollyanna stuck arguing "things can't get worse" (into double-dip recession).


Yes, they can.  And will, with our leaders.  Whatever -- here's the deck-clearing negation nutcases are selling, a heaven on earth for the braying Bachmann-Perry clan:

No tax increases, no regulations, no income tax, no Federal Reserve,  No abortions, nor labor, gay, minority, women's nor civil rights.

No separation of church-state, no immigration, No Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, No unemployment insurance or retraining funds, No federal aid to education, research, or health care.

In short, the government roughly in effect soon after God -- or was it Columbus, no, Vikings -- discovered America, when nothing but native arrows to impede unregulated, predatory expansions.   Beyond Bachmann, Perry makes clear exactly what his pious flock favors -- America as exceptional Christian Nation, God's imperial fortress armed to the teeth to battle incalculable enemies until the Rapture blasts secular liberalism, Muslims, Jews, evolution and climate change .

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