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The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.

H.L. Mencken

Monday, March 26, 2012

Why Are They Sniffing America's Panties?

Don't worry, little kid, you're just ahead of the curve.

A few posts over at Balloon Juice make all the same points in different ways.

Cole begins here.  It is echoed here and here.

Despite the improbable political reincarnation of Rick Santorum, the Sweater Vest of the Blessed Virgin, the Right is losing the culture wars. Cole mentions seeing an interracial couple and a lesbian couple on a cooking show.  I think of Modern Family and the incredible normality of the gay couple and their adopted daughter.  I can remember leaving the South and suddenly seeing interracial couples everywhere.  I didn't know you could even DO that.  And yet, clearly you could and then... well, whatever.

The problem that the Right has is that they cast everything in apocalyptic terms.  Santorum says this is the most important election since 1860.  Conservatives say that ACA is second only to Marxist-Nazism in its assault in liberty.

But once people finally realize that bachelor Uncle Percy, the uncle who moved to the city and became a pet psychologist, is only going to get married if he moves to Massachusetts and once people realize that all ACA will really do is guarantee health care coverage for almost everyone, then people wonder what the big fuss was all about.

The Right freaked out about Social Security and Medicare.  They were wrong about that, too, although in some ways they are still freaking about it.

Bless their twisted little hearts.

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