"It's the stupidest tea-party I ever was at in all my life! "
It would seem to defy the laws of Physics
... like going directly downwind faster than the wind
. Ponder (or is it "pander?") the Beck-Palin "rally
to restore America" taking place 8/28/10. If you thought the Tsunami of Stupid
had run its course, and that natural forces... like the overwhelming evidence that its a scam
would act as a brake for the usual pandering to "the troops" and
"flag," and that abject militarism was losing its charm... well- you'd
Natural forces are present in the very food we eat
, and the story, according to Food Inc.
, for example, is not a happy one so far. Perhaps this particular message
was overwhelmed in 2008 by the deflation of imaginary "capital." The
food we eat, the air we breathe, the water we drink all seem remote to
the Palinoids. Instead, it's "returning" to "traditional values" that
they don't seem to understand. If you get the impression they like to
thump on "texts" like the "constitution" or the "Bible" that they've
never read... you're not alone.
"Uniformity, conformity and cheapness"
seem natural, but if there were ever a case for "return" to
"traditional values," it's the biodiversity of the small family farm.
If we are ever going to sell this idea to the Beck-biters, we'd better
emphasize the word "family" and avoid the word "diversity" like Chicken
McNuggets, because as you suspected, they don't "process text" very
well. It's visceral... from -the-gut, and it's just as artificial and
engineered as the insides of a factory-farm chicken.
While Joel Salatin of Polyface Farms
has not escaped criticism, his message is "green," and his voice may
resonate with the more thoughtful people who identify with the
"religious right." Yes, they do exist, and Salatin who describes
himself as a "Christian-libertarian-environmentalist-capitalist farmer"may serve as an example. Reason must somehow find a voice among those who are calling out for a "religious rebirth
" among those who are so easily led by blatent opportunists.
The alternative is simply too dark to imagine.