So, I had this epiphany of sorts the other day after watching (and painfully re-watching with increasingly awestruck degrees of mortified horror and stunned, terrified disgust) the jaw-dropping stupidity of the Sarah Palin interview ABC’s Charlie Gibson earlier in the week.
It seemed to encapsulate many of the subtexts and themes that we’ve been rather humorously touching on here over the past few months; namely, the relentless “stupidification” of our politics and the painfully tragic dumbing-down of our political discourse. Moreover, it perfectly embodied in spades the “Blizzard of Lies” that Paul Krugman spoke of earlier in the week, an observation that’s not gone unnoticed by many other keen observers of the political scene.
We do indeed find ourselves rather bewildered and utterly perplexed at being in the midst of a horrific maelstrom of lies. After eight years of the massive incompetence, cronyism, and kleptrocracy under the Bush administration that recklessly plunged America into a hellacious clusterfuck of truly monumental proportions largely for the sake of a highly dubious ideological agenda — come on, folks… a national debt approaching $10 trillion and an annual deficit of $500 billion, the spectacular collapse of the mortgage lending industry, the biggest nationalization of an industry since the 30s, not to mention an illegal, blundering $550 billion misadventure in the Middle East “that is from God” … and so on, are we really supposed to accept the absurd premise that a shrill, inane, clueless, utterly dumbfuck, religious wingnut mayor of some remote town in Alaska that’s apparently highly populated with meth-labs will be the next leader of the free world?
That is of course supposing the crazy, absent-minded, septuagenarian, cancer-ridden old coot who crashed five planes in his military career and made 32 anti-American propaganda films on behalf of his Vietnamese captors as a prisoner of war… The man who finished fifth from the bottom of his class at the Naval Academy, is a self-described computer illiterate that can barely get the news clips that have his name on them, who absurdly claims he that he possesses unique knowledge as to the whereabouts of Osama Bin Laden (in close proximity to the “Gates of Hell” we’re told with confidence)…and who now seems eager to reinvigorate the Cold War at the behest of his lobbyist advisers, or perhaps even initiate a potentially catastrophic nuclear show-down with Russia over the slightest provocation, doesn’t kick the bucket while in office.
Sorry to be blunt and perhaps even somewhat offensive about the matter, but man, oh, man… this is some incredibly fucked up shit going down right now.