|From Album 5|
But it’s too late. They’ve been eating the monkey brains for a long, long time. Pierce:
What we see today is the prion disease manifesting itself in garish symptoms, but, as we mentioned yesterday, the country ate the monkey brains in 1980, when it allowed — nay, celebrated — Ronald Reagan’s spurious anecdotes as works of innate political genius.
Sad to say, I’m part of the generation that went whole hog…the generation that produced, interestingly, Barack Obama, but also Sarah Palin–and a host of people who, at an impressionable age, didn’t just drink but bathed in the Kool-Aid of “government always bad, government always bad, government a drag on the holy private sector.” Hell, some of my fellow government employees think that. The degree of disconnect astounds me.
Earlier this week Ed Kilgore (citing Bill Keller) called it Wingnut Woodstock. Which would be fine and good if it was just a bunch of ‘nuts getting their ya-ya’s out at some fly-over-state country club. But they’re fucking with the good name, not to mention full faith and credit of the United States…which could bring us all down in the ensuing maelstrom.