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Monday, September 29, 2008

Matt Taibbi Slays the American Public with a Giant Sarah Palin Stick

I think Matt Taibbi's writing is fantastic. If I may present a small section of his most recent piece from Rolling Stone:
Here's the thing about Americans. You can send their kids off by the thousands to get their balls blown off in foreign lands for no reason at all, saddle them with billions in debt year after congressional year while they spend their winters cheerfully watching game shows and football, pull the rug out from under their mortgages, and leave them living off their credit cards and their Wal-Mart salaries while you move their jobs to China and Bangalore.

And none of it matters, so long as you remember a few months before Election Day to offer them a two-bit caricature culled from some cutting-room-floor episode of Roseanne as part of your presidential ticket. And if she's a good enough likeness of a loudmouthed middle-American archetype, as Sarah Palin is, John Q. Public will drop his giant-size bag of Doritos in gratitude, wipe the Sizzlin' Picante dust from his lips and rush to the booth to vote for her. Not because it makes sense, or because it has a chance of improving his life or anyone else's, but simply because it appeals to the low-humming narcissism that substitutes for his personality, because the image on TV reminds him of the mean, brainless slob he sees in the mirror every morning.
Seriously, go read the whole thing. It's well worth it.

2 Barbaric Yawps:

At 29/9/08 10:29 pm, Blogger pendens proditor said...

Articles like this remind me that it's only a matter of time before we're all drinking Brawndo.

At 1/10/08 11:29 am, Blogger Bruce said...

Yep, that about sums up the typical American. We pride ourselves on our ignorance. We don't want no elitist telling us what to do. We want someone we could share a beer with running our country.

It's funny how we Americans always consider ourselves the best and the brightest yet we are happy to settle for mediocrity when it comes to choosing a president.

Actually, I'd be happy to settle for mediocrity this time as that would be a huge step up from the current idiot in the White House.


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