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"We have to learn the lesson that intellectual honesty is fundamental for everything we cherish." -Sir Karl Popper

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Friday, March 17, 2006

In a Word: Antichrist

After seeing this quote I really do have to concede that Republicans have mastered the art of boiling complex ideas down to concise, catchy phrases. Only I don't think this one will be taken in the Holy Spirit in which it was intended:

"Right now, I wouldn't vote Democratic if Jesus Christ was running." Judy Deats, a Texas Republican, who is standing by Rep. Tom DeLay in his re-election bid despite the fact that his association with lobbyist Jack Abramoff has made him vulnerable to political opposition for the first time in more than 20 years

There's so much going on in this simple phrase, it's tough to know where to begin. First, the acknowlegment that Jesus would be a liberal. Second, the admission that today's GOP has absolutely nothing to do with Christian values. Third, the diametric opposition she draws between Jesus and Tom DeLay.

Thanks, Deats. You've shown me the error of my wonky ways.

UPDATE: I didn't catch this at first, but the statement also shows an unwitting failure on the part of Deats to abide by long-established neo-fascist protocol-- for decades, the far right has insisted on refusing to use 'Democratic' to describe the uhhhhhh, Democratic Party and their Democratic legislation (I caught a close Republican friend of mine doing this, and he seemed genuinely embarrassed at having had his own vocabulary manipulated in such a Big Brotherly fashion). It's the sort of thing that you'd be able to Google and read about in a matter seconds, so I won't get all link-heavy on the right-wing's insistence on improperly saying things like 'Democrat proposal' when they should say 'Democratic proposal.' But even if you're not familiar with this rhetorical sleight-of-hand, you'll probably find it about as surprising as beads on Mardi Gras. Because they're total dicks. No, really. They are.