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  • “Let All the Poisons That Lurk in the Mud, Hatch Out”

    Posted by David Foster on February 12th, 2014 (All posts by )

    A long series of derogatory tweets about Shirley Temple, by people who just cannot stand the fact that she was a Republican. Read a few of these, if you can stand it. There’s a lot of rage there, a lot of hate…can anyone doubt that many of those posting these tweets would like to see their political opponents killed, or at least thrown into concentration camps?

    The politicization of all aspects of American life continues apace.

    Andrew Breitbart observed correctly that politics is downstream from culture…but there is also a feedback path going the other direction: politics does influence culture, also. And clearly, the stoking of resentment and bitterness by Barack Obama…and really, by what is now the mainstream of the Democratic Party…has had a terribly corrosive effect on American society.


    9 Responses to ““Let All the Poisons That Lurk in the Mud, Hatch Out””

    1. Tim Says:

      They look more and more like the Jacobins every day.

    2. Sgt. Mom Says:

      I looked at that thread yesterday – it was pretty sickening. The most violent, ignorant and racist segment of the population on full and unashamed display.

    3. Bill Brandt Says:

      I was reading last night that even Sheryl Crowe hates the Internet – she rarely goes on and last time she did saw a vulgar comment about one of her songs that compared her voice to “being raped in a field”.

      They are out there…

    4. Michael Hiteshew Says:

      There are some fever swamps I choose not to enter…

    5. ErisGuy Says:

      I see your “let all the poisons…” and raise you “I saw the worst minds of my generation destroyed by socialism.”

    6. IGotBupkis, "Si tacuisses, philosophus mansisses." Says:

      }}} Twenty years from now most of the Republican Party will be dead. Shirley Temple was just another old conservative who now can’t vote.

      Yeah, she could only still vote if she was a Democrat.

    7. Michael Kennedy Says:

      For an amusing and informative hour, watch the George Will interview on why he has become more libertarian. It’s Reason TV and an hour long but worthwhile.

      His best comment is “”I’ve lived in Washington now for 44 years, and that’s a lot of folly to witness up close,” says Washington Post columnist George Will. “Whatever confidence and optimism I felt towards the central government when I got here on January 1, 1970 has pretty much dissipated at the hands of the government.”

      Most of what I see of government is revolting, including most of the GOP.

    8. ErisGuy Says:

      It is not “politicization.” It is re-moralizing on a morality as different as the near past as Christianity was different from paganism.

    9. David Foster Says:

      ErisGuy…it is indeed re-moralizing…re religious-izing, if you will…but that doesn’t mean it’s not also politicizing. If “progressivism” is a religion, it is one at the opposite spectrum from “Render under Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and unto God the things that are God’s,” because in “progressivism” there is ***nothing at all in the world*** that doesn’t belong to Caesar.

      See this very interesting essay on the spiritualization of politics.