Wednesday, November 24, 2004

Insanity has become the new normal in America

Can you resist this teaser from ArtsJournal?
When Was America Turned Over To The Crackpots, Eh? As viewed from Canada, America's new morality crusade is not only pathetic and wrongheaded but maddening. "Religious right. Moral majority. Family values. Pick a catchphrase and behold the stupefying ascent of the shrill and pathetic, the petty and disconnected, the scolding band of castigators hellbent on telling others what they can watch and hear and even think... Who are these snivelling whiners? These self-righteous, holier-than-thou grumblers who have programmed 'FCC' into their speed dial?" Toronto Star 11/24/04 Posted: 11/24/2004 6:41 am

The author of the piece also says:
Please don't mistake this cranky dispatch for anti-Americanism. I was born in Akron, Ohio and spent many childhood summers in Harrisburg, Penn., surrounded by good people with unwavering commitments to God, the Stars and Stripes, and the military.

America is, in my humble estimation, the greatest country in history. Well, half of it is. The so-called blue states lead the world with innovation, research, development, dominating the economy's competitive sectors while exporting culture and ideas. Those in the red states, not so much.

Also see the Tom Shales piece I already pointed to:
Shales on FCC's Michael Powell
For those who haven't seen it, one of the most passionate and effective shreddings of a public official I have ever witnessed comes from Tom Shales in today's Washington Post. (Source: Cliopatria)

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