Thursday, November 04, 2004

Pogo: right again.

Garry Wills boils the election down to Karl Rove delivering the fundamentalist vote, which to me is an oversimplification, but certainly part of it. I will listen to Garry Wills on religion and American history. The lines that really make me queasy:

"The secular states of modern Europe do not understand the fundamentalism of the American electorate. It is not what they had experienced from this country in the past. In fact, we now resemble those nations less than we do our putative enemies."
Aiieee. We are becoming THEM. There are things our supremely tolerant nation will not tolerate, and that's other people's intolerance. Largely because tolerance, at home, is in practice such a bitch. But the real drag is not that Bush is back (bad enough), but the sad realization that he is merely a representation of what a majority of Americans want. (Or as Sasha Frere-Jones put it: People want THE EVIL, and they want it MORE than they did last time.) The notion of an American political process devoid of religion now seems hopelessly lost, and while I still believe money is the root of the issue, religion makes a nice cover story to roust the faithful from their hovels. And faith is what it's all about.


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