No. 118 (essentialsaltes) wrote,
No. 118
essentialsaltes

And they were 17 feet tall!

First, peruse this This Modern World.

Now marvel at this statement from this Tea Party candidate from DE (no, not that one, another one):

"Do you know, where does this phrase separation of Church and State come from? Does anybody know? ... Actually, that's exactly, it was not in Jefferson's letter to the Danbury Baptists. He was reassuring that the federal government wouldn't trample on their religion. The exact phrase 'separation of Church and State' came out of Adolph Hitler's mouth, that's where it comes from. Next time your liberal friends talk about the separation of Church and State ask them why they're Nazis."

Tom Tomorrow, Modern Prophet


More seriously, all of this nonsense seems like a horrible game of mucking with reality in people's minds with their whispering red-faced shouting campaign. It's like the joke about compromise: one guy wants half the cake, the other lady wants all the cake, so the judge steps in and gives the lady 75% of the cake.
Side 1: Universal Healthcare! Side 2: Death Panels! Electorate's Brain: Hmm, maybe there are a few death panels.
Side 1: The First Amendment! Side 2: Church/State Separation is a Nazi idea! Electorate's Brain: Hmmm, allowing Muslims to build a mosque in a place I don't like certainly does have a whiff of fascism about it.
Side 1: Something Sane! Side 2: Scientists have created mice with functional human brains! Electorate's Brain: Scientists are not trustworthy sources of information.
Side 1: The Constitution gives the government the authority to establish post offices! Side 2: The USPS loses money and it's full of foreign black people. It should be dismantled! Electorate's Brain: It's a crime that the USPS charges $5 to send a 1 pound package to NYC in two days, when 2nd day UPS is just $21.83 and FedEx 2Day is a remarkably totally different $21.83 [Seriously, look how efficient the invisible hand is at setting the optimal price when there is competition!]
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