Kilroy Was Here
June 14, 2004
What the *&%^ is the matter with Kansas?
I heard an interesting interview on Terry Gross last Thursday with Thomas Frank on his book What's the Matter with Kansas?
One of the interesting points Frank made on the show was the inherent contradictions inside of the Republican party.
For one, the social conservatives in the Republican party rage against the downfall of the American culture, with all those movies, music, magazines, etc. But the big business conservatives in the Republican party are doing everything they can to enable big business to continue to sell the very things the social conservatives rage against.
Another point he made was how the term liberal has devolved into a kind of curse word. A funny story he told: He's jaywalking across a street to get to a store. A car drives buy, honks, and the driver leans out the window and yells, "Get out of the street, you damn liberal!"
How did we get to this point?
The Republican party is large and contains multitudes.
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