Never Waste a Chance to Exploit Your Believers

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    So Sarah Palin is coming to Hampton Roads for something called Freedom Fest 2010; “A Salute To Our Military and First Responders.” These schtiks seem to have displaced the ubiquitous travelling revivals as cash cows. The 501(3)c has replaced the religious tax shield. The final destination for the income is more murky.

    Just what kind of salute is this? Honoring military and first responders by charging them admission to be honored? How about showing a little appreciation by reaching into your pockets and providing them free admission and some beer and barbeque? Smacks of those selections to be “honored” in “Who’s Who;” simply send money to defer the cost of inclusion.

    Yes, a circus is coming to Norfolk. Sarah and George Allen and Ollie North accompanied by Lee Greenwood. While we can’t be certain what the price of meeting Sarah and Ollie might be (“There are very few Platinum VIP reservations left, so don’t delay!”), you can be guaranteed an autographed copy of Allen’s new book with the purchase of two tickets. “What an excellent Father’s Day gift!” You think George is going to direct those proceeds to the local Emergency Medical Services. “You betcha!”

    • Teddy Goodson

      is an absolutely on-target description of the great tradition of the American religious-revival-tent  carnival. What genius! What laser-like attention on long-standing historical buttons in the American frontier psychology! You have to admire the clever exploitation: religion combined with carnival atmosphere including con men, combined with self-congratulatory patriotic fervor. Isn’t that a neat package? Remember the usual Republican use of Orwellian words—– “Freedom Fest” to describe one more step down the road to corporate feudalism with its peonage of the average American, under a government consumed by militarism.

      I expect we will see not only corrosive attacks on the unpatriotic Democrats and our weak unpatrtiotic President, but demands for more war in the Middle East (now we have “discovered” the mineral wealth of Afghanistan), vitriol about the unsustainable budget deficit, and demands for jobs, why isn’t Obama delivering jobs?

      And, you know what? Democrats are going to find this hard to answer, because neither the Party nor Obama have publicly expressed the perfectly good progressive counter-frame, they have continued to operate inside the Republican frame. The best response I can think of at this late date is yours: If they are so fond of the military, why isn’t the event free to the military? If it isn’t free, it ain’t a real tribute.    

    • Va Breeze

      how do they clean the Ted after these clowns?