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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Flipping John Curtis' Meat

        Twenty years ago, would you have ever guessed that a product as manly as beer would be sold with gay-friendly commercials?  Bud Light apparently believes that there are more than two genders.  (Someone should tell my old English teacher.)  Heineken has an ad featuring out-of-the-closet Neil Patrick Harris where he assures you that Heineken beer allows you to "flip another man's meat."  Yes, they make it a lame double entendre by showing a guy at a grill, but everyone who's not a moron knows damn well what they mean.
         In a local politics story, our local state representative is being challenged by a Democrat named John Curtis.  Mr. Curtis' entire campaign is based on the incumbent's refusal to concede to Democratic big-spending policies so as to ensure that Conal Cochran, the Majority Leader in the General Assembly, will fully fund the local diploma mill.  The employees of said diploma mill are greatly vexed that they might lose some of the cash cow status they enjoy as state employees.  The fact that Killinois is in huge financial difficulty matters not a whit to John Curtis, whose only concern is that the contemporary equivalent of landed gentry, the government employee, remains well paid and secure.  Yesterday, Estase was reading an article from First Things that asserted that all Americans are Whigs, pointing to things like transgender rights as an example.  While it was in some ways a valuable article, Estase would assert that no, not all Americans are Whigs.  Thomas Jefferson was most certainly a Tory.  John Adams was most certainly a Whig.  The modern day Tories wish for the presidency to be an elective monarchy.  They assert that only the government cares, or should protect, the poor.  And, most germane to this discussion, they believe that a certain group is so much the center of the nation that their welfare is the preoccupation of the state.  For an eighteenth century Tory, this certain group was the landed gentry.  Their twenty-first century equivalent believes that government employees are so much the center of the nation that their welfare is the preoccupation of the state.  Just as how eighteenth century Tories looked down on businessmen and tradesmen, so do the twenty-first century Tories look down on businessmen and tradesmen.  John Curtis could care less about taxing businessmen and farmers, because what they have should be at the service of government employees, making their lives richer and more stable.  John Curtis is a modern day Tory.

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