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The Catechism of the Right

If you’ve been paying attention to politics at all over the last eight years, you know the standard litany of right wing ideology:

1. Shrink the government
2. Mix church and state
3. Military and war
4. Remember September 11, 2001
5. Terrorist attack is looming

Speaking before the House of Representatives yesterday, Congressman Joe Wilson managed to toss all these elements together. Wilson was giving a speech about how dreadful it is that the Obama Administration is spending too much money. It was pure economics right up until the end, when Wilson threw in a gratuitous right wing benediction:

“Today’s continued decline in jobs is a symptom of the slow, bureaucratic-driven spending this administration put in place. Our economy will recover, but small businesses will be far better vehicles of job creation than big government expansion. By saddling future generations with such massive debt while threatening Social Security and encouraging the potential for hyperinflation and higher interest rates, this administration has misread history, misplaced its priorities, and misspent American tax dollars. In conclusion, God bless our troops, and we will never forget September the 11th in the global war on terrorism.”

You’ll have to pardon me for not writing any more articles today. I’m suffering from a case of rhetorical whiplash.

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