Posted March 11, 2014on:
Good Tuesday afternoon Widdershin friends and congratulations! Congratulations that you have survived the annual “Fever Dream Jamboree” held in Washington, D.C. You may know the “Fever Dream Jamboree” by its other name, CPAC, (Crazytown, the Politically Adolescent Coalesce). By all accounts, it was a rip roarin’ time.
The speakers talked about the best thinking in modern conservative philosophy, like their love of science, particularly the Old Testament part. Or like Ann Coulter, who said most of the country’s problems could be solved by women keeping their “knees together.”
Then there was the ever humble Michelle Bachmann, who called conservative thinking the most powerful intellectual movement ever known to man whereupon she was answered in a responsive reading by Sarah Palin ripping off Dr. Seuss with a rendition of Green Eggs and Ham.
This bacchanal festival got me to thinking — how is it that every year for three days 11,000 people can be so self-satisfied and conned into cheering for a hit parade of vintage 1950s thinking. Given that just about every sentence has to mention their patron saint, Reagan Maximus, this mass tribal Haka can’t be due to a pharmaceutical assistance — “just say no” to everything seems to be the secret password. What could be the inspiration for this cabal?
And so I was off to try to figure out a reason for this orgy of cognitive dissonance. I ended up with a theory I think explains it, psychological sublimation:
Sublimation is a mature type of defense mechanism where socially unacceptable impulses or idealizations are consciously transformed into socially acceptable actions or behaviors.
Try as I might, I have nothing better to explain the exhibited behaviors. For instance:
Remember the big kerfuffle during the last presidential election of “you didn’t build that”? This conservative conclave was held at the Gaylord National Harbor in Prince George’s County, Maryland on the Potomac River outside of Washington, D.C. Well, we did help build it.
To get to the isolated, reclusive, palatial Taj Mahal-like National Harbor development, these heretics had to drive their unicorn-powered limousines on roads. To make the development a reality, over $500,000,000.00 of our tax dollars were spent for interstate highways, off-ramps, interior highways, water taxi docks, and the like. Over a half-billion public dollars to build the shrine in which the chant was, “Government is never the answer,” and “we got ours, sorry about your luck”! The incongruence is understandable since logical consistency has never been big with this group ever since they signed on to the theory drowning witches was a sign of innocence.
It didn’t stop there, there were socially unacceptable impulses represented in the voting. Last year, Chris Christie wasn’t even invited to the gathering because of his Sandy-inspired bromance with President Obama and he only scored 7% of the votes. This year he scored 8% — just subject thousands of your citizens to the dangers of 4 days of unnecessary traffic gridlock for political purposes and you will be rewarded.
Then there was Paul Ryan who had conveniently just published a 200-page epistle on how to relieve the guilt associated with cutting children, the disabled, and single mothers from government assistance. Ryan’s epistle was filled with research supporting his position — only trouble was, most of the research didn’t say anything close to what Ryan said it said.
Or take Gov. Prettyhair Rick Perry for instance. He had the crowd on their feet cheering. Even if he has difficulty counting to three, just slap a pair of hipster glasses on him, and he is the new oracle from Lenscrafters. Obviously for this crowd, there is more currency in failing a vision test than passing an IQ test.
Rick Perry is a good analogy for this group suffering from the enormous burden of constantly sublimating any socially acceptable ideals — just slap a pair of glasses on and the path to the socially unacceptable will be perfectly clear.
At least we are safe for another year.
This is an open thread.
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