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The New (expletive deleted) Enemy
Monday August 29th 2005, 9:36 pm
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You know, during the “election”, there was a lot of talk about blue states and red states. It all got me thinking, remember the cold war? Remember how we were all taught to hate the “dirty red commies”? I do, sort of. See, I came in on the tail end of that whole “scare the crap out of Americans with Communism so they don’t ask too many questions” era, when most of the propaganda being fed to us in school was so tired and old that it was really all laughable. Nobody in my neck of the woods seriously believed that the Russians were going to nuke us or whatever, so the propaganda all became sort of tongue in cheek. Since then, it’s always amused me. A while back, I picked up the habit of shouting “communist” instead of one of the usual assortment of explitives whenever I’d have car trouble or something. I like to do that, find new and creative ways to curse at things. Lately, I’ve taken the whole “red state” phenomenon to heart by calling people like, oh, I don’t know, O’reilly, Hannity, Coulter, Bush, whoever, a “dirty red.” It’s doubly amusing to me because many of these right wing lunatics are the same ones who shouted so fervently and rabidly about the communist threat back in the 80’s. Back then, red was a bad color to be associated with. “Better dead than red.” Stuff like that. But, now, thanks to an arbitrary decision made by some TV news tech guy somewhere, “red” is now associated with “Republican.” I could not be more tickled by this silly turn of events. Epecially since many of these fanatics seem to have views more in line with Stalin than anybody. So, the next time you get into an arguement with a lunatic Bush supporter, you know just what you can call them. I don’t know of anything that would piss off these right wing jingoists more than to be associated with the very “evil” that made them literally crap their pants way back in those thumb-sucking days of “impending doom.”

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This is pure gold and I’m seeing “red” all over again. Oh how we all had to listen to all the incessant Reagan era commiespeak, while the “great communicator” (great prevaricator) pumped an already bloated defense industry to pure sloth into the golden age of Weapons of Mass Destruction. Not to mention corruption; how many over priced nuts and bolts, toilet seats do you think we all paid for in the name of fighting those dirty reds? Thanks for making me laugh out loud, for such rich prose. Word.

Comment by tao 08.30.05 @ 1:08 am

Glad I could help! 🙂

Comment by anime_activist 08.30.05 @ 6:45 pm

I agree with Tao – this is so brilliantly written. How could they have let this happen? My theory is that some marketing weenie (red is big for them) or conservative wardrobe consultant (red power tie) suggested it when they were all drunk on Southern Comfort one night. the rest as they say is history.

I am also reminded of the Stars upon Thars book by Dr. Suess.

Comment by andrei hedstrom 08.31.05 @ 9:40 pm

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