Sunday, January 22, 2012

Dry as a Bone

While it was not an anniversary marked with public celebrations and memorials anywhere in these United States - at least to the knowledge of Yours truly - 2011 marked the sequicentennial of the American Civil War, a conflict that serves as the de facto genesis of the term "oxymoron". The War Between the States commenced in South Carolina when the troops of the Confederacy bombarded the Union garrison stationed at Fort Sumter into surrender.

If Robert E. Lee and Ulysses S. Grant, negotiating the terms of the surrender of the Confederacy at Appomattox Court House, Virginia on Palm Sunday four grueling and blood-soaked years later could have known that the inhabitants of South Carolina would grow no smarter in a century and a half, one suspects that they would not have permitted them to re-enter the Union. We already had North Carolina back in the fold right? Did we really need two Carolinas?

For those of you in South Carolina who voted for Newt Gingrich in your Presidential primary yesterday, H.L. Mencken applauds you. Well, he would but for the fact that he is dead. Given that it was Mencken who wrote,
"Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard" his applause may be implied. Gingrich is a malevolent force whose supposed political resurrection would have remained merely farcical but for the good old, "Good Ol' Boys" in the Palmetto State.

Mencken also wrote that, "Nobody ever went broke underestimating the taste of the American public." Or at the very least, the electorate of South Carolina....

....a group of people looking for the map that leads them home. Thus far with little success to show for their effort.


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