Monday, August 23, 2004
MORE TIME TRAVEL
First it was Reuters. Now, Lewis Lapham of Harpers has seemingly acquired the ability to travel into the future to report for the rest of us time-bound folks. Here's what he wrote about the not-yet-held Republican National Convention (thanks to Hit and Run for discovering this).
Referring to "the platform on which [George W. Bush] was trundled into New York City this August with Arnold Schwarzenegger, the heavy law enforcement, and the paper elephants," Lapham writes:When do the rest of us get time machines?
The speeches in Madison Square Garden affirmed the great truths now routinely preached from the pulpits of Fox News and the Wall Street Journal--government the problem, not the solution; the social contract a dead letter; the free market the answer to every maiden's prayer--and while listening to the hollow rattle of the rhetorical brass and tin, I remembered the question that [Richard] Hofstadter didn't stay to answer. How did a set of ideas both archaic and bizarre make its way into the center ring of the American political circus?