Monday, May 10, 2021

An Immodest Proposal?

Jonathan Swift’s A Modest Proposal famously solved famine in Ireland by serving up children. Would it be a false equivalent to suggest that GOP is solving its problems by devouring those thoughtful conservatives and originalists who pride themselves on constitutionality. In the Coen brothers Fargo, a wood chipper is notoriously used to dispose of a body. What’s going on in the Republican Party would qualify as Swiftian satire were it not so terribly sad. The Insurrection occurred on January 6. What’s followed has been The Inquisition. The cure says the current Savonarola is to rid the party of all brains and principle and for that matter anybody who opposes his will. Grind up the George Conways, Mitt Romneys, Adam Kitzingers and Liz Cheneys and spit them out. Hail Caesar!  Heil Hitler! Remember Dostoevsky’s Grand Inquisitor who put Christ himself on trial? Mitch McConnell’s current objective by the way is to stop the Democrats. Is that a platform?

Read Francis Levy on Kurt Vonnegut's Welcome to the Monkey House, The East Hampton Star

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