Forgotten Rant

2 comments September 30th, 2009at 06:59pm Posted by Eli

You know, I got so distracted by the hilarity of Phyllis Schlafly and Jerry Boykin disagreeing on whether feminism or muslimism is the Greatest Threat To Life As We Know It OMG, that I completely forgot to address the nonsensical quote that drew my attention in the first place:

Schlafly went on to suggest that Americans are “waking up” and that they don’t want “our country to be run by czars,” which she called “a Russian idea.”

For the love of God and all that is holy, THEY ARE NOT ACTUAL CZARS!!!  They are political appointees with an interdepartmental portfolio but little actual power, that someone once upon a time decided to call “czars,” just like every scandal has to be called ____gate.  At least Schlafly was correct in saying that czars were Russian rather than Soviet, but I’m pretty sure that the intended implication is that Russian = Communist, which is another nice ahistorical touch.

I cringe every single time I see some conservative moron pretending that these government functionaries have anything whatsoever to do with Russian czars, or that comparing them is meaningful in any way.  Epic. History. Fail.

Entry Filed under: Republicans,Wankers

2 Comments

  • 1. Spear and Magic  |  September 30th, 2009 at 10:52 pm

    Their balking at the use of “czar” all of a sudden is especially funny given that most of the executive branch appointees who have been called by that name have come under Republican administrations. Perhaps ost famously, Reagan had William Bennett as his “drug czar”.

  • 2. Eli  |  September 30th, 2009 at 11:02 pm

    All the right-wing hyperventilating about CZOMG THE CZARS ARE TAKING OVER is pretty much the very definition of one of my favorite words that I never actually use, “manufactroversy”.


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