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Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Signs of the season

Posted By on Tue, Sep 12, 2006 at 11:06 AM

Maybe it's only coincidental. Or maybe it's part of the gay-thumping shivaree A$a's jackboots have working. Whatever, here's a political dispatch from rural Arkansas that is at least spiritually related:

There's a Sunday a couple of months before every election here when the Baptist and evangelical preachers distribute Republican yard signs. Last Sunday was that Sunday and suddenly my neighborhood here, one of the wealthier ones, is covered up with Asa! signs.
Most of these are otherwise sane people who figure it can't hurt their prospects of going to Heaven when they die if they go along with whatever the reverend says. No actual
thinking is involved.

There aren't many Beebe signs, and one reason is that this exhibition of religious zeal is intimidating to people who don't share in the enthusiasm.

It's usually only subtly intimidating. But people sense that fanatics and those whom the fanatics drag along can be dangerous, and it creates a reluctance in areas that you think don't really matter, like yard signs. This is a sad, diseased state of affairs, and actually more of a consideration than it was back during the Faubus Madness. I think the psychology probably works against GOPreacherism in the long run in that the intimidated can take their revenge
in the sanctuary of the voting booth, but it's a disturbing thing, nonetheless, to be creeped out in your own castle this way.

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