Sensors, smartphones, apps: these are our generation’s earplugs. That we no longer notice how thoroughly they banish anything that even smacks of politics from our lives is itself a telling sign: deafness – to injustice and inequality but, above all, to our own dire state of affairs – is the price we’ll pay for this dose of immediate comfort.
3. Sarah Palin no longer seems to recognize or care that her words make absolutely no sense. “Don’t retreat: You reload with truth, which I know is an endangered species at 1400 Pennsylvania Avenue. Anyway, truth,” Sarah Palin told the crowd at the intellectually scintillating Value Voter Summit this week. Of course, 1400 Pennsylvania Avenue is the fa mous address of, uhh, the plaza in front of the Willard Hotel? But you get her drift, don’tcha? Another excerpt: “Bush’s war was bad, but Barack’s bombs, oh baby those red lines, the strategery [sic] there that was thought up on the back nine, Barack’s bombs, oh they’re the bomb.” Palin seems to have reached the point where she mimics speech by stringing random thoughts and right-wing memes together, and it sounds to her like language. How she got this way is unclear. Too many family brawls, a blow on the head during a moose-hunting expedition, too much Fox News, having been given a national platform before her brain was fully formed? Those are some of the theories kicking around. The audience looked a bit bewildered, so she topped it all off with her version of the now infamous latte salute. Everyone laughed and laughed. At last a recognizable joke. And yes, that’s right. She used the word “strategery.”