After months of non-stop, often costumed stalking by the hysterical far right, the Founders finally caught a break this week, thanks to the Mt. Vernon Ladies Association. It seems that the keepers of George Washington’s estate did not let the conservative promoters of the so-called “Mount Vernon Statement” hold their big media event on the premises mentioned in its title. The far right has long enjoyed projecting its obsessions on the Founders, of course, but the Tea Parties have made the phenomenon a full-on reactionary fad lately. No conservative gathering or press release seems complete unless dressed up in Ye Olde Colonial drag. The substance of the statement is only historical in the sense of being rooted in the politics of the late 20th century, rather than the 21st or the 18th. The real point of bringing poor George Washington into this vague farrago of conservative pieties would seem to be keeping longtime Beltway rightists relevant in the Tea Party era.
There have a number of enjoyable stories on the MVS debacle, but the best headlined has to be the Christian Science Monitor‘s “A fake Hitler outdid conservatives.” That’s only the middle of the headline, actually, but that phrase is what jumped out at me from Google.
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