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The first Republican president once said, "While the people retain their virtue and their vigilance, no administration by any extreme of wickedness or folly can seriously injure the government in the short space of four years." If Mr. Lincoln could see what's happened in these last three-and-a-half years, he might hedge a little on that statement.
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Friday, June 14, 2002
 
The Ideology That Dare not Speak Its Name
A number of liberal bloggers have been pretty hard on Ralph Nader, now that he has openly accepted what has been obvious for quite a while: in reality, he is now a Republican activist. MWO has been even rougher - no permalinks as usual, but they do quote pro-Nader statements from Phyllis Schafly.

Those of us who have never been forced to hide our true feelings shouldn't be too hard on Ralphie, now that he has courageously come out of the closet. We can never understand how hard it must have been for him to keep his shameful secret all these years, all the little and big lies he has had to tell: sitting in late night dorm chat sessions praising Che and Sartre when all the time he was secretly dreaming about Von Hayek. Buying Bob Dylan tapes just so he could carefully paste the labels over his Donny and Marie collection. Laughing at Archie Bunker with all of his friends, even though he secretly knew Archie was right and Rob Reiner really was a meathead. Insisting that he only read Commentary 'to understand the other side'. Claiming that he only watched Ronald Reagan movies for the camp. Wearing neckties in public every day when his beloved bow ties could only be worn at home behind locked doors. Closing his eyes every time he shook hands with Jesse Jackson and fantasizing he was with Clarence Thomas. Trying to figure out whether he loved Andrew Sullivan in public but hated him in private, or vice versa. Inventing countless excuses about why he missed the last episode of The West Wing so he wouldn't have to admit that he was really watching O'Reilly. Pretending that there was no difference between Bush and Gore.

So Ralph, now that you have finally found the courage to declare your true identity, the Nuisance salutes you. Be strong, be bold. Say it out loud: "I'm a dittohead and I'm proud!" Serve on a corporate Board of Directors, or serve on a bunch - the pay's good, the work's light, and they owe you big time. Grover can set it up. Don't let up now - you still have a Senate Majority to deliver for Bush to go along with the White House you already gave him.



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