It would seem to defy the laws of Physics… like going directly downwind faster than the wind. Ponder (or is it “pander?”) the Beck-Palin “rally to restore America” taking place 8/28/10. If you thought the Tsunami of Stupid had run its course, and that natural forces… like the overwhelming evidence that its a scam… would act as a brake for the usual pandering to “the troops” and “flag,” and that abject militarism was losing its charm… well- you’d be wrong.
Natural forces are present in the very food we eat, and the story, according to Food Inc., for example, is not a happy one so far. Perhaps this particular message was overwhelmed in 2008 by the deflation of imaginary “capital.” The food we eat, the air we breathe, the water we drink all seem remote to the Palinoids. Instead, it’s “returning” to “traditional values” that they don’t seem to understand. If you get the impression they like to thump on “texts” like the “constitution” or the “Bible” that they’ve never read… you’re not alone.
“Uniformity, conformity and cheapness” may seem natural, but if there were ever a case for “return” to “traditional values,” it’s the biodiversity of the small family farm. If we are ever going to sell this idea to the Beck-biters, we’d better emphasize the word “family” and avoid the word “diversity” like Chicken McNuggets, because as you suspected, they don’t “process text” very well. It’s visceral… from -the-gut, and it’s just as artificial and engineered as the insides of a factory-farm chicken.
While Joel Salatin of Polyface Farms has not escaped criticism, his message is “green,” and his voice may resonate with the more thoughtful people who identify with the “religious right.” Yes, they do exist, and Salatin who describes himself as a “Christian-libertarian-environmentalist-capitalist farmer” may serve as an example. Reason must somehow find a voice among those who are calling out for a “religious rebirth” among those who are so easily led by blatent opportunists.
The alternative is simply too dark to imagine.