Rock of Ages

Schoolhouse Rock was a defining cultural moment for a generation: Thousands of kids that schools had failed to reach were suddenly aware of nouns, times tables and American history.

So it’s not surprising to see it used to describe modern situations, as in “I’m Just A (Stimulus) Bill”. Ruth Anne at The Maternal Optimist links to one of the second revival’s songs, Tyrannosaurus Debt. (The first and best run was from ‘73-’79, and the series was revived in the ’80s, briefly, to get some computer stuff in there, and then again in the ’90s for a money series. None caught fire like the original.)

On a related note, Blossom Dearie, who sang “Figure Eight” and “Adjectives” died last week at the age of 82.

Lileks reminisces on Reagan, whom the left is trying to blame all our current ills on, so they can–well, you know, take all the money and run the show. That’s the goal, right?

Reagan was worse than stupid – he was conspicuously indifferent to our futures. It was generally accepted that he either wanted a nuclear war or was too dim to understand the consequences. It went without saying that he didn’t read Schell’s “Fate of the Earth.” It went without saying that he didn’t read anything at all.

Remember kids, Republicans are either stupid or evil: Ike (Stupid), Nixon (Evil), Ford (Stupid), Reagan (Stupid), GHW Bush (Evil), GW Bush (Stupid). This narrative hasn’t changed in my father’s lifetime, much less my own. And it probably goes back to the 19th century, though not so one-sidedly as it has in the past 80 years.

Finally, Clarendon at the New Pamplheteers (h/t Instapundit) writes a little bit about the history of the Boston Tea Party and what those who would co-opt those historical giants should know about how that event came about.

We live in intersting times.

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