How’s your annual Christmas canard correspondence doing so far? The GOP’s Christmas canard has already arrived warning the sappy recipient that President Obama is working hard to cancel Christmas this year and, by the way, we’d appreciate a large donation. There’s a whole hunk of easily duped Christians who actually ‘believe’ this crap, but then, they are ‘believers.’ The none-too-bright Rick Perry is running an ad in Iowa warning the oh-so righteous Christian voters there that President Obama supports gays but not prayer in school and is conducting “a war on religion.” Interestingly, someone noted that the jacket he’s wearing is the same one as one of the actors in Brokeback Mountain.
Are Iowan Christians that ignorant? Year after nauseous year, the right-wing pulls out the same duck stew and shoves it down their throats. It ought to be quite rancid by now, but fresh spices mask the rancidity. Perry’s million dollar ad blitz must mean that these Iowans are especially vulnerable to propaganda.
I don’t mean to denigrate the lowly duck by referring to it by its French name. Many people enjoy Canard a l’orange and duck is a Christmas dinner imperative as well in many European cultures. The holiday classic, A Christmas Story, featured duck [as turkey] after the hillbilly neighbors’ dogs ate the family turkey. Apparently their only fault with the duck was its neck.
Yet the etymology of the word canard refers to the duck’s ability to feign injury in order to draw the predator away from the hapless ducklings. The perfect ruse, the perfect political maneuver. How many political canards have we experienced throughout the years? How about we all pick one political canard that continues to be played time after time that, in fact, bamboozles The People, the Low Information Voters?
Go ahead. Only one on the first round.