Ship of Fools

 “The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination”. Albert Einstein

While Chris Christy, New Jersey Governor and human hot air balloon spewed a jingoistic and xenophobic rant laden with patriotic platitudes in Tampa tonight at the Republican Convention in his speech nominating Willard Romney; no-nothing Tea Party acolytes screamed glassy-eyed reverence while sporting tri-cornered hats adored with the American seal, emblazoned with the official symbol of American, the bald eagle.

It’s an iron-clad lock to wager that not one of them know it was the EPA that was responsible for Americas’ bird not becoming extinct; down from 450 pair and endangered in the 1960’s to 4,500 pair in 2007. Ask anyone of them and they’ll disgorge an harangue decrying the immediate abolition of the EPA, along with environmentalists and scientists as well, all in the service of unfettered capitalism, with a particular hatred for and an idiot’s rejection of science.

In 1962 marine biologist Rachael Carson, catalyst for the modern environmental movement, published the classic work “Silent Spring”. The book, which gave birth to the EPA and its banning of DDT in 1972, focused on DDT’s alarming effects on wildlife and it’s longevity in the food chain. Scientists, the scourge of flag waving Christian fundamentalists, blamed the dramatic decline of bald eagles on their consumption of DDT laden pesticides, resulting in production of ultra fragile eggs.

It would fall on deaf ears to tell the pompous and scornful Sarah Palin enamored pasty white party members; those with an IQ of twenty-five and under a mental age of three, of anything as supercilious as facts. To spout reason and empirical knowledge to this crew would be met with a show of their guns and a remedial schooling of the Founders and the virtues of freedom.

Darwin’s study of evolution confirmed we evolved from apes and that we are in fact apes; but for comparing the philosophy being put forward tonight in Tampa, by the masses of intellectually functionally illiterate meat sacks populating that stagnant backwater to that of apes, he would feel compelled to apologize for his insult to the apes. If he could hear the nonsense being broadcast nationwide by this circle of circus clowns; he’d never stop throwing up.

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About circusinpurgatory
Nick Masesso Jr’s fictionalized short stories, poetry and prose have been published in the Starry Night Review, Elegant Thorn Review, Language and Culture.net and Vagabond Press; the Battered Suitcase. His latest book “Armor of Innocence” and first book “Walking the Midway in Purgatory, a Journal” are available on-line and through bookstores.

One Response to Ship of Fools

  1. James Mcfarland says:

    Reality in true for, a 9.2 rating

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