"Those who do not recall the past are condemned to repeat it."
--George Santayana

15h UTC; SATURDAY, 21 SEPTEMBER 2013: Reader, there DOES happen to be Historical and Political Significance inherent in the image as leads off this post today: Believed to be the first political cartoon in the modern sense, though crude and primitive, such appeared on the front page of The (New York) World of October 30, 1884 in the wake of Republican Presidential candidate James G. Blaine's hosting a rather lavish dinner the day previous at Delmonico's, still one of New York's more elegant restaurants, in the company of business, financial and industrial elites. And this just hours after charging that the Democrats (whose Presidential candidate that year was Grover Cleveland) were "the party of rum, Romanism and rebellion" at a public rally in New York, as if seeking to further divide the working-class vote.

This on top of attempts by the two leading humour magazines of the day, Puck (as leaned Democratic) and Judge (as leaned Republican), to mock both Presidential candidates through the medium of humour; Puck, for its part, using the "Tattooed Man" device to skewer Blaine's involvement in the "Mulligan Letters" scandal and Judge playing on claims that Cleveland sired a bastard daughter, prompting Blaine supporters to chant "Ma, Ma, where's my pa?/Gone to the White House, ha, ha, ha!" at mass rallies.

In any event, such may have been enough to win the Presidency for Cleveland, as some historians have suggested.

Fast forward 129 years, via the Facebook page entitled "Baby Boomers and Senior Citizens against Republicans and the Tea Party:"
In July 2011, Paul Ryan (R-WI) was spotted at an expensive Capitol Hill bistro drinking two bottles of $350 wine with two conservative economist friends. While he lives high off the hog, he wants to make cuts to food stamps, Social Security and Medicare. Even more astounding, this hypocrite is thinking about running for President in 2016.
Seeing that item in Facebook recalled in Your Correspondent Blaine's infamous exercise in hypocrisy, which ought serve as a Lesson and Warning from History.

As if such weren't enough, the notion House Speaker John Boehner hath about "the AmeriKKKan People have spoken" in the House of Reprehensibles approving stopgap Federal Government funding as (theoretically) defunds Obamacare's provisions in the name of "protecting AmeriKKKan families, AmeriKKKan business and AmeriKKKan jobs" (yeah, right)  is enough to wonder if Boehner's idea of "the AmeriKKKan People" is the same as the conservative prolefeed ideal of the "REAL AmeriKKKan"--as in poor white, rural or small-town (especially if trying to avoid being seen as a "culturally-deprived environment"), undereducated to the extent of having few or no marketable job/career skills, a hard-wired "Bible-Believing Christian" of the sort insisting that the Clear and Present Imminence of the End Times takes precedence over all else expected of the "Good Christian" (never mind what such thinking did to a certain [pseudo]religious radio network when calculations as to Armageddon's onset a couple years back turned out being inaccurate, even after a later "revision" thereof), fanatically jingoistic, xenophobic even, not to mention too overly race-conscious for his own good.

Not to mention wanting to use the "cultural heritage and folkways" defence and canard to excuse all manner of politically-incorrect displays of "White culture" as diets heavy on HFSS foods, smorking, drinking beer, telling tastelessly obscene jokes and stories in "mancave" scenarios, condoning the wasteful and extravagant as "Wise Use" and seeing in the "music shows" down Branson way the ideal "defining standard" of Amerikanischer Realkultur. As well as the lack of job opportunities across this "REAL AmeriKKKan" Arcadia forcing the young to move to the city, disregarding traditional warnings thus held about the threat of Moral Corruption and Exploitation in seeking work without "healthy role models" helping things along.

Have we no shame for ourselves as a People and Nation to blindly subscribe to such thinking, fearing that any challenge to the status quo can be enough to send one to the state asylum?

(Before we go, then, perhaps it might be best to throw in "the Tattooed Man" device Puck used against Blaine in perhaps its most scandalous cartoon of that theme--"Phryne Before the Chicago Tribunal", as published in its June 4, 1884 issue, which, it turned out, preceded the Republican Party's convention in Cincinnati; Whitelaw Reid, then-editor of the New York Tribune, is seen pulling the robes off Blaine and remarking to the audience "Now, Gentlemen, don't make any mistake in your decision! Purity and Magnetism--can't be beat!"):

In the immortal words of the late John Cameron Swayze
as concluded every broadcast
of the Camel News Caravan (NBC-TV, 1949-1956),
"That's the story; glad we could get together ..."


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