18h UTC; WEDNESDAY, 22 MAY 2013: As school prepares to let out for the summer break in many parts of the country over the next fortnight or so, Your Correspondent can just imagine certain specimens of parents calling their children into the living room ahead of the end of term to explain, not the "facts of life," but the "why and wherefore" behind an insistence on the kids' being out of the house all the more during the summer break from classes, said kids expected to be "out and about" from after breakfast until supper time.

And among the patsies they're likely to bring up throughout will include such stock ones as:
  • "It's not that we don't love you--on the contrary, we DO love you, and care about you."
  • "We just feel you should learn to have fun on your own."
  • "We can't always have the time to be together."
  • "We don't want you needlessly wasting time in front of the TV or the computer when there's lots of good stuff to be had."
  • "There's bound to be times when company could be around the house, and we can't have you disturbing them with your presence."
  • "The community recreation programmes are promoting Bad Ideas that could hurt your mind." (Popular among especially Elmer Gantryite Christians holding homophobic feelings.)
Reinforcing all will be season passes for the local theme and water fun parks ... preloaded (and, as it turns out, reloadable) debit cards to cover allowance ... summer-long bus passes ... and carefully-scripted and -memorised stories to be deployed in certain instances (e.g., in case park staff, mall security or others in authority positions start asking questions about their presence unaccompanied by adult authority, especially in ride queues where height restrictions may apply), including such about nervous disorders, "company coming over," sudden sickness, &c.

Only it turns out that said excuses are really quasi-euphemistic code for parents needing the time to perouse and download child pornography of the crudest and most dangerous sort, and want extremely scrupulous pains taken to avoid attracting suspicions as could eventually reach the police and/or child welfare agencies ... the which, inevitably, backfire when, coming home for supper one evening, a Loud and Chaotic Police Raid ensues as sees the parents arrested for Perousal and Download of Child Pornography. And when questioned by police and child welfare agencies, the kids in question break down and explain the stories behind such demands to be away from the house during the day.

Is this any way to make the most of the summer school break?

Such distortion of the concept of euphemism to explain parental desires for having kids out of the house daytimes during the summer break itself calls to mind how hard-wired a concept conservative ideologues and propagandists must enjoy having of leveraging a supposed "word power" whose aims and ends are those of "winning over hearts and minds" of the Great Unwashed Masses towards the Greater Conservative Agenda and its articles of faith. One which relies heavily on regularly-issued "word/phrase lists" of such terms that the "right-thinking" conservative prolefeeder is expected to deploy all the more towards the Luscious Glory of Reclaiming Our Dear Lovely Nation from Herself Towards a New Golden Age of Industry, Self-Reliance, Personal Responsibility, Thrift based on Cash Economy and a Wholesome and Simple Home Life.

And which, unwittingly, can have coach and horses driven through it to deflate the whole premise and ideal; just witness Jon "Daily Show" Stewart and Stephen Colbert on Comedy Central sometime. Especially where conservative delusions of "word power", one which seems to have been inspired by a long-running Reader's Digest feature in quiz form entitled "It Pays to Increase Your Word Power" (and its Catholic Digest equivalent, "New Words for You"), excuse deliberate contradiction tending to doublethink, said contradictions expected to be kept discreet lest the details become obvious to the point of causing scandal.

Typical specimen of conservative "word power" backfiring to the point of the Inherent Doublethink letting slip: Their belief in Main Street (i.e., small-town/rural AmeriKKKa) being one with the "REAL AmeriKKKa" (i.e., "poor whites" of the lowest sort, expected to be all the more race-conscious as well as fanatically xenophobic, Bible-Believing Christian) ... yet at the same time insisting on Natural Law, Natural Selection, Survival of the Fittest being the dominating and guiding discipline (as in "big-box" retailers such as Walmart taking business away from "Main Street" to the point of being forced to close for want of competitive ability; even worse, many residents of the "REAL AmeriKKKa" so held deeply and dearly are on fixed incomes as cannot afford the round-trip drive of some 60-75 miles to the nearest Walmart, especially with fuel prices being what they are.

So are we to assume, then, that "REAL AmeriKKKa" (as manifested in Main Street) has outlived its viability, not unlike the deacon's one-hoss shay ... and is beyond any hope of rescue as does not involve ekonomesie vryheid met Amerikaanse eienskappe in significant measure?



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