Monday, November 8, 2021

Ahistorical Nonsense Is Their Stock-in-Trade

For all their claims to love the past, Conservatives are always shoving history down the Memory Hole.  I've long maintained that the symbol of the GOP should be a mayfly rather than an elephant.  Perhaps the greatest example of this is historian Kevin Kruse's long-standing denouncement of Dinesh D'Souza's revisionist history about the Democratic Party and racism (hint, Democrat and liberal are not synonyms).

The current revisionist history is particularly disgusting... Dennis Prager, who is supposed to be one of the 'smart ones', has a particularly deranged take on the AIDS crisis:

I'm old enough to remember the 1980s, and Prager's assertion that gay men and intravenous drug users were not pariahs is grotesque and mendacious... but grotesquerie and mendaciousness is all thes people have.


Ali Redford said...

Not only that, but I'm aware that in more than one US city, it's against the law to knowingly transmit a deadly disease (HIV/AIDS being the intent though not the phrasing,) and conviction brings prison time. It strikes me as something to think about for people who purposely not only risk their own exposure, but then risk exposing others, and also the ones they then expose. I'm not a lawyer, and I'm not practicing law. I was a court reporter in one such case here in my town; 3 victims reported him, and he pled guilty. It's of public record. It was just awful for all of them.

Ali Redford said...

(I should clarify that in the latter part of my screed, I speak of those who purposely risk their own exposure to COVID-19, and so forth.) sigh