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FDL Late Nite: The Inquisition, What a Show!

Bespectacled Nudnik David Brooks could learn a lot more about what a purge really looks like from Mel Brooks. 

I realize he and his fellow Republicans DLC Democrats think running a primary challenger actually supported by rank-and-file party voters somehow represents a radical totalitarian political philosophy that combines elements of corporatism, authoritarianism, extreme nationalism, militarism, anti-rationalism, anti-anarchism, anti-communism and anti-liberalism.  Pot, kettle.  Projection, much?  Heh.  I guess we’re accused of "anti-liberalism" because we’re too. . . liberal.  Clue for Jonathan Chait:  it’s a fucking blessed primary!  (Note:  reversion to Ned Flanders-speak for the wilting orchids in the audience.)

I’ve always found this bit from Mel Brooks’ History of the World, Part I to be drop dead, laugh out loud hysterically funny.  It still is.  And yet, viewing it afresh today, it leaves me with a new sensation:  a shuddering, sick feeling in the pit of my stomach.  The past is clearly, once again, prologue.  Instead of Torquemada, we now have John Yoo, Don Rumsfeld, George Bush.  We have Gitmo.  We have become the Inquisitors.

Not even Jackie Mason or Shecky Green can make that funny. 

Let’s see the Bespectacled Nudnik write about that

Discussion topic:  if Mel Brooks were to make a sequel, what might it include? 

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