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April 9, 2004
By: Kevin Drum

INGLEWOOD vs. AMERICA....Guess what I got with my corn flakes this morning? An LA Times op-ed by Jay Nordlinger scolding the people of Inglewood for turning down the chance to have a Wal-Mart plopped down in the middle of their city. Here's the highlight:

Wal-Mart is gloriously, unashamedly, star-spangledly American. I hope it's not too McCarthyite to suggest that those who despise Wal-Mart are the very ones who may not be so crazy about the United States tout court.

Don't you just love conservatives? Singing the praises of Wal-Mart is apparently a bit of stretch even for Nordlinger it's nonunionized! its investors have made tidy sums! so instead he resorts to the conservatives' favorite trope: anyone who hates Wal-Mart hates America.

It's a good sign of a bankrupt argument and a bankrupt movement when even a disagreement over payscales in a retail store descends into rote accusations of anti-Americanism. Unfortunately, this has become so commonplace that it's no longer fair to call this kind of demagoguery McCarthyism. That's unfair to McCarthyites.

Welcome to the modern face of American conservatism.

Kevin Drum 12:15 PM Permalink | Trackbacks

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