This is priceless. Every time I see a story like this, I think of New York Times columnist David Brooks, a man who is almost always wrong, no matter what he's wheedling about. David is the man behind the sociological neologism Bobos, a term that never quite got off the ground because it was mind-numbingly stupid.
David is also the great champion of fly-over country, the home of those solid red-staters, because he insists they have a better understanding of what this country is all about. Jesus, let's pray he keeps his record pure and is wrong again. But things aren't looking good.
Take Oklahoma. Please. According to a story in the Atlantic, beginning in November it will be illegal to wear a T-shirt bearing the names of soldiers who have died in Iraq.
That's right. If a friend of yours is blown into tiny bits in this stupid war, and you put his name on a shirt, you will get arrested for wearing it in OK. OK?
And it gets better. There are apparently similar laws being proposed in other states and in Congress. Hurray! If we don't think about it, maybe it will all go away!
Finally, I begin to see the brilliance of George Bush's long-term strategy. If it's true that terrorists hate us for our freedom, and we give up that freedom, then we'll be safe as eggs.
It's logical, in a stupid David Brooks kind of way. OK!