Lovecraft, and his insight into ancient evil (and Republicans)

    I received an odd letter today from a former Ypsilantian who now finds himself living among the natives of Hawaii. He wanted to let me know about a quote that he’d stumbled across concerning Republicans. The piece, according to him, was penned in 1936, by none other than H.P. Lovecraft, the man behind Cthulhu (think Dick Cheney with tentacles) and the Necronomicon (imagine a compilation of everything ever written by Michelle Malkin and Ann Coulter, translated into Arabic, and with a few incantations thrown in). Here’s the quote:

    “As for the Republicans—how can one regard seriously a frightened, greedy, nostalgic huddle of tradesmen and lucky idlers who shut their eyes to history and science, steel their emotions against decent human sympathy, cling to sordid and provincial ideals exalting sheer acquisitiveness and condoning artificial hardship for the non-materially-shrewd, dwell smugly and sentimentally in a distorted dream-cosmos of outmoded phrases and principles and attitudes based on the bygone agricultural-handicraft world, and revel in (consciously or unconsciously) mendacious assumptions (such as the notion that real liberty is synonymous with the single detail of unrestricted economic license or that a rational planning of resource-distribution would contravene some vague and mystical ‘American heritage’…) utterly contrary to fact and without the slightest foundation in human experience? Intellectually, the Republican idea deserves the tolerance and respect one gives to the dead.”

    Brilliant stuff, isn’t it? I love the phrase, “a frightened, greedy, nostalgic huddle of tradesmen and lucky idlers who shut their eyes to history and science.” It’s almost as though he could see the future. I’d always thought that our Republicans today were a different breed than anything that had walked the earth before, but apparently there were already visible signs in 1936 as to what would come.

    Speaking of shutting their eyes to science, did you read that, except for Mike Castle in Delaware, not one of the 37 Republicans who were in the running for Senate this year believe that global warming is real? The following comes from Think Progress:

    Last week, the Wonk Room published an exclusive analysis of the Republican candidates for the U.S. Senate, finding that only Rep. Mike Castle (R-DE) supported action to fight global warming pollution. That Tuesday, Castle was defeated in his primary by Tea Party candidate Christine O’Donnell, who believes evolution is a myth and opposes stem-cell research. Yesterday, Bill Maher cited that report in a discussion with MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, bemoaning the dominance of anti-science Republicans. After Matthews played a clip of O’Donnell warning in 2007 of “mice with fully functioning human brains” — evidently a mangled reference to a mouse with surgically constructed ear from cow cells grafted onto its back — Maher noted that the “real issue” is the Republican opposition to science:

    MAHER: I don’t know, when I saw all this coverage of the witch stuff, I was laughing yesterday. Because that is not really important to the election. It is just a side show, as you would say. It was funny. I don’t think it should hurt her. It was something she was doing in high school. But when you think this about scientific issues facing this nation, people could be really helped by stem cell research. That’s a real issue. There are 37 Republican candidates for the Senate. Not one believes global warming is real and man made. Except the one, Mike Castle, the guy she defeated in Delaware.

    I haven’t said it in a while, but we’re totally fucked.

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      6 Comments

      1. Brackinald Achery
        Posted September 23, 2010 at 11:44 pm | Permalink

        Now you too can share the thrill-a-minute mindset of jolly old H.P. Lovecraft! Where do I sign?

      2. Kevin
        Posted September 24, 2010 at 7:59 am | Permalink

        Yes we are screwed. But I just wanted to say that I am sitting on the Main Green at Brown–right now! Just down the street from h p lovecrafts’ house! I know it’s irrelevant, but cool still.

      3. Edward
        Posted September 24, 2010 at 8:41 am | Permalink

        Kevin, could you go over and take a picture for us?

      4. K Paulsem
        Posted September 24, 2010 at 9:27 am | Permalink

        Could this possibly be true? Only 1 in 37 Republican candidates for Senate believe in global warming? That can’t be the case, can it? Shouldn’t someone from the press be contacting each of them in order to confirm that? If it is indeed true, it’s terrifying. I don’t see how anyone could vote for a candidate that doesn’t believe in global climate change. It’s like believing the earth is flat.

      5. Aaron
        Posted September 24, 2010 at 12:05 pm | Permalink

        ‎”They are — they are doing that here in the United States. American scientific companies are cross-breeding humans and animals and coming up with mice with fully functioning human brains. So they’re already into this experiment.” – CHRISTINE O’DONNELL

      6. Morning Wood
        Posted September 25, 2010 at 4:23 am | Permalink

        K Paulsem, you missed the rest of the quote. Please go back and read it. Mark Maynard left it out, too.
        Just sayin.

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