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Yuletide in the Ozarks: Sycophancy and the Waltons

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"It seems a shame," the Walrus said,
"To play them such a trick,
After we've brought them out so far,
And made them trot so quick!"
The Carpenter said nothing but
"The butter's spread too thick!" - The Walrus and The Carpenter, Lewis Carroll (from Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There, 1872)

Ah, it’s the perfect way to end the year, with the citizens of Northwest Arkansas turning on Fayetteville City Attorney Kit Williams for having the bad taste to suggest to suggest that Fayetteville should have primacy where the Walton Arts Center is concerned.

From editorial writers to concerned letter to the editor scribes to elected officials, everyone seems to be piling into the Express Line like shoppers on Christmas Eve to proclaim their support for the Walton family for - well, just for being, actually.

This is what happens when revisionist history takes hold. People get to make up things out of whole cloth, which is pretty much what everybody in the Express Line is doing right now. They are turning themselves into intellectual pretzels to in order to pretend that Kit Williams is not only wrong, but that any other version of the WAC history but the one presented by the current board is the correct one.

They don’t even want to debate the issue. They just want Williams and his unpleasant little history to quietly go away.

Nothing to see here, folks. Everyone just move along, now.

What is particularly shameful in all of this is the site of elected officials who can’t even respect their own constituents enough to learn the history of their own community, and who patronize the voters by pretending that none of it actually matters.

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Then again . . .

Did anyone expect the University of Arkansas to even dare to come down on the opposite side of an issue from the Waltons? Their lack of support for Williams was about as surprising as the “decision” to build the uber-Arts Center in Bentonville.

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Quote of the Day

Just as iron rusts from disuse, even so does inaction spoil the intellect. - Leonardo Da Vinci

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