The only remarkable thing about this quote from the novel, Skinny Legs and All by Tom Robbins is that the book was first published in 1990:
Conservatives understand Halloween, liberals only understand Christmas. If you want to control a population, don’t give it social services, give it a scary adversary. Communism might have become a passé bugaboo, but ah, now there were the hobgoblins of terrorism and drugs with which to frighten and subdue the unthinking masses.
Twenty-plus years prior to our current preoccupations with socialist take-overs by an alien POTUS, Mexican drug cartels and Islamofascists, the rubes were already being herded toward the polls with the same prod that the super PACs and their puppet politicians are wielding via the media today. Feelin’ a just a tad Merino, are ya?