Ritual Allocation Of Blame

Ever get the feeling that American politics are no longer even somewhat concerned with governing, or with defending the Constitution and the Nation, as much as with a sort of ritual allocation of blame?

Yesterday I thought aloud on Twitter, “Is there a German word for ritual allocation of blame? If not, there darn well should be,” which prompted the response, “I think the German word for that would be anklagenden.”

Aha! Very close:adj. accusatory, placing blame, expressing accusation, accusing, importunate, inculpatory, in a manner of placing blame.” The only thing that’s missing is the ritual element.

And so, I give you “Anklagenden Kabuki.” It’s a band name, a dessert topping, and a floor wax.



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