Thursday, August 16, 2012


“Jazz came to America three hundred years ago in chains.”
Paul Whiteman

“Let the ruling classes tremble at a communist revolution. The proletarians have nothing to lose but their chains. They have a world to win. Workingmen of all countries, unite!”
Karl Marx


Joe Biden didn’t mean anything racist when he feigned a Southern accent to tell his black and white audience that Romney and Ryan would put them (and, yes, most of us) into chains.

The purpose of this metaphor was to elucidate, not to insult or race bait.

But Republicans, at least those who are not noodlers, had their slimy lines and sharpened hooks out, hungrily ready to fasten onto this latest fish of opportunity in order to lambaste poor Joe Biden.  

The word back was the most likely hair trigger that fired up the Republican reactionaries, and gave them ammunition to load their own righteous and hypocritical guns to fire back at Mr. Biden. 

 (I know that I have just mixed the fish hook metaphor with a gun metaphor, and I am sorry.) 

Furthermore, this century is rather a mess, so we should forgive Joe for being in the wrong century. 

 After all, we’ve spent most of our lives living in the twentieth century, and not the twenty-first.  Morally speaking, it sometimes seems as if we’re still dwelling in number twenty, or perhaps zero.

Anyway, using a cute, little white board, and himself dressed in casual clothing, Romney tried to eschew wonkiness (and wordiness and factuality), and depicted his (and Ryan’s?) plans for Medicare. 

Talk about small-mindedness. 

 And untruthfulness! 

It was so non-Presidential to see this white board, and Professor Romney standing in front of it.

 This was Mitt Romney’s wonkiest moment yet.

Then came a question about taxes, and Dr. Romney buried the ax (or so he might think), and said that this concern about his taxes was an example of small-mindedness. 


Romney’s white board is not as effective as an Etch A Sketch.  

He needs to go back to the drawing board---or start using one for the first time---

And both he and Ryan had best keep clear of lie detector machines!


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