Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Dream Debate (What Mitt should have said)

There you go again, I thought, watching with dismay as Romney blinked and blanched before the scolding finger of Obama. Hadn't he anticipated this? Did he and his team of dolts think it was going to be another cakewalk like the first encounter? Is that all it takes to throw this clod out of countenance? Idiot! Then later that night as I drifted off to sleep, I thought I was seeing another debate, so similar and yet so different, too . . . 

"Governor Romney's says he's got a five-point plan?" he asked, a hint of mocking disbelief in his voice. "Governor Romney doesn't have a five-point plan. He has a one-point plan. And that plan is to make sure that folks at the top play by a different set of rules. That's been his philosophy in the private sector, that's been his philosophy as governor, that's been his philosophy as a presidential candidate." 

Well, Mr. Obama, since you've brought up the subject, let's look into my "philosophy." My philosophy is premised on a belief in individual initiative, in creative thinking and reward tied to merit, - above all in the freedom that allows these elements to thrive. It's the same philosophy that our Founding Fathers believed in when they started this great nation. Your philosophy, contrarily,  favors the confiscation of the rewards of hard work and risk under the euphemism of "redistribution," the stifling of innovation by over-regulating the market place, and above all in shackling the invisible hand of free enterprise to the dead hand of government fiat. In a word, it's called socialism and it's destroying our country.

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"The suggestion that anybody in my team, whether the secretary of state, our U.N. ambassador, anybody on my team would play politics or mislead when we've lost four of our own, governor, is offensive," Obama said, a severe look in his eyes. "That's not what we do. That's not what I do as president, that's not what I do as commander-in-chief."

I'm not accountable to Mr. Obama's sensitivities, but generally, experience has taught me that what some people find most offensive is often what others find most true. And just for the record, Mr. President, when I read that as a senator you voted against a bill to outlaw the murder of a child born prematurely during an abortion, any abhorrence I might have felt for what you find offensive vanished down the tubes forever. But to the point: if you, Mr. President, can persuade me and the majority of Americans now watching, that you have not tried to mislead the country, while for the last four weeks we have painfully watched as you, your Secretary of State and her underling Susan Rice, and your own press secretary Carney, all repeatedly tried to hang this tragedy around the neck of some misguided amateur filmmaker, then all I can say is maybe you really can walk on water. But from where I'm sitting, you're skating on pretty thin ice.  

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"Look at the transcript." 
I am looking at the transcript, sir. You may have used the word "terror" in a generic sense, but there's no indication in any transcript that you believed that the Benghazi disaster was what in fact your own intelligence service, indeed our own heroic consul, knew it was, i.e., a pre-planned, and therefore unanticipated-by-you, attack against the U.S.  And Ms. Clinton down in Peru may be doing her best to cover for you, sir, but her own damning transcript of four years ago seems to me to sum it up perfectly: that when that dire 3 A.M. call came in to your White House from Benghazi, neither you nor she was there to take it.

"[gasp from audience after Rom rebukes prez for interrupting him]"
Evidently there are some people here tonight who still believe that, well, to be circumspectly circumlocutionary, your eliminatory depositions are entirely free of any adverse olfactory effect, Mr. Obama. Well, - would you believe it? - I'm not one of them.
"Huh? Speak English, please!"
OK, at your insistence, Mr. President: they think your shit don't smell. [Gasp from audience.] But it does. It absolutely reeks, it stinks like hell from one end of the country to the other. It's making us gag. The economy, the border, Benghazi, Obamacare: it's all your shit, sir, and it's high time for a different kind of deposition. Yours! Under you, America is going down the drain, sir, and I'm not going to let that happen. You've been sitting on that throne in your oval office almost four years, sir, and you're long overdue for a flush. And come November, I'll be pulling the lever and opening up the windows. Get ready for the ultimate dump. Sir!

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Cover Girl

I did it, quoth the lady,
Blame it all on me;
Benghazi was a fiasco,
But my make-up's a catastrophe!

photo from Le Monde