Thursday, November 08, 2012

Today, An Ancient Afghan/Pashtun Saying (Appropriated By The Sicilians) Visits This Blog

For a long time, this blog has had an editorial-cartoonist-in-residence: Tom Tomorrow (Dan Perkins) and 'tis only fitting that this blog have a poet-in-residence: Calvin Trillin. Today, during the examination of the entrails of the 2012 election, our resident poet reflects on the Dumbo/Teabagger effort to suppress the vote of them. Amazingly, the Dumbo/Teabagger vote suppressors across the nation failed in their attempt to subvert the political system. Better than burning in Hell, the Dumbos/Teabaggers will witness the inauguration of the second term of the POTUS 44. May all of the Dumbos/Teabaggers choke on their bile. As the boys in Sicily say it: "La vendetta es una minestra che se mangia fredda." (Translation: "Revenge is a dish best served cold.") The best payback is the one that comes with planning, and that brings the most horrendous pain to the Dumbos/Teabaggers when they are not expecting and are just enjoying the fruits of all the dishonor they brought upon the nation. If this is (fair & balanced) gloating, so be it.

[x The Nation]
By Calvin Trillin

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(A Patriotic Hymn for Republicans)

Despite the fact that incidents of in-person voter fraud in
the United States are exceedingly rare, the GOP has used
the issue to tighten election laws around the country.
—News reports

American children are all taught in school
That voting’s democracy’s most vital tool.
But in the wrong hands all that voting can bring
A little too much of a very good thing.
Yes, too many voters of darker complexion
Can cause the wrong person to win an election.
And college kids mostly are just in a phase
That makes them left wing and supportive of gays.
To us, each of them is a dangerous blighter
Whose voting should wait till he’s older and whiter.
So we put in laws we have reason to think
Will mean that the strength of these voters will shrink.
We shorten the hours, and ask for a lot
Of picture IDs—more than anyone’s got.
Their votes aren’t the votes that the framers intended.
We only regret that the poll tax has ended.
The voting we need in this land of the free
Is voting by people with whom we agree. Ω

[Calvin Trillin began his career as a writer for Time magazine. Since July 2, 1990, as a columnist at The Nation, Trillin has written his weekly "Deadline Poet" column: humorous poems about current events. Trillin has written considerably more pieces for The Nation than any other single person. A native of Kansas City, MO, Trillin received his BA from Yale College in 1957. He served in the army, and then joined Time.]

Copyright © 2012 The Nation

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