Thursday, October 21, 2004


Music Man or Campaign 2004? You Decide.

Picture the Bush presidency as a surreal remake of the classic musical "The Music Man." You remember the story: Con Artist "Professor" Harry Hill uses non-existent threats to a community's morals (pool halls) to talk the town into spending taxpayer money unwisely to enrich Mr. Hill's corporate masters. This, of course, puts the town in deep trouble. However, Mr. Hill marries the Town Librarian (Marion) and reforms his ways. Things are looking grim, but by "thinking music" the town band miraculously succeeds in their struggle to become skilled musicians.

Today, "Perfesser" Dubya does things slightly out of order. Dubya marries the librarian first and then "reforms his ways." Only later does he use non-existent moral threats to the country’s values (Liberals) to gain control. Once in power, Dubya gets the country into deep trouble by enriching his corporate masters at taxpayer expense, then misusing the country's military to invade Iraq. (Did Halliburton ever sell band instruments?)

Even Dubya realizes things are currently looking grim in Iraq. Fortunately, he knows that if we all just “think democracy” the Iraqi people will all march onto Baghdad’s streets on January 30th singing “76 Trombones” while flinging rose petals at our brave soldiers and Marines.

Of course, in the real world, Harry Hill types just con the gullible out of their life savings and leave them in poverty.


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