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Ron Paul: Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Dark Horse

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Viva la rEVOLution, y’all! (Apologies to Wallace Stevens.)

I
With twenty seconds left
In last Sunday’s Super Bowl,
I decided I was a Giants fan.

II
You were of three minds,
And only three,
McCain and Mitt and Huckabee.

III
Grassroots growing in aught-eight’s autumn winds.
The Dark Horse has no part in scripted pantomimes.

IV
A man and a woman
Are one.
A man and a woman and the Federal Government
Is a really bad idea.

V
I do not know which to prefer:
Absence of HRC’s hysterics
When crap hits national fan,
Or absence of the GOP’s
Pre-anointed man.

VI
Peeking through ‘net windows at
Super Tuesday, almost past.
Shadows cast by Revolution,
Now shortening, now lengthening.
The mood
Remains fierce loyalty
To not entirely quixotic cause.

VII
Oh Nine Eleven Truthers,
Why do you fear the Bilderbergs?

Do you not know I played Bunco
With Rockefeller’s second cousin once?
She seemed Okay.

VIII
I know Wallace Stevens
Wrote these “lucid, inescapable rhythms,”
Paid rent with his insurance company salary.
Dr. Paul’d be cool with that,
So long as it was not an HMO.

IX
Will the Dark Horse ride out of sight?
He still has an edge
In many voters’ circles.

X
At the sight of the Dark Horse
Basking in the limelight
Would the bawds of journalistic perfidy
(FOX and Time and ABC)
Keep it a secret?

XI
His old nemesis today in Connecticut
–Where bedroom towns are left each day for jobs in NYC–
Months ago, fearless Dark Horse
Gave him what-for in a debate
About 911, the war–
–And a reading list, too.

XII
His lips are moving.
A certain Dark Horse opponent must be lying.

XIII
The news outlets say, “No” to Dr. No this afternoon.
They’ll be continuing to do so.
I’ll bet you didn’t know
In Maine,
Paul came in second before McCain.

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About Irene Athena

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  • Irene

    Re:V
    Disclaimer. Not tears, necessarily. More like, martial law.

  • prokofiev

    brautigan?

  • Clavos

    The Poet

    Irene, with much encouragement
    has penned an ode to
    The Dark Horse
    Here, at last,
    On BC.

    And you, gentle reader
    Can see
    She’s a better poet
    than me.

    With which Mr. Stevens
    Would agree.

  • http://drdreadful.blogspot.com Dr Dreadful

    I’d probably better go and read up on Wallace Stevens before I comment on this…

  • STM

    Bloody good effort there Irene. Loved it.

    Are we to see more, and if so, where can I get a Ron Paul door hanger in Australia??

  • http://ruvysroost.blogspot.com Ruvy in Jerusalem

    I agree with Stan (the Silver Surfer, STM, the Aussie with the answers….) Bloody good effort. I didn’t understand it, but then again, I ain’t voting and I’m probably a cultural illiterate, which is just as well.

  • Leslie Bohn

    Unfortunately, Ron Paul publishes not poetry but newsletters. For years, these were full of the worst kind of racism, homophobia and paranoia, Here are some examples; the full text of a bunch of these worthless rags of hate and bile are reprinted there, as well as a full investigative piece about Paul and his racist newsletters.

    These awful, small-minded, un-American Ron Paul Political Reports and Ron Paul Newsletters make him a very poor choice to be President of the United States. Or even, Ms. Irene, the Emporer of Ice Cream.

  • Clavos

    Give it a fucking REST, Leslie!!

    The guy has no chance of being elected anyway.

    Find something else to preach to us about…

  • JustOneMan

    Ron who???

  • http://drdreadful.blogspot.com Dr Dreadful

    Geremy.

    Go back to sleep, JOM…

  • Leslie Bohn

    Hey, Mr. Nails:

    I think there’s a typo in your post. Where you wrote “Leslie,” you surely meant “Irene,” no?

  • http://drdreadful.blogspot.com Dr Dreadful

    Leslie, how old are you?

    Grow up.

  • ricknhouston

    #7 ?” February 8, 2008 @ 11:34AM ?” Leslie Bohn
    Unfortunately, Ron Paul publishes not poetry but newsletters. For years, these were full of the worst kind of racism, homophobia and paranoia, Here are some examples; the full text of a bunch of these worthless rags of hate and bile are reprinted there, as well as a full investigative piece about Paul and his racist newsletters.

    These awful, small-minded, un-American Ron Paul Political Reports and Ron Paul Newsletters make him a very poor choice to be President of the United States. Or even, Ms. Irene, the Emporer of Ice Cream.
    **************************************************

    …and Dahling, they make you an even poored choice as a believable contributor to this dialog. But that’s just me! However, if one were to seriously be interested in surveying the past, or any part thereof, of that candidate presently posing as this month’s “media pick of the week”, let’s say that part about him single-handedly qaushing any and all efforts, forever, of finding out the truth about the status and/or demise of his fellow POW’s that he so gallantly walked away from in VietNam, for example. So much for the theory of “we will never leave one of us behind”. John McCain is as much a traitor and fake as is his bed partner John Kerry! May they both be damned to hell!

  • Baronius

    Leslie, here’s some advice:

    – never respond to wit unwittily
    – don’t waste your effort attacking a candidate with 16 delegates
    – if you’re in the market for a guy, there’s this REMF fellow who is just as capable of staying in a groove as you are; I think you two would hit it off

  • Leslie Bohn

    It’s worth pointing out that the only responses to my comments are, as usual, content-free insults. Not a single commenter has addressed the actual topic.

    I take solace in the fact that I have directed many people to a source of information about a candidate that many may have not encountered. I never heard about the issue until I myself read about it on a blog about a month ago. The dissemination of information about Ron Paul’s racist newsletters via blogging has certainly contributed to his poor showing.

  • Kenny’s Mom

    Irene,
    That was VERY creative :)

  • Clavos

    “The dissemination of information about Ron Paul’s racist newsletters via blogging has certainly contributed to his poor showing.”

    Yeah, right.

    Don’t flatter yourself, sweetie.

  • Leslie Bohn

    Mr. Clavos:

    The flattery was aimed at the blog where I first encountered the story about a month ago. I believe it was FireDogLake.

  • Clint Ballentine

    Ms.Bohn

    Much refute from different angles was provided in the responses to the articles you referenced. Particularly salient #37. While there are also truly juvenile and even racist replies a reading of the responses might be helpful. 1.Blacks in america tend to have a lower level of education than anglos. 2. blacks lack education. While both of these statements have truth to them they differ in scope and due to the truth are not racist but “true” This should be the first approach to evaluating the statements. If it is found that the statements are not true then they become worthy of further investigation.To the degree that they may be found to be true they diminish in importance. Dr. Paul claims he didn’t write them and doesn’t beleive in them. This I would suggest would be the next step in evaluating the statements. The possibility of a smear campaign cannot be disregarded. Anyone following politics has seen an abundance of this over the years. However I would suggest that Ocham’s Razor will alleviate the need to do this tedious research (which the links authors obviously didn’t do)when you consider the ideals of libertarians shared by Dr. Paul as referenced in post #37 replies to your referenced link. As to the lack of substance in the responses of others it is unfortunate human nature to disregard that which you feel unworthy of comment.Energy conservation is built in to all living things.
    W

  • http://ruvysroost.blogspot.com Ruvy in Jerusalem

    Leslie,

    I generally do not like your opinions, but here we share a common stance. Ron Paul’s surface positions are quite nice, and he is the only candidate who is not a member of the Council of Foreign Relations. So, he is the only candidate who might not feel bound by the CFR’s agenda of weakening and destroying my home, Israel. But once you look under the bland surface, the garbage shows up. Which is why I cannot see him as a viable choice for president.

    Though I am an ex-pat, I am a citizen of the United States, and were I to choose to register to vote, I could, for all the good it would do.

    Generally, I tell other Jews that if they care about this country, there are NO good choices for monkey-in-chief in your country, and I tell them to turn the page. But more and more Jews have decided to cut Israel out of their equations for living. So they argue on and on and on, like fools in the country that will soon become their death camp.

    A pity. It’s their loss. In the most literal sense of the word.

  • Irene

    Ruvy, he’s being smeared by the same shills who ran around the ‘net and the press accusing opponents of Neoconservativism of being anti-semites, and the same shills who are running around the net claiming that Ron Paul is using his hefty Presidential war chest to fund the defense of his congressional seat against Chris Peden.

    We didn’t let intimidation stop us then, and we’re not going to let intimidation stop us now. Election day 2008 isn’t the end of the (peaceful) Revolution. Guilt by association, claims that a man who was busy delivering babies in the middle of the night should have been sifting through newsletters (he was in fact attentive enough to fire some of his staff), and ad hominem attacks against myself, are such weak arguments that they need no refutation. They expose the generators for what they are. Replying isn’t a sign of courage or conviction — it’s a waste of my time.

    By the way, in one of your earlier posts you gave me a link to a rabbi discussing Messiah. With the staggered translation, it does take a long time to listen to, but I intend to finish listening. I also expect to have many an underlined comment from you when I write my opinion. If I don’t see you before then, have a good Passover.

  • George Dance

    This is very good.

    May I copy some of it, with credit and a link, to usenet?

  • Irene

    Thankyou, George Dance, but please wait a little while until I hear back from BC. The headliner for the article as it appears on the main BC Politics page says: “Viva la rEVOLution, y’all! With apologies to Wallace Stevens.” This article shouldn’t be published at usenet without giving credit to Wallace Stevens, who wrote the poem upon which the satire is based. I’ve written to BC asking them to help me copy the headliner into the main body of the article–I can’t access it myself anymore, maybe because it has left pending status. (I’m not sure. I’m new at this.)

    So when you see the headliner in the body of the article, giving credit to Wallace Stevens, then it’d be OK to link to it from usenet.

  • Irene

    I should have said “Subhead” instead of “Headliner.”

  • Irene

    OK George Dance, it’s ready. Dave Nalle — I said “be less displeased by” not “inspired.” Thanks:)

  • http://www.republicofdave.com Dave Nalle

    I’m never displeased when we have new material to discuss, Irene.

    Dave

  • George Dance

    Thank you very much. It’s quite hard to find ways to promote Ron Paul in the poetry groups. This poem is worth reading in itself, but if it gets a few more people say “Who?” and do a google, that’ll be a nice bonus.

  • Irene Athena

    I heard Rand Paul’s repreSENTing Rog..
    [sung to the tune of I Saw Mommy kissing Santa Claus]
    …sen’a’tor of HIS Kentucky home.
    There was a smear campaign,
    But this time it was in vain,
    Jack and his aqua-god clap-trap are left out in the rain.

    Wonder what’s in store for Two-Oh-Twelve,
    Yes, I do, and in more ways that ONE…
    I’ll place a door hanger or two,
    It’s the least that I can do,
    Oh! I AM glad that AN R. Paul has won!

    [I’ll go back in my hole now. I just felt something ought to be said.]