HARVARD SQUARE COMMENTARY

December 10, 2007
Potpourri

Ernest Cassara


The Presidential Nomination Race

Lord help us, since we have to put up for a year with preening politicians seeking our favor.

And, the silliest damn items regularly appear.  One of the latest: Barack Obama, among the Democrats, had an ambition to be president of the United States in kindergarten. We, apparently, are supposed to cluck cluck at this, but, I seem to remember that in my day, at least, we were told from the earliest school years that we all could grow up to be president!


Ron Paul on the Internet

Republican Ron Paul, we are told, has raised an enormous among of money on the Internet.  Now, generally speaking, the media would consider him the front runner, since, with that crowd, money talks!  But, not so!  Is Representative Paul not handsome enough to be president?

I don’t know much about the gentleman, but I have heard him say something that makes great sense, i.e., that we should not go around the world telling others how to live.  He insists that this does not make him an isolationist.


Willard Flip Flop Romney

Well, now.  Willard is spending much time explaining why his positions on such subjects as abortion have changed.  (He’s now agin it!)  Of course, he won the governorship in liberal Massachusetts for positions he now eschews!

Will never forget his debate with his Democratic opponent Shannon O’Brien.  At one point, he was so exasperating, that she sighed!  Now, that sigh was held against her!  I recall that I sighed in unison with her at one of Romney’s answers. 

Actually, Ms. O’Brien was a pioneer: a woman running for the governorship!

By the way, the press discovered that the company that takes care of the grounds at Romney’s mansion had “illegal” immigrants in its crew.  When this was revealed, Willard fired the company!


The IRS and Republican Foolishness

A sure applause line at Republican gatherings is the promise to abolish the IRS.  Instead, a universal sales tax would take the place of the income tax.  Think about it.  The poor would be paying as much as the Republican fat cats.

It has not been explained, of course, what government agency would collect the tax.  I suggest it be named the Internal Revenue Service.  Yes, the IRS!


The Bible and Republicans

I imagine that because one of the Republicans running for the nomination of their party, is a former Baptist minister, it was asked at one of the “debates,” what the contestants thought of the Bible.  Of course, they all insisted that the collection of books, written over many centuries, is the “word of God.” 

Assuming that a particular candidate has read through the collection, including the barbarity of such as the Book of Judges, he would be bound to say that it is the word of God.  Honesty would certainly not pay!

And, in the case of Revelations, I am with Martin Luther, who said the trouble with Revelations is that it does not reveal!


Crooks Abound on the Internet

I have never used “Pay Pal,” nor have I ever even checked to see what “e-bay” is all about.  This fact, however, does not keep shysters from sending me e-mails informing me that there is a problem with my account.  E-mails, needless to say, which are deleted, not opened.


The Supremes and the Second Amendment

It will be more than interesting to see how the Supreme Court deals with a case that it has accepted to consider on the meaning of the Second Amendment.  They are going to have to do some fancy footwork to justify the owning of guns by the citizenry.  The amendment, if the English language means anything, ties gun ownership to the necessity of maintaining a militia.  It was the product of an idyllic day, when it was hoped against hope by the Founding Fathers that the U.S.A. would never have a standing army!


Choice Quotes!

“I swear, if I wake up one morning and Rudy Giuliani is president, I’m moving to Canada. Northern Canada.” - Donald Kaul, 11/15.
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“. . . none have won the strong support Bush captured in the 2000 campaign, when he named Jesus Christ as his ‘favorite political philosopher’ during a debate.” - Clarence Page, 11/11.
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“This is what the war on terror has come to mean.  It is an attempt to create a universal empire that exists only in the American imagination, by an effort that, because its aim is impossible to achieve, is unlimited in the damage it could do to Americans and others.” - William Pfaff, 11/1.
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“Mark Crispin Miller, the author of The Bush Dyslexicon, once made a striking observation: all of the famous Bush malapropisms - ‘I know how hard it is for you to put food on your family,’ and so on - have involved occasions when Bush was trying to sound caring and compassionate.

“By contrast, Bush is articulate and even grammatical when he talks about punishing people; that’s when he’s speaking from the heart. . . .

“What’s happening, presumably, is that modern movement conservatism attracts a certain personality type.  If you identify with the downtrodden, even a little, you don’t belong.  If you think ridicule is an appropriate response to other peoples’ woes, you fit right in.” - Paul Krugman, 10/5.


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