The following comments are for "Political Stumping" by hazelfaern
Stroking Their Members
Thanks, Pen. To some extent the haiku (or is it serenyu because it's about people not nature? I'm not entirely clear on that difference) was inspired by the frequent phrase "rallying of base" which is essentially where current US politics is stuck, frustratingly enough. The contender field has been reduced to Kerry and Bush, two candidates for the looming election who will surely continue their election platforms based on ridiculous, seemingly apolitical plattitudes -- "Kerry served his time!" and "You wouldn't want to change a horse in midstream!" (with ludicrous echoes of "Wag the Dog" pinwheeling behind the words) Where is the discussion of policy? Off playing poker with lobbyists, Wall Street brokers, Texas oil monopolies and pollsters. The country is split 50/50 between Democrat and Republican voters, while the majority of eligible voters (over 60% unregistered and non-aligned) keep trying to hit the disconnect button so they can go back to their regular programming of "SpongeBob SquarePants".
The tendency is more towards hyping up the already committed so they won't forget to turn out on election day, rather than trying to re-unite this divided country, cool the flaming accusations of conspiracy and heal the damage resulting from the earlier Floridian ballot debacle.
Posted by: hazelfaern [Member] On: March 15, 2004
This one is right on and once they get in they blame the rest for not doing what they said they would.
Posted by: chapter1 [Member] On: March 15, 2004
When I first read this, I got an alternate meaning of that last line that made me howl with laughter. I know, I know, I'm a bad boy.