by Anniel 11/30/16
I have been thinking about all of the famous political images and slogans, both pro and con, I can remember, even some of those before my lifetime. I remembered “Tippecanoe and Tyler Too” which would take a lot of explaining to those who have lost all sense of history. My son did know who William Henry Harrison, John Tyler and Tecumsah were, where Tippecanoe was fought and the results. But he loves History and lives in Indiana.
So I set my sights on more current Historical memory. Things like “I Like Ike”; “A Chicken in Every Pot”; “We Have Nothing to Fear But Fear Itself.”
“I Am Not a Crook.” “A Day That Will Live in Infamy”. “The Buck Stops Here”. “Hoovervilles”. “We’ll have to read it to see what’s in it.” “Hope and Change.” “If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor.” “Make America Great Again.”
Then I realized how many people were saved or destroyed politically by events beyond their control. What people believed about them, and said about them. Their very names, or nicknames, were an asset, or not.
“First in War, First in Peace, First in the Hearts of His Countrymen.” “Honest Abe”, “Silent Cal”, “Tricky Dick”, “Give ‘Em Hell, Harry”. “Mario the Pious.” And those in the age of TV who were destroyed by visuals, like Goldwater.
But by far the worst were of the liars, like Kerry’s speeches that led to his being “Swiftboated.” And his claims to having thrown his service medals over the White House fence. He put in his own recommendations for his Purple Heart and other honors. People were not so easily swayed by him then.
Howard Dean’s Scream comes to mind here, as does Pat Nixon’s “Republican Cloth Coat.” Nancy Reagan’s White House China. And we always have “Borking” and “Grubarizing.” There’s the attempted “High tech lynching” of Clarence Thomas, which continues to this day. And I love the “Nattering Nabobs of Negativism” of the MSM.
But the very worst political blunder in recent memory was when Hillary Clinton shot her mouth and her own foot off in such a public manner.
Especially with all her past baggage, her e-mails and her “Pay for Play” for the Clinton Foundation on the line. Her backing has been by George Soros. That was when I felt a Limerick coming on:
HILLARY DEMANDS A RECOUNT
A lying woman so despicable
She called the voters all deplorable.
They voted clean basketfuls,
While she used dead casketfuls.
Are those Soros dollars defundable?
She disgraced herself and her campaign all by herself, no matter who else she tries to blame. • (362 views)