Tom the Dancing Bug by Ruben Bolling for August 05, 2011
Tom the Dancing Bug by Ruben Bolling Great Moments in American Political Negotiation and Compromise This Week: the Constitutional Convention Philadelphia, 1787 Washington: ...and so, we have two groups with differing opinions on how each state should be represented in the legislature... Washington: Now, these are two reasonable positions, and certainly we can find a compromise... Franklin: Uh, General Washington? Franklin: We've go this other group that thinks representation should be based on each state's population of menstruating opossums. Washington: Well, that's just insane. Franklin: Here's their list. They want all orphanages converted to vomitoriums. Washington: I don't have time for this. They don't have the votes. Man: If we don't get our way, we'll give military secrets to the British! Franklin: That's extortion! You're threatening to harm your own country! Man: What will we do?! Washington: I'll tell you what I'm going to do...! Washington: ...okay, so no roads can be built between New York and Hartford... man: And free ponies for the rich! Job creators need ponies! Franklin: You're triangulating the hell out of this! You're a shoo-in for re-election! Continued at the next DEADLINE
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Oh, jimjam, the quote was regarding “demonizing” not “slamming”—not splitting hairs here. Your politics are worthy of being slammed, but no, not even they rise to the level of demons. The tactics of gross generalizations, when used against you, make you feel somehow victimized, yes? Without your hatred of a presumed enemy, what can you do? What will you do? Slam away, dear lad, slam away!