Let every American, every lover of liberty, every well wisher to his posterity, swear by the blood of the Revolution, never to violate in the least particular, the laws of the country; and never to tolerate their violation by others.

As the patriots of seventy-six did to the support of the Declaration of Independence, so to the support of the Constitution and Laws, let every American pledge his life, his property, and his sacred honor; let every man remember that to violate the law, is to trample on the blood of his father, and to tear the charter of his own, and his children's liberty.

Let reverence for the laws, be breathed by every American mother, to the lisping babe, that prattles on her lap; let it be taught in schools, in seminaries, and in colleges; let it be written in Primers, spelling books, and in Almanacs; let it be preached from the pulpit, proclaimed in legislative halls, and enforced in courts of justice. And, in short, let it become the political religion of the nation; and Let the old and the young, the rich and the poor, the grave and the gay, of all sexes and tongues, and colors and conditions, sacrifice unceasingly upon its altars.

While ever a state of feeling, such as this, shall universally, or even, very generally prevail throughout the nation, vain will be every effort, and fruitless every attempt, to subvert our national freedom.


- Abraham Lincoln, January 27, 1838
  Address Before the Young Men's Lyceum of Springfield, Illinois

Friday, May 11, 2007

Manufacturing a Reagan

If the Democratic party were just a little more clever - inventive - they would realize that the answer to all of this Reagan worship is to create a Reagan of their own. If you build it, they will come. And if it can act, it will leave a mystique.

Come on - how easy would this be to pull off? Easy... and fun! Done right, it could also be wildly entertaining, while politically feasible.

First, find an actor that everyone admires. Someone tough, but good looking. Suave, a great talker, able to flash a winning smile -- and someone with 'Gipper' name recognition. With a good percentage of Hollywood at their disposal, surely the Dems can find a good candidate to run.

Now as we've seen with Bush Jr., this candidate doesn't have to know anything about politics or be adept at making decisions -- he (I'll explain in a minute why the candidate must be male,) doesn't have to know anything about the job. He's just a figurehead. Someone for the people to 'trust.' Someone the people will 'like.' Better still, someone the people will vote for.

The real power will be vested in whoever slips un-noticed into the power seat (real lawmaker this time) as the running mate. As with Cheney, this person won't be allowed out very often, but will spend all of his or her time undoing the damage created by the Bush Administration, then solving Climate Change, rebuilding our schools, creating a public healthcare system - you get the picture. Its a full time job... but so is talking for the camera. The actor will take care of the media.

Considering that most of the voters in this country are now women, I think George Clooney would be perfect for the 'Reagan' roll. I haven't decided if he has the raw machismo for this - the Dems may want to go with Clint Eastwood instead - but after all, he was voted number 3 of the 10 "Top Sexiest Men" in People magazine, 2003. I think Clooney is the guy.

By the way... the fact that most voters are now women is also, sadly, the reason the Dems can't pick a female actress for this role. Alas, for some reason, women don't vote for women. I haven't figured this one out yet, but it seems to be related to the way women obsess and worry about their appearance when other women may be present to judge them. Other women are the competition; the president is supposed to be either 'daddy,' or someone they view as 'presidential.' Women love the idea of a woman president, but when it comes to actually voting for one, they don't follow through. You also can't forget the great number of worried, sexually insecure male voters out there - we need their votes too. The Dems had best go with Clooney if they want to be assured of victory. As the GOP will tell you, its all about winning. Can't make the mystique until you get elected.

Clooney can speak clearly and succinctly, can demonstrate that he has intelligence, and he even follows current events. He can flash a winning smile - and women fall all over themselves to get near him.

Has he played any very famous 'Gipper-esque' roles with ready-made sound bites that can be replayed, over and over again, in the media? Well, not sure the Ocean's 11, 12 and 13 really count, but everybody knows who he is. And everyone will believe he 'knows about Middle Eastern affairs,' because he made Syrianna and Three Kings.

An added plus: he played a doctor on ER. Beat that, Fred Thompson!

Now for the second person on the ticket, the real mover and shaker in the administration. While Clooney is out front giving the dramatic, moving speeches, kissing babies and charming the pants off the media, we can slip Dennis Kucinich onto the ticket as his running mate. Imagine how this will frighten the neocons... and yet, what can they do? How can they beat a cheerful, funny, good-looking guy like Clooney? Have you seen the guys they ran out there for the GOP debate?

Once elected, Kucinich (and Clooney of course - the man does have a brain and something even stranger, a conscience) will bring in a cabinet of brilliant strategists and matinée idols from both sides of the aisle. This will unite the nation into a state of media-idol "shock and awe." The Dems can gleefully fill the administration with people like Clint Eastwood, Martin Sheen, Sean Penn, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Bill Moyers, Leonardo DiCaprio, the Dixie Chicks, oh what the heck... Chuck Hagel (R-NE) - real politician - and Russ Feingold (D-WI), and of course Barbara Streisand. Maybe even Oprah! They also shouldn't forget John Edwards and Barack Obama - they've earned it. And a nice position for Senator Richard Lugar (R-IN) - he's a good guy.

Maybe they can even create a new position for Arlen Specter, perhaps called 'Grumpy Defender of the Constitution.' Specter proved repeatedly that he had the cajones to stand up to Cheney and the rest of the GOP when it came to defending the Bill of Rights, so he should be rewarded - whether he likes it or not!

And if the Dems want to have a little fun with the now horrified neocons, they can make Jon Stewart or Stephen Colbert the new Press Secretary (Stephen did audition for the job.) They can also - while stifling giggles - appoint Michael Moore to head up the FDA, and put RFK Jr. (or the Goracle himself) in charge of the EPA.

Ellen Degeneres can take over FEMA (she's from New Orleans: guess who'll be getting new levees?) Judge Judy would be a shoe-in to replace Alberto Gonzales at the helm of the In-Justice Department. At last... someone would actually know - and remember - what is going on over there.

And for their ultimate neocon-slapdown... Cindy Sheehan, Secretary of Defense!

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