Sunday, May 3, 2009

Swines, Lipstick and the GOP

Who doesn't recall that faux-flap that the McCain campaign attempted to foist on the electorate regarding porcine cosmetics? Actually the pig has gotten the bad rap amongst humans for eons from today's Swine Flu through its 'abomination' in the Bible. I read that swine have quite a high brain to body mass ratio, indicating that it is much 'closer' to our intellectual equal than cows and, of course, chickens.

Further, the pig has given doctors the opportunity to transplant its organs and tissue directly into humans, perhaps indicating that our DNA and theirs is much more similar than we [or they] want to admit.

Which child of the 40's cannot forget Porky Pig cartoons- that lovable speech-impaired swine and which child of the 70's did not similarly fall in love with Miss Piggy, the diva of The Muppet Show?

Yet, no matter how cute we make them, they do, in fact, stink as anyone who ever visited a pig farm will attest. Been there, smelled that during my masters studies down in Yellow Springs. I was thrown out of the dorm barracks upon returning from a 3-hour stint on a pig farm.

Enter the GOP. Sorry for the sudden shift. I just found this headline on CNN: "Republicans kick off campaign to shine party image." Hopefully you understand how this headline fits with my essay on swine.

ARLINGTON, Virginia (CNN) -- Three prominent GOP leaders kicked off a campaign Saturday to reshape their party's image, gathering at a restaurant in northern Virginia for the first of a series of town hall meetings. The goal of the initiative, called the National Council for a New America, is to connect Republican leaders with voters across the country to help get the party's electoral fortunes back on track.

Back on track , they said. Lipstick or real change? Another attempt to bamboozle the electorate or a serious examination of their tent?

In another CNN article, Meghan McCain said the GOP is going to have to become more inclusive if it wants to rebuild. “I just wish that moderates like myself — more moderate Republicans and more socially liberal Republicans — weren’t looked at as, ‘Get rid of the dirty moderates. Get rid of them,’” the 24-year-old told CNN affiliate KTAR radio in a joint interview with her father.

“We need to be an inclusive party. We need to be an umbrella party. We need to inspire 20-somethings, which is something the Obama campaign did very well,” she said.

Well, yes, of course, but how will her voice be heard over the rough and tough voices of the far-right- those angry white men who love to hate in order to feel better about themselves? I'm not sure that they want any advise from a young female. They want the country to become more like them. And, damn it, they've got the guns!

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