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September 24, 2012

Enough of this trite, empty political rhetoric

(Continued)

- Won't be painless - Pretty much the same concept as not uncommon. What is with the apparently irresistible desire to put a negative in front of everything? Why not just say, "I'm taking a long trip," instead of, "I'm taking a trip that won't be short"? Imagine Winston Churchill inspiring a generation with, "I have nothing to offer but a journey that won't be bloodless, won't be free of toil, will not be free of tears, and won't be sweatless." Most of us would have turned off the radio before he got halfway through that mush.

- Patriotic millionaires - I'm calling for a ban on labeling people from any income group patriotic. Because, as most of you know, this is a code phrase. It has nothing to do with love of country. In this case, "patriotic" millionaires are those who support the Obama administration's push to raise taxes on any individual making more than one-fifth of a million.

This is ironic, because this is the party that, when it was out of power, would huffily forbid anyone from "questioning our patriotism" if they opposed a Bush administration initiative, and insisted that "dissent is the highest form of patriotism."

Patriotism doesn't mean agreement with either party. Leave it alone.

- Going forward - As if we had a choice? Yes, I know that the latest Obama re-election slogan is "Forward," and the mantra is that we have to stop Republicans from taking us "backward" to the George W. Bush years. But then, why do they keep dragging Bill Clinton onto TV to shill for Obama and talking about that golden era? That would also be going backward. An army can retreat, but time moves only one way - forward. It's not a choice.

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