Republicans speak in prose, Democrats in poetry
I suffered eight years of George Bush and many months of Mitt Romney's campaign's words and ads. I may not live to vote again in a presidential election, but I have lived to rejoice President Obama's victory. And I have lived to read a paragraph from an article by Margie Burns in the Dec. 15 edition of The Progressive Populist. It's prose, but in my mind it becomes poetry, to wit:
"The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which spent at least $28 million against Democrats, lost. Karl Rove's American Crossroads, which spent $1 billion against the president and against the Democrats, lost. Karl Rove lost. Grover Norquist lost. Donald Trump lost. Rudy Giuliani lost. Rush Limbaugh lost. Charles Krauthammer lost. George Will lost. Bill O'Reilly lost."
This is poetry in the sense that it lifts my political being to heights that Shakespeare has, Keats has, Yeats has and Hardy has and many other poets have, but on a different plain.
The Republicans speak prose. Democrats speak poetry. At least to my ear and mind that's what I hear.
I except from prose the words of Abe Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt and maybe Eisenhower. But where else does one look for poetry in the works of Republicans. Ah, Coolidge: America's business is business.
Read Jefferson, Madison, and FDR's speeches for the uplift of poetry. Or to the poets of this country. There is little poetry to find elsewhere in politics.
But the words of Margie Burns come to my hearing with the lilt and melody of a song in a dream.
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