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The Ballad of the In-Denial Republicans or: How Can You Stay at a Party You Haven’t Even Been Invited To In The First Place?

English: Sigmund Freud

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Let’s hear it for our gay and black Republican friends

And Republican women – who all must do logical bends

To rationalize why they’re part of – alas –

A party who treats them like they’re second-class

Give it up for these Republican step-children

Blacks, women, and gays – it’s bewilderin’

That they’re part of this party of white men

This party run by some real not too bright men

I’m not sure even Sigmund could tell ‘em

What goes on in their own cerebellum

Do you all feel a deep need for self-flagellation?

That you’re part of this bunch defies imagination

Is it maybe you all have the Syndrome Stockholm-y

“Please kick me again all around the block homie?”

Have you divined Republicans are all for minorities

And your needs are all future Republican priorities?

They’ve given no evidence this is the case

To the contrary mostly they’ve spat in your face

Maybe Freud could figure out why you would stay

In a party that treats you in this shoddy way

Are you each every one of you so many masochists

To keep absorbing the blows from all their impassive fists?

What allows you to be treated as if you’re the dregs

To be wiped off like something that runs down their legs?

Are you so out to lunch while in such denial

To be loyal while so dissed by the right rank and file

Do you really believe that one day you’ll be

A fully fledged member of this closed fraternity

( Bachmann and Palin and Coulter and such

Aren’t real women – they’re real out-of-touch

With women today and what real women need

It’s never been truer –that only women bleed)

If you’re a woman, and/or black or you’re gay

How can you let yourself be treated this way

Denied basic rights – denied any say

Denied your humanity –and yet you stay?

What goes on in your heads that allows disconnection

From all that you see upon any inspection

From any sane answer to any sane question

Or is asking a question too daft a suggestion?

And better to just keep your head in the sand

Pretending Republicans do understand

How you must feel inside when dismissed so outright

By this party which might’ve once sent you out an invite

But has since become hijacked by our own Taliban

Pious and rigid and mean-spirited to a man

Unyielding to any not made in their image

And locked up in their sanctimonious scrimmage

With science, or fact, or nature, and worse

None of it matters – just chapter and verse

So help me make sense of why you still insist

On staying at this party – I can promise you this

The clock’s tolling midnight – there’s no prince’s kiss

Leave now, don’t worry – just your vote will be missed.



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35 thoughts on “The Ballad of the In-Denial Republicans or: How Can You Stay at a Party You Haven’t Even Been Invited To In The First Place?

  1. The last line really sums it up. I’m glad I’m not alone in the confusion. Well done.


    Posted by lorrelee1970 | February 29, 2012, 4:31 pm
  2. Tony, you’ve made some wonderful points, but I’d like to also add this in response to some of Tom’s 2/22 comments: Tom, tellingly, you haven’t addressed the organized oppression that already exists in our society, which would run rampant in the system of government you say you want.

    Your personal willingness to assist others doesn’t help oppressed family farmers who want to grow non-GMO crops while Monsanto threatens to prosecute them because of patented pollen that blows onto their land from the farm next door. Your personal willingness to help others doesn’t help oppressed families whose tap water is poisonous and flammable because of natural gas companies that aren’t held accountable for their unconscionable actions. In the system you want, the rich and powerful would always be free to “infringe on another indivudual’s entitlement to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” unchecked.

    A government rooted in social justice from top to bottom, would address infringement onto any citizen’s rights in an equal manner and with much less of the “big government” we have now. The present multitude of rules and regulations would diminish because the focus could be clear and consistent. Corporations or rich individuals wouldn’t be able to get away with lying so loudly that truth can barely be heard. Truths about personal choices we all need to make in regard to our health, life, liberty and pursuit of happiness would be readily available. It’s a very strange thing to be against that.


    Posted by Sparks In Shadow | February 23, 2012, 5:03 am
  3. Magnificent, as always, Tony! You have such a gift for poetically pointing out the complete and utter horrid truth. And just like Carlin, those people to whom this is directed really should feel like a bunch of fools. But I’m sure they won’t and don’t. Additionally, and “blah” person, woman, and/or GLBT should be ashamed of themselves for supporting such a party that reeks of bigotry, hatred, and racism.


    Posted by She speaks.... | February 22, 2012, 2:25 pm
  4. thanks for having my back here Re, it just seems so obvious doesn’t it? continue…


    Posted by barkinginthedark | February 22, 2012, 4:52 am
  5. I would really really like a coherent, intelligent Republican to answer the questions you raise here.
    Unfortunately, right now I think there aren’t any, or any that are who would publicly admin it.
    Excellent, as always Tony. Every question here really needs an answer.


    Posted by El Guapo | February 21, 2012, 6:18 pm
  6. Some people join “the other side” because they don’t believe the rhetoric and they don’t trust government. The problem is there is no alternative for those that don’t believe in government for anything other than the nuts and bolts. They choose between bad government option #1 and bad government option #2 because there is no good government option.

    Regarding intelligence, I know really intelligent people in both parties. Both parties employ the most intelligent people they can find to sit in “think tanks”. Intelligence combined with flawed character is dangerous and the essence of politcal “leadership”. However, in my experience, intelligence is not nearly as important as individual character. Good character will help an individual overcome inevitable adversity more than intelligence or government. Good character can be trusted.

    Gay marriage, pot, etc is not the business of limited government. I could care less about those issues. If we had Libertarian rule, pot would be legal and gays could be married. The military would be kept in check. The only thing you’d have left to debate is abortion. Wouldn’t it be nice if that was the only issue to sort out and find compromise? Over a few beers, I’d bet you and I could find a compromise on abortion that 75% of Americans would accept.

    Our issues are not complicated. The intentions of those in power are complicated.


    Posted by Tom | February 21, 2012, 4:25 pm
    • meant to say couldn’t care less about those issues.


      Posted by Tom | February 21, 2012, 4:35 pm
      • Tom, i would like you to explain how offering an education, or healthcare, to everyone “infringes” on your “entitlement”? and as soon as you say there should be “some element of freedom to choose. I don’t believe it is my business what others do – as long as they are respecting the rights of others.” so – are you the judge of whether or not they are “respecting” your rights? because they must terminate a pregnancy what business is it of yours at all? how is that disrespecting your “rights”? boundaries? whose – yours? my boundary i assure you is quite different than yours… why is yours right and mine wrong? i say if you and your wife had decided on an abortion it would be none of my business – or the state’s, period. no qualifier. i thought you believed in freedom? or is that just freedom with a qualifier? and when you then base your argument for or against abortion on “Christian” values, i’m sorry – but i must completely discount whatever you think about the subject. but that’s me. thanks for the comment. continue…


        Posted by barkinginthedark | February 23, 2012, 1:22 am
      • And p.s. further, you write…”Certainly you can appreciate that abortion is more complicated than that. For example, if a women is 37 weeks into a healthy pregnancy or has essentially reached full term, an abortion is cruel.” Tom, are there many women in your area, or that you know of, who want abortions at 37 weeks??? why do pick the most “extreme” position to base your argument on? couldn’t you find an even more “extreme” example? maybe abortion when the child is 2 months old? no one is talking about abortions at 37 weeks. no one. and i guess you’re on board with the forced vaginal probe…since the rationale for this bill is that it will bully women not to exercise their Constitutional right of choice which, i might add, is settled law…not religious law. didn’t the founding fathers -who you’ve often quoted -have a thing for separation of church and state? oh yeah – the vaginal probe – that’s a republican idea…also “extreme.”


        Posted by barkinginthedark | February 23, 2012, 2:15 am
    • Tom, i will agree on much of what you say here. what i find dangerous though is all the legislation coming forth based on these “wedge” issues. you have cited the founding fathers on more than one occasion and i believe they would be appalled at the way this legislation is based on religious reasons, and in most cases flies in the face of separation of church and state. i’m glad you included the caveat of intelligence being polluted by flawed character…but think tanks such as Cato, Mercatus, Heritage, are filled with that sort whose main goal is to uphold the status quo and amass even more wealth through hegemony and denial of others basic rights. and therein lies the reason why i am so moved to write about these “issues” – however a diversionary smoke screen they may be to hide real objectives. it’s not only the ends that are important but the means…not only where we want to get to, but how we get there, and how things are at present while we strive for how we wish it to be. as to Libertarianism, again, i find it would be a wonderful thing IF the playing field were level, IF everyone were indeed allowed to be entitled to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness”…those are nice words, but barriers to that pursuit have been put up – and Libertarians don’t appear to see anything wrong in that, or see anything that should be done to remedy that. Libertarians favor freedom and oppose government action to promote either equality or order, and that would almost be fine IF all things were equal AND it was day one…which they aren’t, and it isn’t. i too favor freedom, but i believe the administration of government should represent the people by protecting them from those who would benefit themselves at the expense of all of us, like those who would adulterate our food, or construct shoddy, unsafe, buildings, or make unsafe cars. and government should provide disaster relief when there’s a major catastrophe such as Katrina. freedom is wonderful…but my idea of freedom is not that we are “free” to drown. anyway, thanks for the comment…thoughtful as usual. continue…


      Posted by barkinginthedark | February 22, 2012, 2:26 am
      • We are entitled to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Everyone can puruse their dreams but the operative word is pursuit. I can pursue the presidency of a fortune 500 company or the USA but I am not entitled to the spot. Once you employ another body to “level the playing field”, you begin to infringe on another indivudual’s entitlement to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

        I can and will assist others along the way. Like I’ve said before, I tutor math in our elementary school, I read to kids in the city, I have been the community service chair of the local rotary club ( an active Rotarian for over a decade), I run a youth basketball league of 300 kids, I coach football, basketball, basebal, soccer (most times multiple teams per season), etc. but that is all my choice and I am glad to do it. I have a problem with the gov’t’s involvement in this and from what I see they are largely ineffective and incredibly inefficient. Add in very corrupted and you begin to see why people seek alternatives to big government even if they are very socially liberal.


        Posted by Tom | February 22, 2012, 3:11 pm
    • P.S. the “answer” to the abortion “debate” is simply to let every woman have the “freedom” to decide, either alone, or with her family, what to do under the circumstances.


      Posted by barkinginthedark | February 22, 2012, 2:30 am
      • Yes, Tony. This is the only answer. And to Tom: why would there still be this to debate under “Libertarian rule”? What makes this the business of government any more than gay marriage or pot?

        Lack of concern for social justice is the component of governments that causes the most trouble. Telling the majority of citizens that their lives are meaningless, because they haven’t attained enough money or power to matter or stand up to organized oppression, shouldn’t be seen as better government. Not understanding that this would be the result of libertarianism is no excuse for not knowing it.

        Even Sesame Street tries to teach children to think a few moves ahead. That’s not just a good skill for business or life at large. It’s a good skill to use when voting.


        Posted by Sparks In Shadow | February 22, 2012, 4:48 am
      • Certainly you can appreciate that abortion is more complicated than that. For example, if a women is 37 weeks into a healthy pregnancy or has essentially reached full term, an abortion is cruel. If that same women were on the way to the clinic, her water broke, she gave birth and then killed the baby; she would go to jail for murder (that does not add up).

        As you know, I am the father of 3. I was there for all the various appointments during my wife’s pregnancies. I saw and heard heartbeats at 12 weeks. I also picked my wife off the bathroom floor, wraped her in a blanket and carried her to the car and drove her to the hospital when she miscarried (twice). I saw the devastation of her psyche in the aftermath of those miscarriages and I felt some of it myself. I understand that not all cases are the same but my conscience would not be clear if we chose to interrupt any of our 5 pregnancies.

        Abortion is very difficult and I also appreciate the other side. There should be some element of freedom to choose. I don’t believe it is my business what others do – as long as they are respecting the rights of others and that is where this issues gets gray. There needs to be some boundries. There is a point when a “life” has its own rights. There needs to be some consideration for a willing father. There needs to be some consideration for parents of a minor child.

        For what its worth, I have the same struggle with the death penalty. I hear both sides but in the end, I could not be the guy to administer the procedure. Taking life, regardless of how (war, abortion, death penalty, etc), is all really difficult. I will never understand why the other side is so dismissive of those that are pro life. I am no ogre but I am a white, Christian male that happens to make a good living. Does that make me an asshole?


        Posted by Tom | February 22, 2012, 2:58 pm
  7. well done Noeleen. thanks for the rhyme comment. continue…


    Posted by barkinginthedark | February 21, 2012, 3:58 am
  8. Brilliant! I will never understand how anyone who isn’t white, male, Christian and wealthy can vote for Republicans.


    Posted by lisahgolden | February 21, 2012, 3:52 am
  9. Any black, gay, lesbian and women, who believe anything the Republicans have to say, needs to have a real good look at themselves. I’m talking about the rabid, frothy in the mouth Republicans, who cared less what goes on in this country. There are some good, decent Republicans, but they are truly hard to find…


    Posted by Don in Massachusetts | February 20, 2012, 7:40 pm
  10. I once heard the line “we were so busy thinking about if we COULD do it, we forgot to ask if we SHOULD do it”; women can be the worst, so many feel they have something to prove …


    Posted by MJ, Nonstepmom | February 20, 2012, 6:19 pm
    • not sure i understand the context or the reference Janet. do you mean women shouldn’t want dominion over their own bodies? confused. but thanks for the comment. continue…


      Posted by barkinginthedark | February 21, 2012, 3:57 am
      • sorry, this wasnt written out completely ( I forget your not a mind reader….)
        it was in reference to women etc wanting to be part of things like the republican party – they do it to prove they can, without thinking through wether its actually a smart decission.
        For example (on a smaller scale) I had a co-worker who fought to join a mens hunting/fishing group to prove that women should be allowed….and then never went to any events. She just wanted to upset the apple cart and seemed to give her a sense of “look at me” to be part of the group; but turned out to not be something she really wanted to do.
        Its the only reason I can figure women/minorities would want to be republican….


        Posted by MJ, Nonstepmom | February 21, 2012, 1:42 pm
    • ahhhh, yes, i see…well, maybe that explains some of them but…carzy huh? thanks for the clarification Janet. continue…


      Posted by barkinginthedark | February 22, 2012, 4:08 am
    • i meant crazy…altho’ they are prolly “carzy” too.


      Posted by barkinginthedark | February 22, 2012, 4:09 am
  11. Excellent you are so right I keep asking myself what is wrong with these Black people and women who are in a party that don’t respect them and who merely tolerate them because they are politically expedient.


    Posted by V. Lyn | February 20, 2012, 3:10 pm

    Oh Tony, your style of tell sings! I love reading your stuff – I get the USA news to rhyme & beat, & entertained by your wit.

    Love this bit:
    “Are you so out to lunch while in such denial
    To be LoyalWhileSoDissed by the right rank and file”

    That was perfect to me (above) – it just really flowed. Re the women – you remind me of when I first ever heard Alice Cooper sing ‘only women bleed’ & while I knew it immediately in a literal sense, the words had to hang in my memory a while to be realised in its truer sense.

    “None of it matters – just chapter and verse
    So help me make sense of why you still insist
    On staying at this party – I can promise you this
    The clock’s tolling midnight – there’s no prince’s kiss
    Leave now, don’t worry – just your vote will be missed.”

    I love your finale – Republicans take to a hearse! –
    about some kind of party where your vote is dissed
    if you cast it blind-folded though you’re a person, kissed
    by reality where
    REAL MEN EMBRACE not just colour, women & gays
    but human rights, intelligent thoughts,
    which any good Republican abhors
    ’cause they’re so fucked in the arse by their Republican friends
    they come up for air confused, with the bends,
    trying to make amends by passing laws upon this basis:
    ‘God says it’s wrong! (by my interpretation)
    But you’re right, Tony, it IS near midnight, time’s near passed the time to fight
    or die in the lie,
    Messrs & Mesdames American Pie.

    Aw fook, I can’t rhyme like you.
    x N’n.


    Posted by WordsFallFromMyEyes | February 20, 2012, 12:43 pm


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