Thursday, August 18, 2011

They are looking for the great white hope

They ain't got one.

In the press we read for the desire of a new candidate to rise for the Republicans. The Republicans have many candidates announced for the presidency: Michele Bachmann, Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich, Jon Huntsman, Jr., Gary Johnson, Fred Karger, Andy Martin, Thaddeus McCotter, Jimmy McMillan, Ron Paul, Rick Perry, Buddy Roemer, Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, Jonathon Sharkey, (Tim Pawlenty-quit). They know some of them are losers. The barrel of crazy for Republicans comes in hogshead size, several of the candidates have made it overflow. So they call for more.

Donald Trump floats to the top (a balloon of hot air will do that). He insists the legally elected sitting president was born in Kenya (when we all know he is from the fourth planet of Rigel 5). Barack Obama has them show the long form birth certificate, he cracks jokes about 'the Donald' in front of a pissed off Donald (quick someone make angry mallard calls), and oh yeah, almost simultaneously Osama bin Hydin is found. Remember him, the fellow gwbjr started two wars over (that haven't ended) wasn't interested in. Donald suffers deflation. This is the great businessman, who knows everything, that had a casino go bankrupt.

Some want Christie of New Jersey. He of heavy girth and bad temper, and asthma. Some want Ryan of Wisconsin, the Ayn Rand acolyte that wants to eliminate medicare and social security. Remember Giuliani? Remember Gingrich? There is always the half a term governor of Alaska who is trying to be a television star. Did it work for that tall actor from Tennessee that was on some Law and Order episodes for 38 seconds?, and is now advertising reverse mortgages?

Rick Perry, one of the good hair governors of the most obnoxious of these United States, well not that united, he wanted to secede. Didn't Lincoln, 1865†, end that question? Remember, Lincoln the Republican who got no southern votes, and enfranchised [officially XVth amendment 1870] a race of people that the Republicans have been trying to disenfranchise for the last forty years [and abandoned in 1876]? It is a strange country, when a texican president (LBJ) who extended civil and voting rights for negroes, he began an exodus of white southerners to the new promised land of the white zion of the g.o.p. That exodus is virtually complete. Lyndon Johnson, the last liberal president we had, was a real texan. He was actually born there, and was a Democrat his entire life (claims the bushes could never make). Perry was a Democrat once, but he saw the situation that anglo-wasps were gonna be a minority in that party. His act may play in Lubbock, it won't nationwide. I have to correct myself, [with him] it is not hogshead barrels, it's tin barrels of texas crude.

“...if by a 'Liberal' they mean someone who looks ahead and not behind, someone who welcomes new ideas without rigid reactions, someone who cares about the welfare of the peopletheir health, their housing, their schools, their jobs, their civil rights and their civil libertiessomeone who believes we can break through the stalemate and suspicions that grip us in our policies abroad, if that is what they mean by a 'Liberal', then I'm proud to say I'm a 'Liberal.'” — President John F. Kennedy. 14 September 1960.

“A conservative is a man with two perfectly good legs who, however, has never learned how to walk forward.”—President Franklin D. Roosevelt. 26 October 1939.
Some years ago [1967] a play, and then a movie [1970] were made called, “The Great White Hope”. It was a fictionalisation of Jack Johnson from Texas. He was the first negro heavyweight champion of the world (1908–1915). The anger this arose in white racists was great. Jack London called for a 'Great White Hope' to arise. Boxing promoters found a series of great white hopes, and they lost. They had the great middleweight champion Stanley Ketchel (Stanislaw KiecaƂ) fight. In the twelfth round he knocked Johnson down, Johnson slowly recovered and made a punch that knocked Ketchel out, and separated Ketchel from several teeth. Johnson then fought former light-heavyweight champion Philadelphia Jack O'Brien (Joseph Francis Hagen) to a draw.

James J. Jeffries had been an unbeaten heavyweight champion when he retired in 1905.
Jeffries had been a truly athletic man. He could also bear great punishment. The 'Fight of the Century', as it was billed, took place in Reno on the 4th of July 1910. The 15th round ended with a TKO victory for Johnson. Celebrations, riots, and counter-riots took place across the country. The fight was filmed and made a bundle. Immediately, it was protested against. In 1912 Congress made it illegal to have such films cross state lines, the law lasted till 1940.

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