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Big Willie Rocks tha House!

Posted in Playthell on politics, Uncategorized with tags , , , on September 6, 2012 by playthell
When the Master Player Speaks Everybody Listens

He Told a Round Unvarnished Tale

With wit, erudition and soaring eloquence, Bill Clinton dropped some political science and took the nation to school last night.  In the course of his powerful and learned oration he transformed the esoteric polysyllabic language of policy wonks into epic poetry and mesmerized the audience.  Then he fashioned his rhetoric into a deadly weapon and demolished the pugnacious sophistry of the Grand Obstructionist Party, which has been masquerading as serious argument, and adroitly cast aspersions on their character, ethics and political acumen.  And he did it in grand style.

The audience was amped by the moving speakers that preceded him – representing business, labor, academia, and the women’s movement.  Hence the excitement was palpable; the atmosphere was electric.  The scene was tailor made for a great political polemicist who is also a very able orator.

With his infectious southern charm and rigorous intellect, Bill Clinton told the nation in no uncertain terms why we should reelect President Obama and reject the Republican bid for power.  And the case he made was deadly; it may have killed the Republican dreams of capturing the Oval Office.  Time and again he sparked the audience into rounds of tumultuous applause.  As he spoke I envisioned the Republican strategists, who thought it a good idea to play him up to dis President Obama, sitting at a table with a jug of moonshine and a pistol trying to decide who should put the gun to their head first.

A master of his trade, the art and science of political combat, Silver Tongue Willie skillfully laid out the essence of his argument in his opening statement.  “I want to nominate a man whose own life has known its fair share of adversity and uncertainty,” he intoned.

Continuing to cite the President’s virtues he said: “I want to nominate a man who ran for president to change the course of an already weak economy and then just six weeks before his election, saw it suffer the biggest collapse since the Great Depression, a man who stopped the slide into depression and put us on a long road to recovery, knowing all the while that no matter how many jobs he saved or created, there’d still be millions more waiting, worried about feeding their own kids, trying to keep their hopes alive.”

Then he celebrated the Presidents beliefs and personal judgement.  “I want to nominate a man who’s cool on the outside but who burns for America on the inside.  I want a man who believes with no doubt that we can build a new American dream economy, driven by innovation and creativity, by education….I want a man who had the good sense to marry Michelle Obama.”  My sentiments exactly!

After succinctly laying out the major themes of his argument, Clinton filled in the details with lawyerly precision and professorial erudition, spiked by a generous employment of humor delivered with brilliant comedic timing.  Elegant standard English was interspersed with folksy aphorisms rendered in witty southern colloquialisms, buttressed by powerful representative anecdotes.  His choice of facts in his comparative analysis went straight to the heart of the matter.

For instance when he pointed out that since 1961 the Republicans have held the Presidency longer than the Democrats but twice as many jobs were created under Democratic presidents.  And when he said of contemporary job creation: “President Obama four and a half million, the Republican congress Zero!”  He might also have added that the two great collapses of the American economy also took place under Republicans…who were pursuing the same policies Mitt Romney is advocating now.

But no matter, as the situation stood Big Willie put the Republican’s business in the street; aired their dirty laundry, and whipped their butts like runaway slaves.  Since his administration is a model of economic success, the former President was entirely believable when he said that no president, himself included, could have repaired the vast economic carnage from eight years of Republican mismanagement in just four years.  And he is eminently believable when he praises Barack’s policies and implores us to keep him on the job for four more years.

 United They Stand

A Formidable Tandum


Playthell G. Benjamin

Harlem, New York

August 6, 2012

Confront GOP” History; Seize the Future!

Posted in Playthell on politics with tags , , on September 4, 2012 by playthell
 Big Willie Will Make the Case

 What the Democratic Convention Must Do

The Afro-American political theorists and cultural critic Harold Cruse once observed that Americans are “anti-historical and ant-intellectual.”  I often get the impression that the Republicans took Curse’s analysis to heart and are building their campaign strategy around it.  There is no other explanation that I can conjure to explain a televised convention where all of the major arguments are easily disproved lies.

The major role of the Democratic Party’s convention must be to expose the Republican lies, reacquaint the nation with the GOP’s recent disastrous history, and present a counter-vision for America’s future. The perfect entre into this discussion is to engage the question the Republicans have made their mantra: “Are you doing better than you were when President Obama took office?” In a recent speech Vice President Joe Biden has introduced a slogan that capsulizes the major issues upon which the Democratic response should be based.  “General Motors is alive and Bin Ladin is dead!” he shouted in triplicate.

This slogan supplies a launching pad for scathing critiques of Republican mismanagement of the economy and National Security – areas the GOP has owned in the last few elections. First they must attack the claim, repeated ad- nauseum by GOP flacks, that Bush and Cheney protected us from another attack by Islamic Jihadists.  The Democrats must expose this argument as a smoke screen to obfuscate the fact that the worst attack by a foreign enemy on US soil since the British torching of the White House during the War of 1812, happened on the Republican’s watch.

And the Democrats must point out that it could have been prevented; had Dr. Rice and the National Security elite not been so preoccupied with continuing cold war policies against a Soviet Union that no longer existed.  Democrats should not hesitate to present the compelling evidence that had the Bushmen been paying attention to the intelligence reports on Al Qaeda and Bin Laden, as the former Clinton anti-terrorist Czar Richard Clark repeatedly advised Condoleezza Rice to do, the 9/11 assault would never have happened.

The Democrats must also remind the voters that the tough talking Bushmen never caught the perpetrator after seven years of trying; although Osama bin Laden’s identity was well known.  Instead they launched a war of choice against Iraq.  The Democrats must use their face time with the nation to point out that Barack ended the war, protected the nation from attack, and killed Osama bin Laden!

On domestic affairs the Democrats need only remind the public that George Bush was handed a flourishing economy; with a balanced budget and billions of surplus dollars. But he wrecked it with his policies of deregulation of the banking sector, hundreds of billions in tax givaways to the rich, and launching a needless war against an unoffending country.   And the perfect man for that job is Bill Clinton, who gave Bush the booming economy.

Then they should concentrate on explaining and defending Barack’s magnificent record of achievement with the Grand Obstructionist working with the Grand Obstructionist Party. Who were pledged to make his administration a failure; even if they retarded economy recovery, put workers in danger of losing their unemployment compensation, and caused a downgrade in the nation’s credit rating for the first time in history over a routine budgetary matter.

The Democrats should constantly contrast Barack’s success with Mitt’s wacky prescriptions for solving the economic disaster; pointing out that the only other President who had a MBA from Harvard was George W. Bush!   And he, like Romney, was clueless on foreign affairs.  The Democrats should warn the nation that Romney has chosen the same foreign policy advisors – and their fellow travelers – who were the architects of the Iraq invasion

The Democrats should also emphasize the difference between them and the GOP on women’s, Immigrant, labor and gay issues. Once these facts are well known prudence would dictate a victory in the coming elections.  Yet given the widespread epidemic of ignorance, and the persistence of pervasive racism in the white working class, one never knows….anything can happen.


Playthell G. Benjamin

Harlem, New York

September 4, 2012