Before it Turns into Something Uglier

When we face Rove lies
and Koch money
we vent

But that won't win
The more matter of fact we can be
The more we can patiently explain the GOP lies to people
whose votes will decide the election
the more we will win
out of our confidence in the 
reasons we support the President

This applies to those of us who seek
to help with words
It is hard to act with confidence
against obvious lies
when our efforts to state truth
are refuted with still more lies
But we must realize that
half our readers may be undecided
either about who to vote for
or whether to vote at all

It is hard to suppress indignation
or to hide fear when we are 
afraid we will lose
But that discipline will pay off

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Is President Obama Going Against His Core Identity?

Going Negative - NYTimes.com: "David Brooks: The conventional view is that it works. My view is that it works in some cases. Obama ran plenty of negative ads in 2008, but he won because he rejected the sort of stale campaigning everyone is disgusted by. Now he is running exactly the sort of campaign he once rejected. I don’t see how going against your core identity can be a good thing."

Dream on David you're on the wrong track
The President's a fighter and under attack
From the sad Party you have called Grand
You have no ground upon which to stand
GOP reasons so lack decency
The people if not you will easily see 
They will give him another term more
Meanwhile David look to your core

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No matter how smart one is, compassion trumps wit.

From a fellow member of the Charles Sanders Peirce list

 An excellent movie version of the play Wit, directed by Mike Nichols with Emma Thompson, shows the value of compassion, literally feeling with, in the experience of death and life. In the end, no matter how smart one is, compassion trumps wit.

Gene Halton

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An Action Strategy for the Obama Campaign

An Action Strategy for the Obama Campaign

As I try to parse the polls that show too little distance
between the President and his assumed opponent
something comes through loud and clear

It is not better ads with more grass roots voices
It is not besting Romney in surrogate wars
It is not even raising enough to beat Rove

Whenever a point is scored
Let the President ACT
That can be an Executive Order
It can be a Proposal in a speech
It can be a Challenge
or a Contest
It can be anything that Directly  Refutes
whatever the misapprehension is
that makes polls too close

Next task specifics
That's what the President has a staff for
An Act a day

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It is quite obvious that both sides say the same things

It is quite obvious that both sides say the same things
Obama is a job killer Romney is a job killer
and so forth
Truth is more than who is right
for right is determined by many means
So Pilate's question becomes permanent
My best answer is
Neither side is true
Truth is what proves out
and in this struggle
subjectivity will prevail
For me what proves out is a fund
of seeming reason that supports the President
and my sense of his intentions
which are mine as well
If I can grasp what he has done
I see the seeds of greatness
and a trajectory of hope
I shall not convince anyone
who says he kills jobs
or was born in Kenya
But I am happy in my fallibility

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Mr. Rattner (it would seem) is not in Mr. Romney's capacious pockets

Creating Jobs Wasn’t Romney’s Job - NYTimes.com: "On Monday, Mr. Obama struck the right balance, emphasizing that he wasn’t attacking private equity but was questioning Mitt Romney’s Bain Capital credentials to be the job creator in chief.

That’s fair, particularly because Mr. Romney himself has been foolishly reweaving history to claim, as recently as last week, that he helped create 100,000 jobs during his time at Bain.

In fact, Bain Capital — like other private equity firms — was founded and managed for profit: ideally, huge amounts of gain earned legally and legitimately. Any job creation was a welcome but secondary byproduct."

The underlying story is ironically
That Obama holds the key to the future
It is he who links recovery to creating new occupations
And moving beyond oil
While whatever Mitt is for
Means rolling backwards
Down the Sysiphean hill

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Delicious - A Ron Paul Karl Rove Collision

After Paul Falters, Backers Push Agenda in Party and Other Races - NYTimes.com: "“Karl Rove’s fear-and-smear-style Republicans are going to wake up at the end of the year and realize we are now in control of the Republican Party,” said Preston Bates, a Democrat-turned-Paulite who is running Liberty for All for Mr. Ramsey."

'via Blog this'

Is there anything good about Karl Rove
The question evokes one's opinion of W
Is there anything good about Ron Paul
If you are looking for a spectrum Ron will do
But the humorous hand of forces no longer believed in
Call them Greek gods if you will
Is cooking up a storm that we'll soon witness
If we can see them fighting through the swill

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