My friend Jeff Jarvis had a burst of creativity the other night.

He’s a wonderful guy, very enthusiastic, and often his enthusiasm comes with a lot of expletives. I have to admit they make me uncomfortable, and I’m someone who swears liberally myself. (Though I wouldn’t consider myself a liberal.) I think you make your point better if you say it directly and leave out the flowery stuff. If you don’t, the words become the story, not the ideas.


He came up with a hashtag. I’ll let him tell you what it is.

Anyway, the disaster in Washington, which I think of as Republi-Geddon or is it GOP-ocalypse, has certainly spawned its share of humor.

For example, I posted earlier today we ought to give them a tax holiday for five Americans for every Representative. That way the richest among us can pay no taxes, which appears to be what they want, and the rest of us can get on with having an economy. I thought of a problem though. They couldn’t use the subways, or even the sewers, and certainly not the airports. After all, those are ours, they belong to the taxpayers. I assume they believe in property. Yes? What’s mine is mine, after all. And if you don’t pay for it, it’s not fair for you to use it. So if you need to take a leak while you’re in one of our cities, good luck finding a place to do your business. :-)

BTW, the police and fire departments are ours too. And the military.

The meme I’m having the most fun with is #InspiringGOPMovieScenes. There are so many great Republican-inspired and inspiring scenes in the movies. I keep thinking of more.

There’s the final scene in Dr Strangelove where Slim Pickens rides the H-bomb as if it was a bucking bronco.

Later, Vera Lynn sings We’ll Meet Again.

Perfect music for the apocalypse.

Then there’s the scene in The Godfather where Don Coreleone is meeting with the other mob bosses. Don Barzini, who was clearly a Republican, said the wonderful line: “After all, we’re not Communists.” Everyone had a good laugh.

Then there was the scene in The Untouchables, where Robert DeNiro, playing Al Capone, illustrates the importance of teamwork using a baseball bat and the head of a mob boss. Obviously this is a scene that House Speaker Boehner wishes he had the power (or cojones) to pull off with the likes of Rush Limbaugh and Grover Norquist.

BTW, where is Karl Rove in all this? Haven’t heard much from him.

A picture named nixon.jpgBut the absolute best movie scene of them all for inspiring true Republicans is Anthony Hopkins playing the title role in Oliver Stone’s Nixon. He’s about to resign in disgrace, and delivers a wonderful Republican soliloquy to the portrait of JFK. “When they look at you, they see what they want to be. When they look at me, they see what they are.” Wonderful scene. Grabs you right where it hurts. :-)


About Dave Winer

Dave Winer, 54, pioneered the development of weblogs, syndication (RSS), podcasting, outlining, and web content management software; former contributing editor at Wired Magazine, research fellow at Harvard Law School, entrepreneur, and investor in web media companies. A native New Yorker, he received a Master's in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin, a Bachelor's in Mathematics from Tulane University and currently lives in Berkeley, California.
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