GOP Talking Heads And Possibly More

Warning: In order to accurately quote a song’s lyrics and the statement of a member of Congress I will repeatedly have to use a thinly veiled representation of one of George Carlin’s seven dirty words in violation of my PG standard for articles on this site.

It may come as a surprise to many of my readers but I like the 1983 hit, Burning Down the House by Talking Heads. In fact it could be the theme music for the 2020 Republican National Convention. What better tribute to the “accomplishments” and agenda of the Trump administration?  

I watched only a bit of the Democrats’ convention last week. Technically it went off without a hitch. Perhaps I’m too old but a virtual convention just lacks the excitement and (to a political junkie like me) entertainment value of the conventions of yesteryears. Recent conventions have become little more than infomercials for predetermined tickets; a far cry from the suspense filled events of my youth. But at least they were live including surprises (i.e. Ted Cruz’s non-endorsement of Trump in ’16), gaffes and applause lines. A lot of it was malarkey, but to a nerd like me it was entertaining malarkey.

Trump’s presidency to date has been a disaster; I may be being kind using the word “disaster”. Aside from lying – standard operating procedure for the modern day GOP – how they are going to portray it as a success will be interesting. Hence Burning Down the House for a theme song. (I couldn’t remember a song entitled Burning Down the House, The Senate and the Entire Executive Branch.) While running under the slogan “Make America Great Again” Trump has done nothing but to proceed to destroy it domestically and internationally. To a significant degree he has been successful in achieving that goal but he still needs more time before he can hang the Mission Accomplish banner on the White House. Therefore he is running for a second term. (I think more importantly he wants to keep the organized criminal enterprise bringing in money for him while running out the statute of limitations on various felonies.) This has proven to be a good gig for him: Watch a lot of cable TV, make money going to your clubs and resorts and you even get your own song.

It is the weekend before the event as I pen this and we know precious little about what is to unfold including cities, let alone specific venues within them. I expect a lot of it to be (like the Democrats’ event) a big Zoom call but there is reason to believe a live venue with people (probably in violation of local decrees) will be included. Among the “luminaries” that will serve as talking heads I expect the My Pillow Man; hey somebody has to fill in for the Duck Dynasty guy. I expect federal officials to speak from federal facilities which in some cases will be a violation of the letter of ethics laws, (like this crew cares), and in all cases it will violate the spirit of them, (again, like this crew actually cares).

I will be surprised if the Trump people don’t use the, “Promises made, promises kept” theme they like to use in their pep rallies. While I don’t approve of her having said it there is a Democrat to whom this more accurately applies. On January 4, 2019 Michigan Democrat Representative Rashida Tlaib declared, “We’re gonna impeach the m*****f*****.” On December 18, 2019 the House did just that – promise kept.

While I can’t seem to reconcile my memory and the information on the internet about the original song it was used in the, lyrics are:

The roof, the roof, the roof is on fire…

We don’t need no water let the m*****f***** burn.

Should Trump remain in office it is a perfect second term theme song. He and his crew are destroying America and have no intention of putting out the “fire” they started.

That is the true mission for the next term other than keeping the scam going and Trump out of federal prison.

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