Tuesday, April 20, 2010

L'Etat, Ce N'est Pas Vous

There seems to have been a little ruckus over what rhetoric can be used against the current administration. Much has been made over the use of the term "regime," which the Left used to pejorative effect during the George W. Bush Presidency. As I recall from high school civics, an administration operates within a regime. Theoretically, we have had the same regime since 1789, but those who have administered the regime have changed periodically throughout the years. Only if the U.S. Constitution were abandoned would we have grounds for accurately saying that the regime has changed.

But, of course, accuracy has little to do with political journalism any more, and, as if to prove this point, Joe Klein accused opposition politicians and talk show hosts of sedition against the United States. The parody department could not pass up such an opportunity, and has produced the following, sung to the tune of "Tradition" from Fiddler on the Roof.



Tradition
by Dminor (apologies to Jerry Bock, Sheldon Harnick, and Joseph Stein)


[JOE KLEIN AND JOHN HEILEMANN]
Sedition, Sedition! Sedition!
Sedition, Sedition! Sedition!

[GLEN BECK]

When is it right to criticize Obama
Go against his wishes, rise up in dissent?
And who has the right to speak against the house
and senate to protect our home?

The Public, the Public! Sedition?
The Public, the Public! Sedition?

[RUSH LIMBAUGH]

Who must raise a flag to make an objection,
a rejection, some dissention?
Who must sound alarm when trust has been betrayed
The Constitution's tenets are ignored?

Citizens, Citizens! Sedition?
Citizens, Citizens! Sedition?

[SEAN HANNITY]
Since way before the Civil War we've always had dissent.
But now they've picked a leader who cannot be opposed.

[SARAH PALIN]
And does the Party teach to follow and obey,
Forgetting that to dissent is our tradition's way?

Politics, Politics! Sedition?
Politics, Politics! Sedition?

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