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POLITICAL ART & SATIRE

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Defending the Tower

"Tapping" his wires is the least of his worries. 

This time, twon't be beauty that kills the beast.

 

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The Abduction of Persephone

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Ozymandias, King of Kings

Look on my Works, ye Mighty, and Despair!

Link:  Ozymandias

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Donald Jackson Trump

"Old Balsa"

Click this Link: Rousing the Rabble

 

As presidential candidates, Andrew Jackson and Donald trump had much in common, which points to a mixed legacy for the Donald.

 

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Declaration of Independence

Pay to Play

When a nation goes down, or a society perishes, one condition may always be found; they forgot where they came from. They lost sight of what had brought them along.  

--Carl Sandburg

 

But just as they did in Philadelphia when they were writing the constitution, sooner or later, you've got to compromise. You've got to start making the compromises that arrive at a consensus and move the country forward.     

--Colin Powell

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Mythic Mashup:

Pygmalion & Galatea, Echo & Narcissus

 

The great Roman poet Ovid, in his mega-masterpiece Metamorphoses, tells us of the Cyprian sculptor Pygmalion, who swore off women until he created a statue of a perfect one, Galatea, from ivory.  He so loved her that she came to life and married him out of gratitude and pity. 

 

Ovid tells us also of  Echo, a gabby nymph who was cursed by Hera so she could only finish other people’s sentences, and never speak for herself.  Echo loved Narcissus, who was so in love with himself that he never noticed her, and eventually faded to a wraith while gazing at his own reflection in still water.

 

In tonight’s combined performance, the part of Echo will be played by the ever-lovely Kellyanne Conway.  The role of Pygmalion will be filled by noted scholar and diplomat Stephen Bannon.  World-famous celebrity and man-about-town Mr. Donald Trump will star in the dual roles of Galatea and Narcissus. 

 

Sit back and get ready for the greatest show on earth, maybe the galaxy, the universe even.  Mr. Pence may be attending tonight, so just be quiet and listen.  It’s going to be really great. Best ever.  Really. Great.

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A Different Drummer

Pa Rum Pum Pum Pum

Come they told me Pa rum pum pum pum

A new born king to see Pa rum pum pum pum

Our finest gifts we bring Pa rum pum pum pum

To lay before the king Pa rum pum pum pum,
Rum pum pum pum, Rum pum pum pum

So to honor him Pa rum pum pum pum
When we come Pum pum pum pum
Pa rum pum pum Pum pum pum pum
Pa rum pum pum Pum pum pum pum
Pa rum pum pum Pum pum pum pum pa rum

 

Little baby Pa rum pum pum pum
I am a poor boy too Pa rum pum pum pum

I have no gift to bring Pa rum pum pum pum
That's fit to give our king Pa rum pum pum pum,
Rum pum pum pum, Rum pum pum pum

 

Shall I play for you? Pa rum pum pum pum
Pa rum pum pum Pum pum pum pum

Mary nodded Pa rum pum pum pum
The ox and lamb kept time Pa rum pum pum pum

I played my drum for him Pa rum pum pum pum
I played my best for him Pa rum pum pum pum,
Rum pum pum pum, Rum pum pum pum

Then he smiled at me Pa rum pum pum pum
Me and my drum

Me and my drum
Me and my drum
Me and my drum
Me and my drum
Rum pum pum pum

 

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Trump l'Oeil

Trump Loyal

(Rhymes with Dump Royal)

 

 

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TRUMPLESTILTSKIN

Spinning Corn into Gold

The brothers Grimm tell us of a boastful miller who tells the king that his beautiful, flaxen-haired daughter can spin straw into gold.  The king (as kings are wont) abducts the girl, and locks her in a tower with a spinning wheel and a pile of straw.  He demands she spin gold for him.

 

 That night in her despair a dwarf appears, and tells her he really can do this thing, and (because he is a deal-making dwarf) he will do it for her in exchange for her ring.  The king is so pleased with the result that he locks her in a larger room with a bigger pile of straw. Again the imp appears and does his thing in exchange for her necklace.  Overjoyed, the king locks her in the castle's largest room, stuffed with straw.  If she fills the room with gold she will become his queen.  If she fails, she will lose her head.

 

Alas, the poor girl is out of things to trade.  When the strange little man appears, he promises to do it in exchange for the promise of her firstborn son.  With her head on the line, reluctantly, she accepts and the deed is done.  She marries the king, and bye and bye a son is born.

 

When the dwarf appears to collect his due, the queen is distraught.  She offers him all the wealth of the kingdom if she can keep her child, but he refuses.  Because he is a deal-making elf, he offers her a new arrangement: If, within three days, she can say his name, she may keep the child.

 

  Each night she tries, and fails, to guess his name.  On the third and final, fatal night, in her distress she leaves the castle and wanders in the woods.  There, dancing around a bonfire, is the imp, singing this nasty song:

 

Today I bake, tomorrow I brew,
Then the queen’s child I shall stew.
Nobody wins my little game,
For Rumplestiltskin is my name

 

When the little man returns to the castle to claim his prize, the queen feigns two wrong guesses before saying his real name.  Enraged at losing, Rumplestiltskin tears himself in two.
 
(Grimm’s tales were not for the little snowflakes of today.  They were grim.)

The brothers Grimm tell us of a boastful miller who tells the king that his beautiful, flaxen-haired daughter can spin straw into gold.  The king (as kings are wont) abducts the girl, and locks her in a tower with a spinning wheel and a pile of straw.  He demands she spin gold for him.

 

 That night in her despair a dwarf appears, and tells her he really can do this thing, and (because he is a deal-making dwarf) he will do it for her in exchange for her ring.  The king is so pleased with the result that he locks her in a larger room with a bigger pile of straw. Again the imp appears and does his thing in exchange for her necklace.  Overjoyed, the king locks her in the castle's largest room, stuffed with straw.  If she fills the room with gold she will become his queen.  If she fails, she will lose her head.

 

Alas, the poor girl is out of things to trade.  When the strange little man appears, he promises to do it in exchange for the promise of her firstborn son.  With her head on the line, reluctantly, she accepts and the deed is done.  She marries the king, and bye and bye a son is born.

 

When the dwarf appears to collect his due, the queen is distraught.  She offers him all the wealth of the kingdom if she can keep her child, but he refuses.  Because he is a deal-making elf, he offers her a new arrangement: If, within three days, she can say his name, she may keep the child.

 

  Each night she tries, and fails, to guess his name.  On the third and final, fatal night, in her distress she leaves the castle and wanders in the woods.  There, dancing around a bonfire, is the imp, singing this nasty song:

 

Today I bake, tomorrow I brew,
Then the queen’s child I shall stew.
Nobody wins my little game,
For Rumplestiltskin is my name

 

When the little man returns to the castle to claim his prize, the queen feigns two wrong guesses before saying his real name.  Enraged at losing, Rumplestiltskin tears himself in two.
 
(Grimm’s tales were not for the little snowflakes of today.  They were grim.)

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Nuff said!!

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ANGRY TRUMPKIN

ln the snow

A surreal, angry Jack O'Lantern shrieks coarse, fiery language at you from a snowbank.

 

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TRUMPTY DUMPTY

sat on a wall

Trumpty Dumpty sits atop his green and lovely wall to watch the sweaty mass of rubes parade by below.  They are beautiful as they march along.  They really are.  Great, really.  Really great. Great!

 

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