Saturday, 9 June 2018

Columnist George Will, with John Denver's Help, Lambastes MIKE PENCE: "INDIANA SONG"

POST #178
Image result for john denver annie's songSatire with Substituted Lyrics, (also, published limericks on this topic are cited later in the blogpost).
ORIGINAL SONG:  "Annie's Song" by John Denver, 1974.
Enjoy Denver's recording here on Youtube. 
SATIRE COMPOSED: Giorgio Coniglio, May 2018.




SONGLINK: Readers interested in this topic might also enjoy Giorgio's songs on these earlier blogposts
  #175 "Rosenstein"
  #173 "Brennan's Tweet"
  #158 "First Year on the Range".


WORDPLAY LINK: For those interested in pursuing the present theme in the sphere of WORDPLAY (Ed. almost as much fun as satirical song), check out some posts on our sister blog "Edifying Nonsense". The most recent of these, "Still More Fun With Impeachment", will transport you into a universe of political frippery. 

BACKGROUND INFO: George Will's opinion-editorial  was published in the Washington Post under the rubric "Trump is no longer the worst person in government". It appeared in our local newspaper on May 10, 2018, under the heading "Mike Pence sets sad standard for governing by groveling."
Here is the link to the particular newspaper column which generated all the interest.




INDIANA SONG

to the tune of "Annie's Song"
  

George Will writes Mike Pence sets
A 'sad standard for ... groveling',
Like at cabinet meetings
Where he's 'humbled' by Trump.
Using barbs like 'oleaginous', 
Like 'repulsive' and 'toady',
George fills up his column -- 
His disdain doesn't slump.

Then George targets invective
At Mike's praise for Arpaio,
At a rally in Tempe
Near the home of McCain.
George invokes Mike's 'vocation'
(Servile ingratiation)
And asks voters repudiate
That mob's M.A.G.A.* again.

*  Make America Great Again, slogan of the 2016 Republican campaign.


CAST OF CHARACTERS

George Will  'conservative political commentator' and popular columnist with the Washington Post Writer's Group.
Mike Pence  Vice-President 2017- . Previous experience as Republican governor of his home-state of Indiana. Described as 'conspicuously devout' by Will, presumably picked for his current post due to his freedom from financial or lifestyle imbroglios. 
Donald Trump  President, 2017-.
"Sheriff Joe" Arpaio   controversial local political figure in Arizona, self-styled as 'America's toughest sheriff', convicted of contempt of court in relation to repeated racially charged practices, 'pardoned' by Trump in 2017.
John McCain   high-profile long-serving senator from Arizona, Republican candidate for President in 2008, struggling with terminal brain cancer at the time of these events.



UKULELE-FRIENDLY FORMAT
(Click on any chord-chart slide to move to 'song-presentation mode'; then navigate through thumbnails at bottom of page.)











LIMERICKS about the CAST OF CHARACTERS


A: LIMERICKS POSTED ONLINE at ...      OEDILF.com 
Authors of verses are shown here in italics.
Once you've entered the site, find the verse you want by scrolling down a bit and entering the WORD USED (e.g. Arpaio), or the LIMERICK APPROVED (e.g. 100807). 

Mike Pence 
#99721 (2016) Len Farano  ' " Apologize!" tweeted the man. '

Donald Trump 
Verses are too numerous to list here.

Joe Arpaio
#99153 (2017) MikeAq   ' You ask, "Why, why-o-why, why-o-why-o 
#100807 (2018) Len Farano  ' The judgment against you was gross '
#T471743 (2018) Giorgio Coniglio ' Though Trump's base found the concept beguiling '

John McCain 
#96387 (2016) MikeAq ' "The crazies," remarked John McCain '




























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