Tuesday, February 19, 2008
What I need?
Tonight I happened to walk by the television set and overhear Barack Obama delivering part of his victory speech in the Wisconsin primary. I was struck by an applause inducing sound bite from the Illinois senator wherein he emphatically stated that: "What the country needs is a president who will not always say what people want to hear but what they NEED to hear". This declaration was the follow up to a slew of government programs that he had just promised to implement upon gaining the presidency.
I'm glad that we have a candidate that is at least honest about his intentions to steal my wealth and run my life because I really, really need his help. It reminded me of an old Dylan lyric which seems to turn the entire notion on its head:
When Ruthie says come see her
In her honky-tonk lagoon,
Where I can watch her waltz for free
'Neath her Panamanian moon.
An' I say, "Aw come on now,
You must know about my debutante."
An' she says, "Your debutante just knows what you need
But I know what you want."
I do not plan to vote in this election either.