Candidates need to follow ‘Yellow Brick Road’


November 2008

Anne Coulter claims in her 2008 book If Democrats Had Any Brains, They’d Be Republicans. One could argue, if Republicans had a heart, they’d be Democrats. Perhaps both parties need to “follow the yellow brick road” for some help from “The Wizard of Oz.” Of course, the “Wicked Witch of the Right” and the “Wicked Witch of the Left” will try to stop them as they dance off arm-in-arm to The Emerald City singing . . .

      When a man is a conservative,
      his logic is superlative
      regarding health and art.
      Be he mayor or the President
      he’d get votes from ev’ry resident
      if he only had a heart.
      “Vote for me and you will see
      some right-winged charity,
      Federal aid and programs saved!
      If I only had a heart.”

      When a woman is liberal
      emotions are forgivable.
      She feels her voters’ pain!
      Be it judge or the governor
      Ev’ryone would simply love her
      if she only had a brain.
      “Vote for me and you will see
      financial sanity,
      A strong defense with common sense!
      If I only had a brain.”

      What makes candidates state their case
      with clarity and a straight face?
      What makes a party shun donations
      from interest groups and foreign nations?
      What is missing in this campaign,
      besides a heart, besides a brain?

So, this election, I’m looking for a man or woman who has a brain, a heart and, oh yes, courage!

Copyright © 2000, 2008 James N. Watkins

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