Wednesday, May 07, 2008

What Have They Ever Done for Us?

I listen to the whining and navel gazing among the idiot blogger class about how horrible the Clintons are and how they haven't ever, never, no way, not a chance, ever done anything good for the country, and this is what keeps running through my brain:

REG: They've bled us white, the bastards. They've taken everything we had, and not just from us, from our fathers, and from our fathers' fathers.

LORETTA: And from our fathers' fathers' fathers.

REG: Yeah.

LORETTA: And from our fathers' fathers' fathers' fathers.

REG: Yeah. All right, Stan. Don't labour the point. And what have they ever given us in return?!

XERXES: The aqueduct?

REG: What?

XERXES: The aqueduct.

REG: Oh. Yeah, yeah. They did give us that. Uh, that's true. Yeah.

COMMANDO #3: And the sanitation.

LORETTA: Oh, yeah, the sanitation, Reg. Remember what the city used to be like?

REG: Yeah. All right. I'll grant you the aqueduct and the sanitation are two things that the Romans have done.

MATTHIAS: And the roads.

REG: Well, yeah. Obviously the roads. I mean, the roads go without saying, don't they? But apart from the sanitation, the aqueduct, and the roads--

COMMANDO: Irrigation.

XERXES: Medicine.

COMMANDOS: Huh? Heh? Huh...

COMMANDO #2: Education.


REG: Yeah, yeah. All right. Fair enough.

COMMANDO #1: And the wine.

COMMANDOS: Oh, yes. Yeah...

FRANCIS: Yeah. Yeah, that's something we'd really miss, Reg, if the Romans left. Huh.

COMMANDO: Public baths.

LORETTA: And it's safe to walk in the streets at night now, Reg.

FRANCIS: Yeah, they certainly know how to keep order. Let's face it. They're the only ones who could in a place like this.

COMMANDOS: Hehh, heh. Heh heh heh heh heh heh heh.

REG: All right, but apart from the sanitation, the medicine, education, wine, public order, irrigation, roads, a fresh water system, and public health, what have the Romans ever done for us?

XERXES: Brought peace.

REG: Oh. Peace?



Unknown said...

And all WE have gotten in return for the aqueducts, sanitation, roads, and medicine, is...

... shrubbery. To which I can only say Ni.

Anonymous said...

But who brought us chaos and mayhem? Only Obama can do that!

Nath said...

*heh* I hope you at least had to look up the text of the quote...

And SH, all I can say to your comment is ekki-ekki-ekki-phtheng.

gendergappers said...

Yes, indeed - the guy never did nuthin for us. Just like how the bloggers and talkers, who used to call Rush Limbaugh a liar and a fraud, needed still another reason to denigrate HRC are now believing him absolutely.

Why? because he claims his ditto heads are voting for Hillary and one or two people call in to talk and say that indeed yes, they did.

Isn't it a blast that we are told thousands of Republicans love BO so much that they changed Parties to vote for him.

Amazing, isn't it how the story changes depending on which candidate they are talking about.

We all must stay in and keep fighting. Dig deep and all of us show her that our commitment equal to hers.

No Blood for Hubris said...

It's so crazy.

Demonize the best Democratic administration for decades, while genuflecting to the great legacy of Ronald Ray-gun?


lori said...

LOL - Someone was stating that no African Americans would vote if Clinton was the nominee. I pointed out that both she and Bill have long been in service to that community, and that she has more than earned their vote. The big tough boys swaggered out on to the playground to demand I tell them what the Clintons had ever done for African Americans.

So, Obama is going to declare himself the nominee - just like George Bush declared himself the winner of Florida and filed his suit with the Supreme Court on the basis that the recounts threatened his legitimacy. We are through the looking glass.

Nancy said...

anglachel, i'm scared. i know that makes me sound like a wimp but it's true; i'm seriously scared of the larger forces at work in this election.

i agree with koshembos's response to shystee's latest post at correntewire:

The issue is not of being pissed off. The issue is that we were rejected, our values disregarded, our past poopooed and our nemeses embraced. The Obamacans are history-less, they are not the continuation of Bill Clinton and even our “god” FDR, they are a new beginning. That, of course, is scary and reminisces of the worst regimes the world has seen. We have a history and tradition, we cannot turn the switch and fall in love with Obama. It’s over.

- “Not being jerks about it” solves exactly nothing. It’s not hurt feelings; it’s a hurt credo.

Obama intentionally and explicitly discards the FDR coalition which is the foundation of the Democratic party. Namely, he is a 3rd party candidate that is in the midst of a hostile take over of the Democratic party.

Anonymous said...

Hi Anglachel,
I'm away from the internet for most of the summer so I just check my email and your blog several times each week at the library. It is interesting to see this election from the point of view of a person who isn't connected to the internet, cable tv, or the political blogs. The script is basically the same. All I've heard on ABC and NBC when I'm watching television is that there is no chance for Hillary to win and she should drop out for the good of the party, blah, blah, blah. I'm living at home for the summer and my mother who knows little about politics and doesn't use the internet but she is also angry. She can even see that Hillary is being pressured to exit the race everytime she wins a primary. My mother is an example of most older women who might not know John Marshall but can see that the media and the Democratic establishment treat Clinton and her supporters unfairly. From the small amount of television I've been watching, it sounds like Hillary's campaign is dead which is exactly what the media, Obama, and DC establishment want Americans to believe.

Anonymous said...

Sorry, Josh Marshall not John Marshall. Apparently I've forgotten his name after a few weeks away from 24/7 internet access.

gendergappers said...

Cutepeachpanda and debi and all the others who see and hear the media and especially the Dems in Congress making like it's all over for Hillary - there's a reason.

They are doing this to dry up her campaign contributions. We who know her and support her will keep on giving what we can but there are others who are fooled by the media and the bullies of what I used to think was a Liberal, decent Party.

And what have these Dems done since they got the majority? Pelosi took impeachment off the table and the others have just bellied up to the trough.

The least they should do is not actively hurt her campaign.

With friends like those jerks who needs enemies.

orionATL said...


that was very eloquently said.


alibe said...

That is a brilliant way of putting it when Nance said that Obama is really leading a 3rd party hostile takeover of the Democratic Party. That is exactly right. And who would want the Democrats split? I always said that the next step for karl Rove was to get Democrats to stand in for Republicans, since he ruined the GOP Brand. They only had one recourse, get a Democrat to sell out. Why else is the media stroking the candidacy of Obama? Has that ever happened in our memory? It is apparent, Rove et al own both horses in this race. And it may be that Obama is the Chosen One by the Corporate media. I have to believe They want Obama to be the one to oversee the dismantling of the FDR society and replace it with the cold calculating republican view of a corporate disaster. It will be horrific. And just how will the true left be able to counter a coup from the "left"? Some change we will be in for!

Unknown said...

Nath, you say Ekki-ekki, I say Ni, let's call the whole thing off.

No, not you, Hillary! Not yet, please!

Common Sense Gram said...

God Help us all. Nance, I too am afraid- very, deathly afraid. Like I am in some nightmare and I can not wake up. What the hell has happened to my party? Who are these people who can not see the truth staring them in the face? What is going to happen to our country??
Being the person I am, I am preparing for the worst while working for the best. I phone for Hillary, donate what I can, try to help beat back the trolls on other sites. Convinced all my fellow workers to vote Hillary here in Pa.
Meanwhile, I am expanding my garden, tripling its size. We will have food this winter. If the best happens and Hillary is elected, I will have lots of canned goods to doante to the food bank. We are bringing our horses home, transportation if things get really bad. Buying staple dry goods and putting them aside.
I carry a dreadful weight of fear in my heart. If Obama steals the nomination, I think this country is headed to hell fast.
Work for the best, prepare for the worst. And if you are so inclined, pray without ceasing.

Unknown said...

" Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe..."
HG Wells. The Outline of Human History.

More and more throughout this primary season I have sought solace and refuge in the wisdom of history....I have sought refuge in the quiet of great thinkers. It has been painful to the point of distress to watch the political evisceration of Sen. Clinton and the political suicide of the party built by FDR. The steady march of FASCISM encroaches.
Obama will never win over the working class...
His followers forget that education is born both from what is taught in the classroom and what is learned from experience....

" The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil...
is for good men to do nothing..."
Edmund Burke. Letter to a friend