Will Durst
Will Durst

Facts are stubborn things

By - Oct 13th, 2010 04:00 am

What’s important? God, flag, family, kittens, and rainbows, of course.

Thank you ladies, gentlemen and prospective donors, remote viewing audiences, readers, tweeters, and other platform attendees for joining me in standing here as your candidate for elected office.

It is with extreme pride that I accept your mandate/challenge/double-dog dare, and I hereby promise/guarantee/secretly doubt that I will represent you to the best of my ability with everything in my heart and soul and man purse.

I’m sure you want to know what I stand for, and I will reveal my positions just as soon as you let me know what’s important to you. What springs to mind: God, flag, family, kittens, rainbows. I’m for all things good and opposed to everything that’s bad. Ladies and gentlemen and heavy contributors, you can count on me to stay that way as long as you return me to office, or until a better offer in the private sector rolls around.

In the future, we simply can’t afford my opponent’s onerous tax schemes, reckless social security reform, callow inexperience, life-long record as a career politician. Let me assure you that I believe in his/ her/ their right to say bad things about this country, city, state. I just don’t happen to agree with him, her, whatever.

If circumstances/ poll numbers/my extortion trial verdict were different and he/ she/ they weren’t advocating we push old people/ children/veterans into the path of a steaming locomotive, I would be the first to defend their right to say whatever irresponsible things he/ she/ they believed in, didn’t believe in or heard from a unicorn was true.

Because in this great country, ladies and gentlemen and 527 administrators, everyone is entitled to their own opinion no matter how foolish or downright treasonous it may be.

It’s a little thing called free speech. A  tenet that makes this country totally kick- ass. Sometimes, however, free speech can lead to disorder, duplicity, and lawsuits. We all know people who would be better off keeping their big mouths shut. You know it and I know it, and I’m sure our Founding Fathers knew it too.

And my opponent is one of those who needs his/her/their lips closed, ladies and gentlemen and focus group participants, with their baseless accusations, frivolous charges, and grand jury testimony. Because the way things are today, tomorrow and yesterday, in good conscience I just can’t stand here and there and everywhere and let this continue, persist, carry on my wayward son.

The stakes are too high. The times too important. The truth too vital and expedient and slippery and not something you can just waltz around and pretend its not there like a homeless person. As Ronald Reagan, JFK and Bossa Nova once said, “facts are stubborn things.”

And you know what else is stubborn ladies, gentlemen and corporate lobbyists? You are. As am I, and I’m hoping you go to the polls on November 2nd and do do that voodoo that you do so well. Thank you for your support, donation, disdain.

Will Durst is a San Francisco based political columnist who often tells jokes. On stage. Catch him October 23 at the Arts Center in Oconomowoc.

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