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Obama, Romney And A Dead Cat

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  I couldn't watch the   debates.   Those two guys should just   sing a song in unison, "Everything you can do, I can do better" No, you   can't, yes, I can., etc..etc".

It was the reaction   of the MSM that bothered me;   I felt a smell of a dead cat.

The cat comes from the book by Lyons Feuchtwanger "Arms For America'- the great   historical novel, practically unknown in the US.   In that book Feuchtwanger tells a story about   Benjamin Franklin and his first mission to Paris as   a Representative   of the Continental Congress, his efforts to sign a treaty with France and the great help   provided to America by the   notorious and famous Pierre Baumarchet, the adventurer, arms dealer and   a literary genius, author   of the   immortal comedy "Marriage of Figaro'. For the record, it was   Baumarchet, who    devised a plan   by which   French government could use his name to   send   arms   and munitions to   Americans.   He wanted to sell those arms for profit and guarantee   the delivery   of American spices and   sugar to France. In   a long run he never got anything   back but his debts were   covered by   French taxpayers which contributed to already    catastrophic situation   of   then French   budget.

The book is   marvelous, full of   wit,   brilliant characteristics and   historical narratives. It sparkles like  a wine. It is also dedicated to Ben Franklin; he is a protagonist and   the level of respect and even love towards great Ben is overwhelming.    "Behold   the man,"- says about him the French Prime-Minister Maurepat and that's how we see   him- the   first American, famous   on both sides of the Ocean.

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Franklin came to France in a very   tough period   for the US revolution: the British were winning on all fronts and even Philadelphia was taken. It was   a matter of life and death to achieve a treaty with   the French, gain their military support and a sizable loan. Meanwhile Congress could not offer anything to the potential ally except   for the   slim   promises of   preferential sugar trading after   the victory .   Franklin was sent    on a mission from    Hell.

But he succeeded immensely. Not only he secured the good     rapport with the French government- he   became a celebrity in   Paris and was the first foreigner in the   18th Century    granted full membership   in the French Academy.   His portrait was exhibited in Versailles, his   bust   was there too, he was called   "An old man   in an orchard' because   he lived in a beautiful orchard. All was well except for one thing- the French King, Louis the 16th   hated him and   could   not stand him.

The young King (he was barely 23 at that time)   was very pious and   he could not approve in his soul any dealings and especially   treaties   with the people who   revolted against his English cousin thus   openly violating the   Divine   principles of governing by monarchy. He even contemplated at one point   to offer England   the French   fleet as a help. But his ministers were obsessed with the chance to pay England back   for   the previous    misfortunes and they pushed and pushed him; even the Queen Antoinette   was insisting on that treaty. Louis got really angry, announced that he would   not even consider such a   thing and in a paroxysm- imprisoned Baumarchet as a crook who   tried to involve the French Crown in his shadowy deals.

He   then   proceeded to his mechanical shop in Versailles. Yes, the King had a hobby making locks and other instruments. He was just working there when   he got irritated by a cat meowing.   Louis was sill angry, so he threw a   piece of iron at the cat and hit it. In the morning his valet reported that   the cat died and that it was not just some cat but   the beloved pet of Madame   Maurepat, the wife of His Prime-Minister. The King   felt   very guilty and    offered his sincere apologies. But cunning   Maurepat did not want to let it go. He pretended to be devastated and   complained that His Majesty was already rather unpopular   and that such horrible act could   tarnish   the Crown's reputation in the eyes   of the aristocracy. He   advised to sign the treaty with America and   recognize    the US   diplomatically. He also advised to   let Baumarchet   go and allow to stage his   new comedy   in the   Comedy Francaise theater. The King    got tired   from   arguing. He signed everything. He only sighed ,'All of that for   this one dead cat.'

That way according   to Feuchtwanger,   US revolution owes   gratitude to   Ben Franklin and   the dead cat.

What is OK with the Jupiter is not OK with the Bull. The brilliant   irony of     the great writer is a fully justified   literary   method; that's how   the great books are written. The similar   speculation   by the MSM about a real current even is pathetic. They want to convince us   that     what Obama said or how he said   or what and how Romney said his   nonsense could have a crucial   influence on who will   be a President. They chew and chew on   meaningless phrases, semi-thoughts and    disgusting    lack of any cultural   heritage of   both sides; only they call that strategy, connecting   with the people and new body language. They   salivate on whether Romney   used the   word  "binder' or when Obama used the word "terror' as if they don't know that our   zombies   never use their own words; they say what   they are told to say and that is very tightly controlled.

Our MSM   is vulgar. They are not just sellouts- they are lazy and mean. They   look like overfed vampires. They do   not hesitate to declare themselves being a pack of jackals   fed by the leftovers of the powerful.   If we compare then to any of the characters   described in that book they would not   qualify even   to shine Baumarchet's shoes.   What a coven of lazy bums!

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No, there wasn't a   dead cat in that   debate hall; it was filled with   dead people, millions of them. The people we killed in Iraq and Afghanistan, our own   soldiers and civilians, the dead young poet   from  OWS,   JFK, RFK and   MLK, Rachel Corrie, dead British officials, killed   to cover up the ugly story   of the British alliance in Iraq, dead journalists and dead children of Belgrade. If  they could come alive just for a moment, I doubt that Romney and Obama would    be able to   answer their questions. It was a town hall after all.

It was   not worthy to watch those debates.   I   turned off the   TV, pulled out the   book "Arms For America' and   opened it in the middle.   The episode was   about   Franklin being called 'The Man whom Diogenes found at last.' That Greek philosopher   walked   down the streets   with a slogan, 'I am in search of a man.' And guess what- he found   the Man at last. That man was Ben Franklin.   What would he   had   said if he could peek through the centuries and see   those two zombies, I wonder?


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