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This past week, Michael Savage, the Savage of the “Savage Nation” radio show, published a poem on his website.

The teflon swan

The teflon swan spoke. The right-wing fever broke.

Scandals come and scandals go. The vandals sail through the gates.

“Too smooth, too cool to be guilty,” say the ducks as the swan swam on.

 

Savage’s on-air comments made it very clear that the swan is President Obama. After overcoming my shock that such a progressive swan could even have a right wing, (I’d assumed it had been amputated at Columbia, along with the rest of his records,) I rebelled against Savage’s portrayal of cygnus behaviors. “Too cool” is a description that is for the birds; it is as bad as my intended pun. I have responded with a poem of my own—

Swans do not make silky speeches.

They are Loud. Aggressive. Trumpeters.

Trumpeting and Neck-bobbing,

they establish their territory;

Intolerant of competition in their nesting area,

they will kill.

Observed an interval apart,

they convey a sense of peace, an exotic beauty.

Swan sham! It is a ruse.

Affronted, their wings beat a flurry of crosswinds.

Pecking, preying, flapping, fighting

they out-compete the native birds.

Although young cygnets begin life fairly low on the food chain, once the swans mature to flight stage they survive most natural predators. It is not because they are smooth, cool, or admired, however. It is because when they are offended, they flap their wings to make themselves look larger. They peck and bite, their long necks giving them the advantage of extended reach. Swans are such defensive fighters that many golf courses will buy a pair of swans for their water hazards simply to help keep the Canadian geese away.
Perhaps Dr. Savage was showing how those who heard the speeches were so mesmerized they’d ‘duck’ their duty. That is a possibility. But I am inclined to believe the swan swims on because of intimidation most fowl.

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Source links
Swan Song (2010) Thumbnail of painting by Rachel Rolseth, http://rachelrolseth.com/
The Teflon Swan (2013) Poem by Michael Savage, http://www.michaelsavage.wnd.com/2013/05/the-teflon-swan/
Research on swan behavior:
Metroparks Zoo, http://www.clemetzoo.com/rttw/swan/behavior.htm
Newton, http://www.newton.dep.anl.gov/askasci/zoo00/zoo00240.htm

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In a statement about the tyranny of the Internal Revenue Service, Obama declared that “Americans have a right to be angry about it, and I’m angry about it.”

 

This is BIG NEWS. The head of the Executive Branch has announced that there is a Right to be Angry.  Will someone please let me know where this is codified? The Federal Government usually uses the Commerce Clause of the Constitution to justify rights that were not previously enumerated, so does this mean that my right to be angry applies only to someone across the state line?

 

Will someone please tell me if this is a natural right or a fundamental right? Apparently not all rights are equal rights, and I am struggling to understand how the right to be angry could be politically correct. Yet, simple deductive logic would show it must be a PC right because none other than Mr. Obama himself has said so.

 

I am glad to see the President is exercising his right to anger. This will go a long way in modifying the stodgy old mores of society.  Not that long ago, only radical groups and inner city gangs routinely displayed anger in public. I am sure that with the President’s endorsement of such a powerful emotion, the Untied States will flourish. (BTW, there is no spelling error in that last sentence.) Soon, folks everywhere will be angrier than ever before.

 

In the past, many people bad-mouthed the God of the Old Testament for using lightning, thundering, earthquakes, plagues, and other displays of anger.  At long last, the President is ruling with a rod of irony.

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