Republican Debates – Roman Games or Death Duel


by Allen L Roland


While briefly watching the Republican so-called debate, I felt I was watching the Roman games or a death duel ~ with the crowd giving a thumbs up or thumbs down to various talking points between Romney and Perry along with six other participants who will most likely never be president

The Republican Debates deserve good satire and derision. Saturday Night Live is most certainly up to this simple task ~ especially with the abundance of material that is now available. For instance, Some of the Republican presidential candidates call Social Security a “Ponzi scheme.” Some of them boast, to thunderous applause, about how many executions they’ve overseen and some of them stand smug and comfortable as their debate crowd boos a gay soldier serving in Iraq. Most of them, with the exception of Congressman Ron Paul, deserve to be ridiculed and laughed at ~ as Mark Twain well knew.

Thomas Friedman, NY Times, sets the stage by nailing the duplicity of both parties in trying to reach a grand bargain ~ “If between now and November 2012 all we are going to have from our two parties is a death duel, not a grand bargain ~ Republicans blaming Obama for the bad economy and Obama running on how crazy the GOP has become ~ we will pay a very, very dear price.”

And that price we are already paying ~ but first let’s watch the GOP debate between Romney, Perry and the other six people who will most likely never be president through the satirical eyes of Saturday Night Live ~ 3 Minute Video ( Courtesy of Theresa Poulson National Journal September 26, 2011 )

“ The political and commercial morals of the United States are not merely food for laughter, they are an entire banquet “ ~ Mark Twain in Eruption

About the Author: Allen L Roland is a Freelance Alternative Press Online columnist. He is also a practicing psychotherapist, author and lecturer who also shares a daily political and social commentary on his web site at He also guest hosts a Truthtalk, a national radio show that airs monthly. He is available for comments, interviews, speaking engagements and private consultations via email at [email protected].

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