Kunstler’s New Meme

by Jason Peters on July 31, 2009 · 7 comments <span>Print this article</span> Print this article

in Short

“Change you can believe in” has morphed into “a status quo you will bend heaven and earth to hold onto.” See it here.

The line isn’t rhythmic, but it packs a punch with its parallel prepositions–and, I’m afraid, its accuracy.

We could have a little contest here to improve upon it. Call it “Variations on a Meme.”

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avatar Caleb Stegall August 4, 2009 at 5:12 pm

Literal morphing:

Cue “Aha!” Novice been lying.

Lying Beau. Cocain, even he.

Go achieve nuance byline.

Gauche, enviable. Coin, Yen.

Belay invoice! Hence, a gun.

avatar John Médaille August 4, 2009 at 9:46 pm

Barack Obama has been sucked in and suckered. Yes, and this will lead to his failure, and that not far off. The change does consist is shoring up the status quo, and hoping that “green jobs” will restore our manufacturing.

What I most fear is the rise of fascism when he fails. I think the brownshirts (tea-shirts?) are already organizing for this.

avatar Weasly Pilgrim August 5, 2009 at 7:12 am

Cue “Aha!” Novice been lying.

Lying Beau. Cocain, even he.

Go achieve nuance byline.

Gauche, enviable. Coin, Yen.

Belay invoice! Hence, a gun.

Is that a Dylan lyric?

Anyway, how about this paltry effort at a rhyming couplet:

Here I am, and here I’ll sit.

Neither heaven nor hell will move me a bit.

It’s kind of Suessian, no?

That sentiment eventually leads to this, the final couplet of Horace Smith’s poem “On A Stupendous Leg of Granite, Discovered Standing by Itself in the Deserts of Egypt, with the Inscription Inserted Below” (rather a mouthful, when the original title was “Ozymandias”):

…What powerful but unrecorded race

Once dwelt in that annihilated place.

avatar Weasly Pilgrim August 5, 2009 at 7:15 am

Gah! These comment boxes are not suited for typesetting poetry. Forgive me the awful presentation.

avatar Caleb Stegall August 5, 2009 at 8:24 am

“Is that a Dylan lyric?”

Could be. But need a dog barking and some thunder thrown in.

Actually, each line is an anagram of “Change you can believe in”

Not an easy phrase for anagraming. No ‘s’ or ‘r’ or ‘t’.

Last one is my favorite, though all a bit cryptic.

avatar rex August 7, 2009 at 11:02 pm

“The Republicans and the Democrats are Tweedledum and Tweedledee.”

Ralph Nader

“America has a one party, the business party with two factions – Republican and Democrat.”

Noam Chomsky

Neither author has any cred on the Front Porch, perhaps they should.

avatar Bruce Smith August 17, 2009 at 10:55 am

Common Good Mechanisms at the Right Market Level.

Human beings have got themselves in a mess by putting too much faith in the individualism of the markets over the last few hundred years. Now they are starting to understand they should have been putting in place at the right location level effective mechanisms for ensuring the common good in those markets.

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