Framing the Dialogue

Chutzpah (chut-spə)

The dictionary defines Chutzpah as:

  1. Utter nerve; effrontery
  2. shameless audacity; impudence
  3. unbelievable gall; insolence; audacity
  4. the trait of being rude and impertinent; inclined to take liberties

Synonyms:  audaciousness, audacity, brashness, brass, brassiness, brazenness, cheek, cheekiness, effrontery, gall, nerve, nerviness, pertness, presumption, presumptuousness, sauce, sauciness, temerity

“Chutzpah,that quality which enables a man who has murdered his mother and father to throw himself on the mercy of the court as an orphan.”

— Oscar Levant

Blogging is often a way for me to blow off steam.  I love politics, but most people do not want to hear about it, unfortunately.  That’s how we ended up with the Joker in the White House and his minions dispersed throughout our government.  Good luck the the next resident of the Oval Office who has to ferret out all of the harm they have done.  When I heard these words spoken by President Obama my blood pressure per near boiled over at his Chutzpah and perhaps worse the main stream media’s further plunge into irrelevance because they don’t call him on it,

“You’ve got a right to be frustrated.  I am.  Because you deserve better.  I don’t think it’s too much for you to expect that the people you send to this town start delivering.  Members of Congress are at home in their districts right now.  And if you agree with me – whether you’re a Democrat or a Republican or not much of a fan of either – let them know.”

– – BHO (Weekly Radio Address)

The following examples are of Obama’s commitment to the ideals of bipartisanship, fairness, and the good of the country…

Example 1:  We deserve better during the debt ceiling debates:

“”We’ve got to get it done. It is not an option not to do it…I want to be entirely clear, no one wants default on the full faith and credit of the United States government, and I’m convinced that we will not…One of the questions the Republican Party is going to have to ask itself is, ‘Can they say yes to anything?'”

Example 2:  Republicans won’t give me what I want.

“The only reason this balanced approach isn’t on its way to becoming law right now is because a significant number of Republicans in Congress are insisting on a cuts-only approach – an approach that doesn’t ask the wealthiest Americans or biggest corporations to contribute anything at all. And because nothing is asked of those at the top of the income scales, such an approach would close the deficit only with more severe cuts to programs we all care about – cuts that place a greater burden on working families.”

Example 3:  Republicans get to the back of the bus.

“Republicans had driven the economy into a ditch and then stood by and criticized while Democrats pulled it out. Now that progress has been made, we can’t have special interests sitting shotgun. We gotta have middle class families up in front. We don’t mind the Republicans joining us. They can come for the ride, but they gotta sit in back.”

Example 4:  Chicago Politics!

““If you get hit, we will punch back twice as hard,”

Example 5:  Ryan’s ambush.

“This is the same guy that voted for two wars that were unpaid for, voted for the Bush tax cuts that were unpaid for, voted for the prescription drug bill that cost as much as my healthcare bill — but wasn’t paid for.  So it’s not on the level.”

Example 6:  The classic…It’s all Bush’s fault.

“It turns out we don’t have to do anything radical to solve this problem. Contrary to what some folks say, we’re not Greece, we’re not Portugal. It turns out that our problem is we cut taxes without paying for them over the last decade. We ended up instituting new programs, like a prescription drug program for seniors that was not paid for.”

Example 7:  Let’s make fun of the woman and the old guy.

“You know, you can put lipstick on a pig, but it’s still a pig.”

“You can wrap an old fish in a piece of paper called ‘change.’ It’s still gonna stink after eight years.”

And these are just off the top of my head!

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