Framing the Dialogue

S.S. Minnow Politics

rendell and obamaIf you are my age and you had a television, you probably grew up watching Gilligan’s Island.  I always thought that MaryAnn was more attractive than Ginger.  The series showed the exploits of a ship-wrecked crew of the S.S. Minnow as they tried to get off of a deserted island.  The two main characters were Gilligan, the bumbling first mate, and the Skipper, the experienced sea captain.  The Skipper was always mentoring (and that is before the term “mentor” was really mainstream) Gilligan to be a better seaman.

Believe it or not, I was reminded of this show after reading about recent political events, however, the roles are reversed and the Skipper is schooled by Gilligan.  In my story I would like Gilligan to be called Barack and the Skipper will be named Ed.  It seems that Ed could learn a lot from Barack even though Ed is more experienced in politics. 

Ed likes to take money from the citizens of Obama’s Isle and give it to his friends, but the nasty natives (played by the Pennsylvania Republicans) are making him tax his artist friends to balance the state budget.  He is now being harangued because he has to agree to the tax measures even though it will probably hurt his friends.  Ed tells his friends to “remind them this was a Senate Republican proposal.”  Ed does not really like the Republicans because they came up with the first tax increase that he did not like. 

Barack comes upon a discouraged Ed sitting near the fishing pond and says, “Hey big buddy, why the long face?”  Ed shook his head and explain his problem.  Barack chuckled and told Ed not to worry as he had a plan.  “We could just give your friends National Endowment for the Arts (“NEA”) money to help them out and they can do us some favors.” Barack explained.  Ed was excited and said, “You mean that we can take tax money and give it to my friends and they will do favors for us?  I would have never thought of that.” 

Barack then explained how they could then “suggest” that their friends create “art” that would support their ideas and policies.  “It’s brilliant” claimed Ed, “we can get free publicity to help implement our plans.  Maybe our friends can make the nasty Republicans look bad too?”  Barack patted Ed on the head, lit a cigarette and said, “They have been working on that for free for many years my big buddy!”

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