But George is a catholic boy with who grew up in Boston and they are (humility exercise) more advanced. If a lumberjack and a Boston catholic meet in the woods, on a scalp mission (rite of passage) then the only possible truly American denoument is me, very very bald.
Seee the innocence here?
I grew up in Detroit and Washington DC, - not Boston, - the son of irish immigrants. My Dad served in the Congress for 24 years - a Democrat ! - and we bounced between homes in the two cities during election years - Jesuit schools in both towns. Apart from a few visits, my only experience in Boston was a 90 day management course in Cambridge. I lived in nearby Newport for a year, but found that local accents changed significantly in just a few miles; the people a bit rude; and that some towns (Foxboro and Fall River come to mind) were truly significant concentrations of stupid, ugly people.
It isn't hard to parody any political party or its candidates. All it takes is the conviction that all its actions, proposals and programs are cynically designed and motivated by unrelated, self-serving factors. In most cases this is easily plausible, given the venality and ambition that necessarily infect democratis processes. A truly discriminating mind looks instead to the central tendencies of the actions and proposals of the contending parties, and then at the central challenges of the day to decide which will likely do less harm. In the case at hand the choice is fairly easy.
Turn your colorful lens from the Republicans to the Democrats; arm yourself with similar prejudices; and you will get an even sadder picture of deceit, illusion and hubris, replete with cynical payoffs and contempt for those whom they pretend to "protect".
Hard to believe that Aristea would fall for that stuff given the unfolding drama in Europe and collapsing illusions of Keynesian, and her evident economic interests.
I'm glad to see that you remain your self - slightly forced whimsey and soaring, colorful expression; and that the months (years ?) since your last appearance here have been good for you and Jane. We really should meet - perhaps for a good Italian meal and a couple of bottles of Barolo! Are you still in Oregon?