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Parody As a Weapon Part VI
Albert Constantine Jr. 9/14/2021 11:01 AM


In Part I,  there was a discussion of the Alinsky rule on ridicule which states: "Ridicule is man's most potent weapon. There is no defense. It is almost impossible to counterattack ridicule. Also, it infuriates the opposition, who then react to your advantage."  

 

  Part II  discussed some of the limits of parody and mockery, and the limits of its effectiveness on those incapable of feeling shame.

 

 In Part III, the song and video from the Billy Joel hit “Goodnight Saigon” served as the basis of a parody of Biden’s deadly Afghanistan Follies.

 

 In Part IV we looked at the history of Joe Biden’s prevarications through the speaker as Billy Joel’s “We Didn’t Start the Fire” provided the musical template for a brief summary of Biden as a fabulist.

 

In Part V,  we examined the abandonment by the Biden administration of Americans this week to the whims of the once-defeated enemy in Afghanistan. We did it through the television theme song that would play at the beginning in the mid 1960’s series ‘Branded”. 

 

This week, in Part VI, the news regarding Joe Biden’s telephone call with the now former Afghan President Ashraf Ghani in July of 2021 will be discussed. A transcript leaked last week of the conversation in which the current occupant of the White House, when informed of the likelihood of Taliban re-conquest of Afghanistan sooner rather than later, insisted that a more positive message regarding the status of the conflict be reported.

 

As Ashraf Ghani was educated in the US and worked at the World Bank before returning to Afghanistan, renouncing his US citizenship and running for President there, he was no doubt familiar with the value of a guarantee or promise from Joe Biden. The following month, as his country was collapsing around him, he abandoned his office and country and sought asylum in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). This is controversy over whether arrived in the UAE with hundreds of millions in cash, or was forced to abandon suitcases full of them prior to boarding the aircraft out of Afghan airspace (though he has denied this, and one expects that a former academic, economist and international banker might know something about bearer bonds, hawalas or even a Green Dot Visa card). What appears clear though is that Biden ignored warnings about the danger of a swift Taliban victory and solicited Ghani to mislead the American public and our allies about the circumstances on the ground there.

 

While the transcript of the call did not contain the music, I could not help but imagine the old Harry Belafonte* standard entitled “The Banana Boat Song” when I learned of the conversation. Though several sports stadiums over the past weekend are reported to have featured a new chant aimed at the current occupant of the White House, the strains of “Day Oh, Daaaay Oh” from the old calypso song have been used at many for years to rally the fans.

 

As the 20th anniversary of the attacks on the Pentagon and the World Trade Center along with the loss of the aircraft in Shanksville are remembered on Saturday, September 11, one should  recall that days before Al Qaeda turned our own passenger aircraft in guided missiles to strike American targets, Biden opened a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing with a statement that included the following: “In my view, the threat from anonymously delivered biological weapons and from emerging infectious disease simply dwarfs the threat that we will be attacked by a Third World ICBM with a return address.” 

 

Not only was Biden wrong about everything except the non-ballistic nature of the weapon used, but in his remaining seven years as a senator and eight as vice-president, did little to prepare for the threat he was describing there, which ironically was an anonymous bioterror attack using a flu-like virus to cripple the US.

 

Instead of dwelling on how 81 million ballots could have been cast for someone who has been so wrong so often about so much, and thinking about how it must have sounded as one corrupt figurehead leader of a country tried to warn another corrupt figurehead of impending doom, concentrate on the calypso beat, and sing along with the former professor and banker now out of work in the UAE:

 

Hey Joe! He-e-ey Joe!

Taliban come and I flee-a my home

Hey, I say, I say  Hey, I say Hey, I say Hey, I say Hey Joe

Taliban come and I flee-a my home

 

Worked in U.S. and I taught in school

Taliban come and I flee-a my home

U.S. chase Taliban so I can rule

Taliban come and I flee-a my home

Joe calls them “tolly bon”, like Barack Obama

Taliban come and I flee-a my home

Joe calls them “tolly bon”, like Barack Obama

Taliban come and I flee-a my home

 

Lift six mill, seven mill, eight million

Taliban come and I flee-a my home

Six mill, seven mill, eight million

Taliban come and I flee-a my home

Hey, I say Hey Joe

Taliban come and I flee-a my home

Hey, I say, I say  Hey, I say Hey, I say Hey, I say Hey Joe

Taliban come and I flee-a my home

 

A beautiful bunch of war equipment

Taliban come and I flee-a my home

Taliban come and take the shipment

Taliban come and I flee-a my home)

Lift six mill, seven mill, eight million

Taliban come and I flee-a my home

Six mill, seven mill, eight million

Taliban come and I flee-a my home

 

Hey, I say Hey Joe

Taliban come and I flee-a my home

Hey, I say, I say  Hey, I say Hey, I say Hey, I say Hey Joe

Taliban come and I flee-a my home

Joe calls them “tolly bon”, like Barack Obama

Taliban come and I flee-a my home

Joe calls them “tolly bon”, like Barack Obama

Taliban come and I flee-a my home

Hey Joe, He-e-ey Joe

Taliban come and I flee-a my home

Hey, I say, I say  Hey, I say Hey, I say Hey, I say Hey Joe

Taliban come and I left-a my home

 

 

*Though Harry Belafonte has often been described as a civil rights activist, his remarks about Condaleeza Rice suggest instead that he was a befuddled bigot and race-baiter, which means one of his songs is well-matched with Joe Biden.



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Albert Constantine Jr.
Albert Constantine Junior is the pseudonym of a Delaware native who grew up in the county council district once briefly represented by Joe Biden, and has followed the antics of the current occupant of the White House since that campaign. A fellow alumnus of the University of Delaware, following graduation, Albert spent the next few years on active duty with the United States Marine Corps, and the decade that followed in reserve status while pursuing a career in law enforcement that lasted more than thirty years in the state of his birth. As military and criminal justice policy is intertwined with politics, Albert has had the opportunity to observe and participate in this process as well at the state, local and national level, and occasionally feels the need to comment and opine on the issues of the day and historical events that have brought our country to the precarious point where it can currently be found. These observations and opinions are based on this knowledge and experience and are Albert's alone, and do not necessarily represent the viewpoints of any other family member or other Delaware resident (though it is unlikely that many will have a better recollection of events or facts that contradict most assertions).




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