Saturday, February 4, 2017

Pat Paulsen for President

("The Smothers Brothers: Laughing at Hard Truths")

His Wikipedia page describes this television personality turned Presidential candidate's platform as "Obvious lies, double talk and tongue in cheek attacks". And his standard response to criticism of his often less than accurate positions: "picky, picky, picky."

Pat Paulsen would run for President on many occasions between 1968 and 1996. Maybe his was the birthplace of Donald Trump's idea to run for the highest office in the land, his own brand of unintended comedy now with far too serious consequences.

It is a sad commentary on the history of this nation that the Smothers Brothers was forced off the air by powerful forces wishing to quash political dissent. And as we watch the actions of this administration try to emasculate a critical media, could not there be a similar fate awaiting this generation's version of that show?

"Where have you gone Pat Paulsen? A nation turns it's lonely eyes to you? Woo, woo, woo.
What's that you say Mrs. Conway, picky Pat has left and gone away, hey, hey, hey, hey, hey, hey."

Watch his announcement, on the reunion show of the Smothers Brothers, of his candidacy for the 1988 election. It will make you laugh. And cry.

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