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A Letter To My Daughter

A PumkinHead in the White House

A Real Bad Day For Witchcraft

A Real Reason To Vote

A Time for War, a Time for Peace and a Time to Browse the Bookstore

A Wonderful Piece of News

The Aftermath of Columbine High School

Beating A Not-So-Hasty Retreat

Behind Enemy Lines

Breakfast Will Be Served In Fifteen Minutes...

Building a Circle of Trust

But What Will People Think?

By Their Furniture, Ye Shall Know Them

Caution: Restricted Area

Cleaning Out The Junk Drawer

Community Power Who Holds it?

Community Thoughts on Tempest Smith

Compelling without the Yelling

Confessions of a News Junkie

The Consistancy of Change...

Control-F

Coping with Grief

Cramming It Down Our Throats...

Damned if you do and Damned if you don't

Declaring Your Personal Independence Day

Did Your World Change Too?

Dreaming in The Dark...

There is No Zuul

There's a Rabbit In The Moon...

Excavating the Dinosaur Altar

Fair Use, Copyright and the Pagan Net

Feeding Our Young

The First Day

Gather 'Round The Fire

Getting Back To Nature

Getting Back To Normal

Getting Rid of What Bugs You

Gifts That Keep On Giving...

The Giving Circle

Gods In A China Shop...

Good And Evil: In The Shadow Of Littleton And The Garden Of The Gods.

Good Will Toward Men

The Great Hamster Myth

Happy Beltaine!

Happy Brigid's Day Everyone!

The Heart of A Mechanic

Helping Hands

Helping Our Own

Hidden Hatred Haunts Pagans

Home is Where the Spirit Is

Homosexuality and Public Policy

The Household of Priests and Priestesses

If The Hissy Fits

In A Mirror Darkly...

In Your Dreams

The Internet Reaches beyond Washington

It All Happens Locally

It Is Your Destiny

It's Maypole Week 'Round the World

It's Tribal Time!

January Arrives Wearing A White Coat

Judging Amy -- Wren's Thoughts

Killed a Goat Today

Knot Charming

Learning How To Fly

Life With Mikey

Listening To The Story

Listening To The Woods

Living In A Banana Republic

Living Through A Drought

Logging On and Speaking Out!

The Long and Short Of It

The Love of Ordinary Things

Mabon... a Man for all Seasons

Magick's Arrow

Mamas, Don't let your Babies...

The Media Story Is Often Not The True One

Mercury Has Left the Building

Minding Your News P's and Q's

Mixed Blessings


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A PumkinHead in the White House

Author: Wren
Posted: February 6th. 1999
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I was sitting here this morning listening to XTC when it hit me. A few lines from the "Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead" by Andy Partridge refused to leave my mind. As I hummed them under my breath, I finally got it. The reason that the Republicans hate Bill Clinton so much.

Energized by the impeachment win in the House yesterday, the Christian Coalition already has plans in the works to blanket the country with pro-resignation fliers and phone calls to the Senators who hold Clinton's eventual fate in their hands. Why are they so vehement-even nasty-when it comes to this particular President?

In fact, Bill Clinton should be their darling boy. (Well, as much as any Democrat could ever be a staunch Republican's poster child, anyway.) Clinton isn't one of those damned liberals after all.. He is a moderate who has voted for many of the things that allow Republicans to sleep all warm and cozy in their Lucy/Desi-esque properly chaste twin beds at night.*

Bill Clinton voted for increased police support, anti-street crime measures and has even gone so far as to bomb a non-Christian nation for them. So what gives?

In the words of "The Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead" perhaps lies at least a partial answer.**

Peter comes to town preaching acceptance, love and toleration. ("Any kind of love is alright.") But he ends up being tied to a chunk of wood in a very archetypal manner. No big surprise. It's happened before. And by the same sort of people, too.

One of Bill Clinton's big 'offenses" is that the Republicans can't beat him in a fair fight. Clinton has covered himself by promoting just about every cause popular with the majority of the American people-education, health care reform, equal rights and good financial management. And although no one would ever accuse Al Gore of abusing his natural animal magnetism to unfair advantage, Clinton's V.P. has nevertheless covered the environmental angle.

What the Republicans really can't stand about Bill Clinton is that he-much more than they-is someone that we can identify with.

Clinton isn't out there preaching that only certain types of love are acceptable. He isn't bemoaning what is wrong with our nation, but constantly emphasizing what is right with it. Clinton is not a gloom and doom kind of guy waiting for an imaginary apocalypse to free us from this evil world. Clinton prefers to see the good in people rather than the worst. The President is an almost idealized concept of an optimist who believes that as long as we are here, we might as well try to make it the best world that we can.

Most of us appreciate that. Because in the end, we, too, would like to believe that we are people who-though we are often flawed and all too human- struggle each day to make the world a little better than how we found it.

Clinton just seems more like one of us. He actually has facial expressions. He plays the sax. He eats at fast food restaurants and struggles with weight gain as a result. He gets all red in the face as he jogs around the block. He even makes bad choices when it comes to picking out which tie to wear for the cameras.

I don't think anyone would call him a saint. And that is the number one reason that the Republicans hate him so very much. He isn't a saint at all. Neither are we.

As Andy points out in the song, "He made too many enemies... Of the people who would keep us on our knees.."

And all the while that the Christian Coalition driven lemmings in our government have been harping on the fact that only a saint can run this country effectively, Bill Clinton has been proving them wrong.

And the Righteous Republicans really, really hate that.

Walk in Light and Love,


December 20th, 1998
The Witches' Voice
Clearwater, Florida



NOTES:

*-For those of another generation, tv shows in the "old days" protected the morals of the viewing public by not showing married couples actually sleeping in the same bed.

** Lyrics to "The Ballad of Peter Pumkinhead" by Andy Partridge:(From the CD "Nonsuch" by the band XTC (c) 1992)

    Peter Pumpkinhead came to town,
    Spreading wisdom and cash around,
    Fed the starving and housed the poor,
    Showed the Vatican what gold is for...

    But he made too many enemies
    Of the people who would keep us on our knees.
    Hooray for Peter Pumpkin!
    Who'll pray for Peter Pumpkinhead?


    Peter Pumpkinhead pulled them all
    Emptied churches and shopping malls.
    Where he spoke, it would raise the roof.
    Peter Pumpkinhead told the truth.

    Peter Pumpkinhead put to shame
    Governments who would slur his name.
    Plots and sex scandals failed outright.
    Peter merely said,
    "Any kind of love is alright!"

    Peter Pumpkinhead was too good
    Had him nailed to a chunk of wood.
    He died grinning on live TV,
    Hanging there he looked a lot like you...

    And an awful lot like me!

    But he made too many enemies
    Of the people who would keep us on our knees.
    Hooray for Peter Pumpkin!
    Who'll pray for Peter Pumpkinhead?
    Hooray for Peter Pumpkin!







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