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The Standoff: The House and Obama

Friday, October 11, 2013 By Lee R. Haven, Truthout | Writing
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“I’m going to kill you.”
“Uh, why?”
“I don’t like you and what you stand for.”
“But a lot of people think I’m OK, or at least they tolerate me.”
“They're crazy too. I’m going to shoot you. That will be the method.”
“But that’d be against the law.”
“OK, let’s negotiate.”
“What?”
“I won’t kill you. I’ll maim an arm. Which arm do you prefer?”
“You’re giving me a choice of which arm to lose and somehow there’s a victory in there for me?”
“Damn, you drive a hard bargain. I’ll shoot you in the foot. Wait---a toe only. You have to go along with that. It’s fair.”
“Fair?”
“You get to live and keep most of your body intact.”
“I don’t think you should be shooting me at all. In fact, I insist on it.”
“You are so unreasonable. See, everyone!! He won’t come to the table!”

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The Standoff: The House and Obama

Friday, October 11, 2013 By Lee R. Haven, Truthout | Writing
  • font size decrease font size decrease font size increase font size increase font size
  • Print

“I’m going to kill you.”
“Uh, why?”
“I don’t like you and what you stand for.”
“But a lot of people think I’m OK, or at least they tolerate me.”
“They're crazy too. I’m going to shoot you. That will be the method.”
“But that’d be against the law.”
“OK, let’s negotiate.”
“What?”
“I won’t kill you. I’ll maim an arm. Which arm do you prefer?”
“You’re giving me a choice of which arm to lose and somehow there’s a victory in there for me?”
“Damn, you drive a hard bargain. I’ll shoot you in the foot. Wait---a toe only. You have to go along with that. It’s fair.”
“Fair?”
“You get to live and keep most of your body intact.”
“I don’t think you should be shooting me at all. In fact, I insist on it.”
“You are so unreasonable. See, everyone!! He won’t come to the table!”

This article is a Truthout original.