Pat McMahon's Written Commentaries - November 2012 - AZTV7/Cable 13, Me-TV 7.2, HSN 7.3, Phoenix-Prescott, AZ

Pat McMahon's Written Commentaries - November 2012

Though Pat is still recuperating his voice and won't be on the show for another week or two...here are his latest written commentaries:


11/16/12 - "16TH"

"OUR NETWORK PROJECTIONS ARE IN MUCH EARLIER THAN EXPECTED AND IN AN OVERWHELMING LANDSLIDE VICTORY, THE DYAMIC DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE STEPHEN A. DOUGLAS HAS CARRIED BOTH THE POPULAR AND ELECTORAL VOTES IN EVERY STATE TO DEFEAT THE UNGAINLY AND UNATTRACTIVE REPUBLICAN, ABRAHAM LINCOLN".  THAT'S NOT THE WAY YOU REMEMBER THE STORY FROM YOUR EARLIEST U.S. HISTORY BOOKS?  YOU'RE RIGHT!  BUT THAT'S THE WAY IT EASILY MIGHT HAVE HAPPENED IF TELEVISION HAD BEEN AROUND TO COVER THAT CAMPAIGN AND THOSE DEBATES.  WHEN YOU SEE THE NEW SPIELBERG MOVIE YOU WILL LEAVE THE THEATER UNDERSTANDING WHY SO MANY HISTORIANS CONSIDER ABRAHAM LINCOLN THE GREATEST PRESIDENT WE'VE EVER HAD.  BUT THERE WAS NO TELEVISION IN THE MID 1800'S.  LINCOLN'S VOICE WAS NOT THAT OF A SOOTHING NOR COMMANDING ORATOR.  TO SOME IT WAS DESCRIBED AS IRRITATING.  HIS POSTURE WASN'T THAT OF A PROUD STATESMAN.  AND MY GOD!...IS THAT A MOLE?  QUICK! GET THE PHOTO SHOP PEOPLE.  WE WOULDN'T EVEN RECOGNIZE HIM AS A REPUBLICAN.  BUT WHEN YOU SEE THE MOVIE, YOU'LL SEE THE PRESIDENT WE HAVE ALL BEEN LOOKING FOR – COURAGEOUS, ETHICAL, A GIFTED LEADER.  HOW CAN WE FIND THE NEXT LINCOLN UNLESS WE TURN OFF THE CAMERAS?

I'M PAT MCMAHON

 

11/15/12 - "DOOM"

NOW REALLY!  HOW BAD CAN LIVING IN AMERICA BE, NO MATER WHO THE PRESIDENT IS?  AFTER EVERY ELECTION, A WHOLE BUNCH OF PEOPLE ARE CELEBRATING AND ANOTHER BUNCH ARE DISAPPOINTED, JUST LIKE AFTER THE SUPER BOWL AND THE WORLD SERIES.  AND THEN LIFE GOES ON – EXCEPT FOR A FEW.  I REMEMBER WHEN PRESIDENT BUSH WAS RE-ELECTED, I ACTUALLY HEARD SOME DEMOCRATS CONTEMPLATING MOVING TO ANOTHER COUNTRY.  SOME OVER-REACTION, HUH?  BUT THAT'S NOTHING COMPARED TO THE RESPONSE OF SOME TO LAST WEEKS PRESIDENTIAL RESULTS.  SURE, THERE WAS A LOT OF TEXTING AND TWEETING ABOUT ARMAGEDDON, THE END OF AMERICA, AS WE KNOW IT AND THE FORTH-COMING SOCIALIST STATE.  BUT THOSE WERE THE AMATEUR DOOMSAYERS.  A MESA WOMAN RAN OVER AND SERIOUSLY INJURED HER HUSBAND BECAUSE HE DIDN'T VOTE, OBAMA WON AND HER FAMILY'S FUTURE WAS RUINED.  THIS WEEK THOUSANDS OF THE DISGRUNTLED SIGNED PETITIONS ON THE INTERNET EXPRESSING A DESIRE TO SECEDE AND START A NEW COUNTRY.  SORRY, BUT AS A MEMBER OF THE GRUNTLED, I THINK I'LL JUST STAY HERE IN THE USA AND TRY TO MAKE THINGS BETTER.

I'M PAT MCMAHON



11/14/12 - "ATTENTION"

REMEMBER WHEN WE USED TO BE SHOCKED TO FIND OUT THAT EVERY PUBLIC FIGURE THAT WAS SINGLE MIGHT NOT BE A VIRGIN?  THEN CAME THE DECADE LONG "SUMMER OF LOVE", THE 60'S AND THE DONNA REED FANTASIES BECAME THE LUSTY REALITIES OF WOODSTOCK.  AND YET WITH ALL THE CULTURAL FREEDOMS THAT EXIST NOW, AS NEVER BEFORE, SOCIETY STILL SEEMS STUNNED WHEN ANY PERSON WITH POWER PROVES TO BE FROM SOMEWHERE BESIDES KRYPTON.  BILL CLITON IS NOW THE REVERED FORMER PRESIDENT THAT DID IT ALL RIGHT.  HE DID 8 YEARS WITH NO WARS.  HE DID TWO TERMS WITHOUT A DEFICIT.  HARDLY ANYONE MENTIONS THAT HE ALSO DID MONICA LEWINSKY.  SO IF WE'RE THAT FORGIVING, WHY ARE TWO RESPECCTED GENERALS IN SO MUCH TROUBLE?  ARE THESE TWO SOLDIERS LESS CAPABLE OF LEADERSHIP BECAUSE AFTER THEY LEFT THE BATTLEFIELD THESE HEROES SADLY REVERTED TO JUST "A COUPLE OF GUYS"?  NOT WISE. NOT MORAL.  BUT SHOULD THEY BE DISCARDED?  WELL AT LEAST ELMO HAS BEEN EXONERATED.  BUT, DOES THAT MEAN WE CAN CONTINUE TO IGNORE THE UGLY RUMORS ABOUT AN INAPPROPRIATE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN MISS PIGGY AND RUSH LIMBAUGH.  SHAME!

I'M PAT MCMAHON



11/13/12 - "BEING HEARD"

HOW TO GET SOMETHING DONE IN AMERICA:  VOTE!  IT DOESN'T ALWAYS WORK, ESPECIALLY NOT THE FIRST TIME YOU TRY TO CHANGE POLICY BY SHOWING UP AT THE POLLS.  BUT GIVEN TIME AND THE GATHERING OF LIKE MINDED VOTERS YOU CAN BECOME WHO ARLO GUTHRIE WAS TALKING ABOUT IN THE SONG "ALICES RESTAURANT" – YOU CAN BECOME PART OF A MOVEMENT.  THAT'S ONE OF THE THINGS THAT HAPPENED ONE WEEK AGO.  LATINOS DIDN'T JUST TALK OR DEMONSTRATE OR COMPLAIN ABOUT NOT BEING REPRESENTED.  THEY VOTED.  BOY, DID THEY EVER.  THEY KICKED SOME ELEPHANT BUTT AND GOT THE DONKEY'S ATTENTION WITH A TWO BY FOUR UP SIDE THE HEAD.  AND SUDDENLY, BOTH SIDES ARE TALKING ABOUT IMMIGRATION REFORM.  AND THEY'RE NOT JUST TALKING AS THEY HAVE BEEN FOR AGES.  DEMOCRATS HAVE HEARD THE CALL OF THE MARIACHI TRUMPETS AND ARE CONSIDERING IMMIGRATION REFORM AS A TOP PRIORITY…NOW!  AND REPUBLICANS WHO WANT TO KEEP THEIR JOBS SEEM TO ALREADY BE DECIDING THAT THEY WILL HAVE TO GO BEYOND THE DREADED LETTER "A" FOR AMNESTY.  AND IF THAT MEANS THAT, SOONER RATHER THAN LATER, 11 MILLION OF OUR LAW ABIDING LATINO NEIGHBORS CAN COME OUT OF THE SHADOWS, I SAY "ARRIBA"!!!!

I'M PAT McMAHON


11/12/12 - "VETS"

"THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE."  EVEN WHEN IT'S NOT VETERANS DAY, WE SAY THAT, DON'T WE?  MOST OF US ARE PROMPTED TO EPRESS OUR GRATITUDE WHEN WE SEE SOMEONE IN UNIFORM OR WEARING A CAP THAT SAYS "VIETNAM" OR "USS NIMITZ" OR PERHAPS SIMPLY "SEMPER FI".  AND WE SHOULD GO OUT OF OUR WAY TO LET OUR WARRIORS KNOW HOW APPRECIATIVE WE ARE TO ALL OF THEM, EVERYBODY WHO EVER PUT ON A UNIFORM.  LISTEN, IN THE ARMY, MY ENTIRE MILITARY CAREER WAS AS AN ENTERTAINER WITH A SPECIAL SERVICES GROUP OF SINGERS AND DANCERS THAT TOURED THE UNITED STATES AND EUROPE.  THE CLOSEST I EVER CAME TO HARMS WAY WAS A PAIR OF TAP SHOES THAT DIDN'T FIT.  YET EVEN I HAVE BEEN THANKED FOR MY SERVICE – OFTEN BY OTHERS IN THE MILITARY – FOR BRINGING A LITTLE FUN INTO THEIR LIVES.  AND IT ALWAYS MADE ME FEEL GREAT.  BUT VETERANS, THESE DAYS, MANY TIMES NEED MORE THAN WORDS OF GRATITUDE.  HOW MANY OF YOU WOULD INVITE AN ACTIVE-DUTY SERVICE PERSON TO YOUR HOME FOR A HOLIDAY DINNER?  OR FIND OUT WHAT NEEDS THEIR FAMILIES MIGHT HAVE.  OR, BEST OF ALL, OFFER A RETURNING SOLDIER A JOB.  YOU KNOW, THAT WOULD BE A NICE NEW WAY TO SAY "THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE".

I'M PAT McMAHON

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