Sarah Palin popularized the term “Crony Capitalism”. Obama fits the bill. A Limerick


The Croniest Capitalism
Obama’s is next to Nazism
With George Soros to lead
Jeff’ry Immelt will plead
One World Internationalism

Please run, Sarah!
For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?” Esther 4:14 (NIV)

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10 Comments

  1. TLemmbert
    Posted December 31, 2011 at 3:48 pm | Permalink

    Really? The only way to FORCE this into a rhythm anywhere near a “limerick” is by starting with the explanation that it’s supposed to be a limerick.

    • lenbilen
      Posted December 31, 2011 at 4:04 pm | Permalink

      The Croniest Capitalism…….TaTamTaTaTamTaTaTam
      Obama’s is next to Nazism….TaTamTaTaTamTaTaTam
      With George Soros to lead….TaTaTamTaTaTam
      Jeff’ry Immelt will plead……TaTaTamTaTaTam
      One World Internationalism…TaTamTaTaTamTaTaTam
      Works for me, especially if World and Ism are stressed. (In my native Swedish “Ism is stressed)

  2. TLemmbert
    Posted December 31, 2011 at 6:47 pm | Permalink

    When writing poetry, start with the dictionary and follow what it says about stresses for multi-syllable words. One syllable words are harder to determine. One-syllable adjectives, adverbs, active verb, and nouns are usually stressed. Articles and passive verbs are usually unstressed. Prepositions, conjunctions, helping words, and pronouns often depend on their placement in the phrase.

    the CRO-ny-est CAP-i-tl-IZ-em
    should be: da DUM da da DUM da da DUM (this has an extra unstressed syllable at the end)

    o-BA-mas is NEXT to NA-se-IZ-em (or NAT-SIZ-em)
    should be: da DUM da da DUM da da DUM (this falls apart after “to”)

    with GEORGE SO-ros to LEAD
    should be: da da DUM da da DUM (this works only IF one purposely pronounces the name “George” as an unstressed syllable to force it into the pattern)

    JEFF-ry IM-melt will PLEAD
    should be: da da DUM da da DUM (this works only IF one purposely pronounces the name “Jeff” as an unstressed syllable to force it into the pattern)

    ONE WORLD IN-ter-NASH-e-ne-LIZ-em
    should be: da DUM da da DUM da da DUM (This is way, way off. Way off.)

    • TLemmbert
      Posted December 31, 2011 at 6:50 pm | Permalink

      Note: to show which syllables are stressed according to the dictionary and to general guidelines of interpreting poetry, I used capital letters.

      • lenbilen
        Posted December 31, 2011 at 7:21 pm | Permalink

        Part of the charm of Limericks is to break the rules established. (At least I think so). Since my major purpose for writing all these “Limericks” is to irk the left-wing and their hatred for anything pure and wholesome like Sarah Palin (irk, irk) When she uttered the phrase “Crony Capitalism” I immediately tried to fit it into a Limerick, but it had three unstresssed syllables in a row. I finally broke down and did it anyway, never mind the torpedos, full spead ahead.

  3. TLemmbert
    Posted December 31, 2011 at 7:28 pm | Permalink

    If you use the dictionary, you’ll see that CRO-ny CAP-i-tl-IZ-em does not have three unstressed syllables.

    • TLemmbert
      Posted December 31, 2011 at 7:29 pm | Permalink

      Meant to say “three unstressed syllables in a row.”

      • TLemmbert
        Posted December 31, 2011 at 7:31 pm | Permalink

        And, certainly, part of the charm of limericks is to break the rules. But if you mangle the stresses too much, you end up with a mess that’s not at all charming.

      • lenbilen
        Posted December 31, 2011 at 7:39 pm | Permalink

        Thanks. I will take it to heart to try to irk the right way. So maybe the problem was not Capitalism but Nazism. And One World did not fir that well either. I was sastisfied to get it in the form of 8,8,6,6,8 so I left it halting since the political irking points were all present. But thanks for the challenge.

  4. TLemmbert
    Posted December 31, 2011 at 9:03 pm | Permalink

    It sounds like you’re just looking at the NUMBERS of syllables instead of the pattern of their stresses. If that’s the case, then I recommend that you simply choose a form of poetry that depends only on counting syllables (haiku and senryu are just two of many) instead of one that requires a familiar rhythm, like a limerick does.


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