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Last night Shockwave included this YouTube video in a comment to the Obama Nightly News diary. One of the comments on the YouTube page was that this belongs at the Democratic Convention. I agree and would love to see it there.

But if not there, perhaps we can help send it viral. You know you can do this, just click on the Share button, and then the Embed button and copy the code. Go to your facebook page and paste it onto your status.

 

I have included the lyrics below the fold, but there is also a Vimeo video on the website, One Term More, that includes subtitles. Unfortunately I can't figure out how to embed it, but you can watch it on the site.

And here is an excerpt from the Open Letter written by the creator, Don DeMesquita:

If you're not a moneyed Republican plutocrat with a name commonly mistaken for a mattress, soft drink or sundae, don't own a ball club in Chicago or casino in Macao or have an extra hundred-mil lying around, what do you do to make a difference? You stand up the only way you know how.

I'm not an activist, lobbyist, PAC, 527 or 501(c)-anything, just a private citizen (and sometime parodist) asking "who will be strong and stand with me."

One Term More is a transformative political parody rendered under fair use. The accompanying illustration conveys the transcendent nature of a remarkable man. Sketches based on a recently reported, well-sourced, deeply disturbing event depict an uncommonly cruel act of aggression.

No ad time will be purchased nor will it be sold. It's intended as social commentary, criticism & personal expression, displayed only online and freely available to all. Its purpose and character is informational, non-commercial & not-for-profit. The parodied lyrics are mine; the music's from "Les Mis."

As you might be able to tell, the singers are professional, most with Broadway experience, and biographical sketches are included on the website.
As promised, here are the lyrics:

One Term More!

A time to celebrate democracy,
Repeal Republican hypocrisy.
This man who would unseat Barack's
A bleak choice at the ballot box.

One Term More!

A G.O.P. perdition-bound,
All sense of right & wrong eroded.

One Term More!

With laws that let 'em stand their ground,
Republicans are locked & loaded.

Contraception's now a sin,
Screwing G.M. in the clutch.
Incivility's a virtue,
Homophobic. Out of touch.
Filibusters. Budget scrums.
Ultrasounds & speculums.
To the Dark Side they've succumbed.

Soon Election Day will dawn,
We were meant to hold this seat!
At the ballot box of freedom,
Unemployment's in retreat!
Now the battle lines are drawn,
And Detroit's back on its feet!
Will you take your place with me!

The time is NOW the vote is NEAR!

One Term More!

One more day to re-election,
And until the music stops,
We will fight to save the jobs of
Teachers, firemen & cops!

One Term More!

One more day to resolution,
We'll defeat those fetid nuts,
We are fed up with pernicious
Talk of prostitutes & sluts!

Watch 'em throwing up,
Minting malcontent,
Drinkin' all that tea's
Made them incontinent!

Dissembling persists,
Divisiveness prevails,
Calling colleagues Communists
Is OFF the rails!

Listen to them spew,
"Femi-Nazi" rage,
Misogynistic rants
From the Jurassic Age!

To Obama's second inning,
He'll drive home another run!
Norma Rae let sisters sing,
Rosa Parks let freedom ring!
For Obama's just beginning,
Yes! The West Wing WILL be won!

AND we'll get the Dream Act DONE!

My place is here, I vote with you!

One Term More!

Emboldened by Star-Spangled myth,
We want a JEDI…NOT a SITH!!!

Petty partisan obstruction's
Why we've gridlock on the Hill!
One Term More!
Healthcare is a right,
Medicare's a must,
Don't let rogue Republicans
Betray that trust!

Speaking of betrayal,
Bullied by his peers,
Tackled to the ground,
Screams turned into tears.

Hunting down the queer,
Cutting off his hair,
SPIKED the ball, yet… "Can't
Recall" if he was there???

It's his character we question!

Mom, apple pie & Chevrolet,
Don't let 'em down Election Day!

That's when we will determine
What our God in Heaven has in store!

ONE MORE TERM!

OTRA VEZ!
(One More Time!)

ONE TERM MORE!!!

The website even offers tee shirts for sale, with net proceeds donated to Operation USA, which "is an international relief agency that helps communities at home and abroad overcome the effects of disasters, disease and endemic poverty by providing privately-funded relief, reconstruction and development aid." 

Originally posted to Susan Grigsby on Mon Aug 20, 2012 at 03:02 PM PDT.

Also republished by Theatricals.

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