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You Can Lead a Politician to Water, But You Can't Make Him Think: Ten Commandments for Texas Politicsby Kinky Friedman
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And Kinky Said Unto the People: Why the Hell Not?
So the good people of Texas weren't able to get the Kinkster into the Governor's Mansion in 2006. It was a solid race, and he fought the good fight. Getting on the ballot as an independent — a feat that had not been achieved in over a century — was a victory in itself. And with ideas like "slots for tots" (legalized gambling to pay for education), the five Mexican generals plan (bribes to enforce border protection), and a firm stand against the "wussification" of the state, he would have done a helluva job.
If that 2006 election was any indication — and it was — the political landscape in both Texas and the country at large needs a significant overhaul. The hucksters, the wealthy, and the two-faced rule; there is no room for Truth, and the little guys are quickly forgotten in all the muck. But Kinky, (briefly) down yet certainly not out, is still looking out for his fellow Americans, and he has much wisdom to impart.
In this hilarious, thought-provoking manifesto, Kinky lays forth his ten commandments for improving the state of Texas and politics everywhere, and for restoring order, logic, decency, and above all a sense of humor back to this country. It's classic Kinky in a brand new way. And he might just have a point.
"When satirist/novelist/musician Friedman declared his independent candidacy for Texas governor, nobody expected him to win — and he didn't. But he did get nearly 550,000 votes, or 12% of the total cast. He also collected rich material for his sendup of politics in Texas and other jurisdictions. Friedman's always irreverent, sometimes profane and occasionally sophomoric commentary won't appeal to everybody, but even those who refuse to laugh out loud can find verities worth repeating. His chapter about improving schooling for all children, for example, includes the observation that 'No good teacher wants to teach to the test; no great teacher ever will.' The emphasis on classroom assessment, Friedman says, risks creating 'a whole generation of supposedly college-bound kids who aren't quite sure if the Civil War took place here or in Europe. It wasn't on the test.' Given Texans' independent streak, Friedman correctly calculated his messages would get a hearing on the campaign trail. After all, he noted, professional wrestler Jesse Ventura won the governorship of Minnesota. Too bad he lasted only one term, Friedman quips: Ventura 'never figured out that wrestling is real and politics is fixed.'" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"If you want to beat him up for being a sloppy archivist of other people's witticisms, fine. At worst, Kinky is the one guy who e-mails you gags that are actually good." New York Times
With equal parts insight and hilarity, Friedman chronicles his 2006 grassroots Texas gubernatorial campaign, in which he showed that one could put up a legitimate fight for office while maintaining a good name.
About the Author
Kinky Friedman is a former country music star, Texas Monthly columnist, and author of a successful mystery series. He is running for Governor of Texas in November '06. He wants to take things back to a time when the cowboys all sang and their horses were smart.
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