Pontignex - new from Papa Possum

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October's satire, "Pontignex".
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In Isto Signo Consumeris

The manufactured fanfare blares
with hyperbolic bray:
a social justice holy man,
soldier for the “third way,”
jesuit in franciscan robes,
evangel for the clime,
vicar of “neither marx nor Christ”
(yet both at the same time),
ideologue in fishing shoes
our hemisphere now becks.
Now comes dear leader's claim to pope.
Now comes the marxifex.

With manifesto rhetoric,
with scorn for Markets Free,
with “Holy See” now suffixed by
cyrillic “ccp,”
with standard new: in red for white,
in gold - a star for crown
and workers' tools for the crossed keys,
with Free Will upside-down,
with new religion for new world,
with all as its subjects,
now comes the melding of two faiths.
Now comes the marxifex.

The paparazzi palpitate,
reporters swoon and sway,
the ruling class play courtiers,
celebrities cliché,
tyrants queue up for their prestige,
congressmen weep and wring,
for when, at last, at the u.n.,
he'll kiss the new world ring.
But pews are empty, wallets close
as Country Class suspects
they've now got First Amendment case...
thanks to the marxifex.

Pontignex, Copyright © 2015 Papa Possum


Hear the audio stream here: http://papapossum.blogspot.com/2015/1...

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  • Posted by Herb7734 5 years, 1 month ago
    The wisdom of the Possum,
    Grows greater all the time,
    His insights are so awesome,
    His conclusions are sublime.

    When mystics claim to tell the truth,
    Their conclusions eschew fun,
    Remember at the voting booth
    All that's missing is the Hun.
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    • Posted by 5 years, 1 month ago
      I'm not sure who "the Hun" is, but thanks, Herb.
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      • Posted by Herb7734 5 years, 1 month ago
        Rand spoke of the two types of danger as typified by the Mystic and the Hun. In other words, the religionist and the militarist. She was talking more specifically of the Dark Ages when religion was backed up by coercion She would probably be astonished by the rise of radical Islam which justifies their hideous acts by their religion
        The Pope is pushing a socialist agenda and all that is missing is the ability to enforce it.
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  • Posted by 5 years, 1 month ago
    Some background on the Latin used in this piece:

    The Pope is called the "pontiff." Pontiff is short for "pontifex." Pontifex is Latin for "builder of the bridge" (between man and God). I titled the piece "Pontignex" which is mock Latin (close enough) for "burner of the bridge" (between the Catholic church and its parisoners). Throughout the piece, I also call the Pope "marxifex" which is mock Latin (again, close enough) for "builder of the marx".

    The subtitle of the piece is a play on the Latin motto "In hoc signo vinces" - "in this symbol, you shall conquer", a reference to the cross. The Latin which I used was "In isto signo consumeris" - "in such a symbol, you shall be used up (consumed)", a reference to the hammer and sickle.
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  • Posted by $ richrobinson 5 years, 1 month ago
    When do you ever see a congressman weep?
    :-) Another good one Eud. Since the Church has a structure similar to Socialism and Communism the Popes views shouldn't be all that surprising.
    At the end Country Class is spelled wrong. It says County Class.
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  • Posted by $ Olduglycarl 5 years, 1 month ago
    Yep, it would seem the end-time kakistocracy is in full swing and it's the ultimate fight for conscious human life. Makes one wonder if our biblical ancestors were right...
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    • Posted by $ MichaelAarethun 5 years, 1 month ago
      Be nice to illiterates day

      From the Greek

      kak·is·toc·ra·cies. Government by the least qualified or most unprincipled citizens. Origin of kakistocracy. Greek kakistos, worst, superlative of kakos, bad; see caco– + –cracy.

      I've had dogs that could bark better than these people can govern.
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