Poetry At The Republican Debate

Going to an art school has taught me that if you center space anything on a word document it becomes poetry. Here, verbatim from transcript, are some poetic masterpieces from the February 22nd Republican Debate in Arizona.

I am the defender of the Constitution.

I’m the champion of liberty.

 This shows the roadmap

to peace and



You know,

 nobody accuses me of not having voted for too much.

They’re always accusing me for not voting for enough.

And I’ve been running in office,

in office off and on


When you have

 forty percent of kids being born out of wedlock,

 and among certain ethnic groups

 the vast majority being born out of wedlock,

you ask yourself, how are we going to have a






The world is more dangerous.

 It is not safer.

North Korea is going through transition.

The Arab Spring has become the Arab Winter.

Syria is in flux.

 This is a dictator who said he wants to drive the United States out of the Middle East.

 I’m inclined to believe dictators.

 Now I think that it’s dangerous not to.


I have to admit,

 I voted for that.

 It was against the principles I believed in, but, you know, when you’re part of the team, sometimes you take one for the team,

 for the leader,

and I made a mistake.


We bought this notion

that you could have Carnegie units

and you could have state standards

and you could have a curriculum everybody

— every child is unique.

Every teacher is unique. TC mark

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  • Michaelwg

    I always love seeing something NEW on T.C
    This was new. Very nice.

  • http://manelandmedia.com Omotola Ajibade

    Love the post!! lol. I kinda wish you had put down who said what, so that we can marvel at these American Leopold Sedar-Senghors….lol

  • Geoffrey Abram

    This definitely takes the edge off.

  • Sarah

    I love this.
    I actually learned the centering thing by mistake in high school when I was hanging out in my English room on a Staff Development Day (total nerd) and the teacher my Junior English Teacher shared a room with started yelling “This moron centered her essay? It’s a literary synthesis essay and I feel like I’m about to read fucking Beowolf!” 

    …Public school is a blessing and a curse. 

  • GrandVizier

    I don’t typically like poetry. I surprisingly like this. Nicely done.

  • Guest

    This is incredibly creative! Another way to find the beauty in life, perhaps? I love it!

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  • Guy

    Wow, this was actually fantastic!

  • Maja

    Incredibly creative and funny! :DD Thanks! 

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