Les Mis Parody Kiss Off to GOP: “One Term More”

by Steven D’Mused

The musical theater department has gone and dunnit. They’ve suited up in uniform and are marching in the anti-Romney, anti-Ryan, anti-Republican brigade. Their latest battle cry is a brilliantly-conceived and produced parody of the Les Miserables number, “One Day More.”

In this version, written and produced by Don DeMesquita, and directed by Ray Colcord, it’s taken on new life as “One Term More.” And, you knew from the second it starts that it’s about to knock head as the producer starts off with a quote from Nelson Mandela:

“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.”

Not everyone has heard the original version of “One Day More,” so I included it as well. Please enjoy it, but scroll down for the bombastic lyrics; the forward by the producer, Don DeMesquita, and most certainly the photo-tribute of ALL of the singers involved in the production:

Ok, below, you have the award-winning lyrics; the biting forward by the producer; and a photo-list of the full heroic cast and crew. First, the lyrics. They’re that good.

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!


Bam. I mean, GOD BAM. I fancy myself quite the freaking writer, but this was gold. Can’t add a whole heckuva lot to it. Below is the forward to the production by the song’s writer and producer, Don DeMesquita. He nails it. And, please don’t forget to stick around below for the photo-listing and tribute to all of the vocalists involved:

“While the GOP’s resident rabble-rouser routinely defames those with whom he disagrees, their party’s presumptive nominee hasn’t the character or courage to condemn such abusive behavior. Indeed, fomenting incivility and intolerance is grist for their ground game — and they’re doubling down.

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 [Obama. Sketches based on a recently reported, well-sourced, deeply disturbing event [the Romney high school incident] 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.”

Misogynistic, homophobic, radically regressive and ideologically unhinged with little apparent interest in governing and no appetite for compromise or common ground, that Grand Old Party’s out-of-order, a consequence of preposterous partisan pandering, legislative belligerence–and all that tea.

Thanks for sticking around through the end to pay tribute to all of the stars and future stars in the Broadway set who put their own reputations on the line for something so important. This cast is a who’s who of musicians and actors from Hollywood and New York. From soloist to chorus, due respect to each of them. None of them were paid and all did it because they nobly believed in every word they sang:

Thanks for reading. Please share with your friends. This is a beautiful act of civil disobedience and deserves its time in the sun!  If you’d like to share this, there are links below to share the essay itself, or you can click on the image below to share it.  It comes with caption and link back here.

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2 Responses to Les Mis Parody Kiss Off to GOP: “One Term More”

  1. wordplaydiz/NoirebyNature says:

    I love this parody. So well-done. I was also surprised to find that I know many of the singers. I am so proud of them and happy that they’ve found a supporter who not only allows their work to be seen by many. Your writing, stylistic as well, has wrapped this gem in a unique commentary of art and purpose.

  2. wordplaydiz/NoirebyNature says:

    …and brought it to the public. A great service to all.

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