What Is a Maverick?

maverick.gifThe American Heritage Dictionary: Maverick – An unbranded or orphaned range calf or colt, traditionally considered the property of the first person who branded it.

Answer.com: maverick – One that refuses to abide by the dictates of or resists adherence to a group; a dissenter.

Chuck: “Why does that double talkin’ guy, call hisself a maverick?”

Murf: “Shucks, that mean yer talkin’ about that there Senator John McCain, ain’t ya?

Chuck: “Reckon’ I am”

Murf: “Well, I’ll tell ya. The real meanin’ of maverick is unbranded cattle, but McCain was branded early by that fella’ Charlie Keating in a scandal back in ’89. McCain was one of the Keating Five Senators that was hogtied in that big Savings and Loans corruption roundup, costin’ the U.S. tax payer $125 billion. Just like that bailout that’s goin’ on today, paid for by the tax payers. That Keating Five range party even tied in W.’s brother, Neil Bush.”

Chuck: “Yer tellin’ me the McCain fella, still carries the Keating Five Brand?”

Murf: “Well, he’s tried his darndest to hide that brand under his hide. He was tryin’ to wear the maverick GOP brand and wants to get his Keating Five brand off his back. Now, he don’t want the GOP brand neither. He’s got that pretty little heifer to help him. She calls herself a maverick too”

Chuck: “She helpin’ any?”

Murf: She does plenty of flirtin’ with winks, smiles, plays the flute, says ‘you betcha,’ doggone, Jo Sixpack, hockey mom and she don’t answer no question. She’ll answer, something like “I’ll tell you what I will talk about.” Guess you’ll have to look ‘maverick’ up on Goo Goo, or that internet stuff.”

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The origin of maverick: Put the blame on Samuel Augustus Maverick (1803-1870)

jerry_drucker_head.gifMaverick didn’t believe in branding his cattle, and in this manner he could pick up unbranded cattle from the open range and claim them as his own. He didn’t believe in following the law of the land and he did what he pleased. That explains why Palin & McCain call themselves ‘mavericks.’ They’ll lead by not having to follow the Constitution or U.S. laws and they’ll privatize as much as possible. Palin demonstrated her contempt of the law by refusing to answer a legal subpoena. You betcha.

by Jerry Drucker

Reprinted with permission from the Valley Democrats United newsletter, Margie Murray, Editor, where the article first appeared.

Jerry Drucker is a freelance writer and screenwriter, political progressive letterwriter, member of Valley Dems United, Dems for Change and Valley Grassroots for Democracy. Jerry was voted as the 41st AD man of the year for 2008 by the LA County Democratic Party members.

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  • Comments

    1. says

      Very light hearted way of explaining what a Maverick actually is, which I now know happens to mean John McCain & Sarah Palin. Thanks for posting.

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    4. says

      Well said. When I hear the word Maverick I always think of the “movie” with Mel Gibson. Your description however is more fun and appropriate I guess.

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    6. says

      Diane, don’t forget Cousin Beau!

      So can anybody tell me, how much of Oscar Hammerstein’s lyrics (from his and Richard Rodgers’ Oklahoma!) can I quote under Fair Use, before the RIAA and MPAA take it away from us?

      Oh, the cattle are standing like statues
      The cattle are standing like statues
      They don’t turn their heads as they see me ride by
      And a little brown maverick is winkin’ her eye….

      She may be pale in the Alaska weather, rather than brown, but the appropriateness of the lyric just jumps out at me.

    7. Diane says

      And I think of Brett and Bart, the two attractive, affable ne’er-do-well TV gamblers. The ones who always tried to stay a step ahead of anyone who called their bluff.

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