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The Ballad to Sound the Alarm or: Wake up America…or Stay in Bed Forever – This Election is For ALL the Marbles

«Occupy» movement at Paradeplatz in Zürich ( )

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They’re coming for our Medicare

Our right to choose – so best beware

They’re coming for our social net

They want whatever they can get


Wisconsin’s our first battleground

This creep Scott Walker must go down

The money will come pouring in

From Super PAC’s to save his skin


They want to kill our worker’s rights

And at each other’s throats in fights

And while we’re all thus occupied

They’ll mug us then skin us alive


They’ve no compunctions – not a one

They’ll bleed us dry and when they’re done

They’ll bleed our children for their own

No thought that we are flesh and bone


The only thought they entertain

Is there is plunder to attain

From off the backs of those who’ve not

To buy each limo, jet, and yacht


From out the mouths of children who

Need food, and schools, and doctors too

From old and weak, and brown, and black

And white, too saddled to fight back


And while they pillage all in sight

They search their bibles for the right

For passages that they can twist

Justifying all of this


That’s the front men, weak-willed scum

Who take the backroom money from

The Kochs and others of their ilk

Who smile while stealing baby’s milk


Who do not care that people spend

A lifetime praying for the end

To hardships they would not endure

Except for those who want them poor


Except for those whose raison d’etre

Is to keep us serfs in want and petri-

Fied and filled with fear forever

Of Devil, God, or man – whatever


These people take and never give

Live large but don’t let others live

Have wealth from sea to shining sea

And still want our “security”


Still want our tattered “safety net”

With the bullshit line that it’s the “threat”

Of Socialism hear them shout

This reason we must do without


Democracy? Almost a joke

A fairy tale gone up in smoke

A shell game we’d best figure out

Or we are lost – there is no doubt


So understand here what’s at stake

And wake up for our children’s sake

They have our money, and they’re free

And we? We are their peasantry




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31 thoughts on “The Ballad to Sound the Alarm or: Wake up America…or Stay in Bed Forever – This Election is For ALL the Marbles

  1. A couple of comments, really. I don’t subscribe to the “Religion at the Root of all our woes” school. I do think, however, that people with a perverse view like to go looking for a supporting clause in there somewhere (looking for a loop-hole like WC ! ) to give their nonsense some credence. And, secondly, it seems to me that democracy is dying when the amount of money thrown at an election, in both our countries, is probably a deciding factor.


    Posted by Single Malt Monkey | February 1, 2012, 6:19 pm
  2. I came long ago to realize politics is proof positive: When given the constant choice of the lesser of two evils, one must realize all one knows is evil.

    Love this.

    Oh, and something for you whilst I am here.


    Posted by Red | February 1, 2012, 5:29 am
    • thank you Red, i am grateful you saw fit to mention my blog in your piece (i left a comment). i appreciate your reading and commenting…mother of TEN??? my hat’s off to you…continue…


      Posted by barkinginthedark | February 1, 2012, 5:53 am
      • *Grins* That is only the beginning. Bear brings five to the brood, so we will have a total of 15. The ages differences make it fun. The big ones are willing to play with us and the little ones. Makes for better adventures 😉

        And you are welcome.


        Posted by Red | February 1, 2012, 12:02 pm
  3. You always hit the nail right on the head, Tony. I’m still trying/fighting, but I’m running out of energy. I’m glad your voice is here, clear, loud and undaunted.


    Posted by Sparks In Shadow | January 31, 2012, 9:59 pm
  4. “For all the Marbles” should be “they’ve lost their marbles” ! My parents live in Wisconsin. For months they worried about what seemed llike the inevitable take-over of Scott Walker…..telling me of his rhetoric and insane iideas and threats, the mess he made was all laid out in his campaign “promises”.
    So many foolishly jumped on the bandwagon because they blinded wanted to believe in “change” , any change, good or bad not listening to details. Then once elected, and he actually followed through, all his supporters finally saw what everyone else was trying to warn against….much too late, of course.

    The country needs to look at WI as an example of “be careful what you wish for” !


    Posted by MJ, Nonstepmom | January 31, 2012, 2:59 pm
  5. Very clever construction, this.
    Felt my hands clenching into fists as I read this.
    Sound the battle cry and bring it on, Tony!


    Posted by El Guapo | January 29, 2012, 11:15 pm
  6. a very poignant expression of the state of affairs in our country and political landscape. it spoke to me in a way that journalistic reports have never been able to. thank you.


    Posted by Beth, just being me | January 29, 2012, 2:58 pm
  7. I agree with Michelle – you have a gift. And I, for one, am glad you are not afraid to use it.


    Posted by k8edid | January 29, 2012, 2:26 pm
  8. A lot of the politicians are doing the bidding for the Kochs and others, and could care less about the common man. The time has come to take money out of politics, and get back to common decency, instead of them talking like rabid pit bulls.

    Tony, you do a wonderful job, and please keep up the good fight.


    Posted by Don in Massachusetts | January 29, 2012, 1:55 pm
  9. As always to the point. My fave this time:
    Except for those whose raison d’etre
    Is to keep us serfs in want and petri-
    Fied and filled with fear forever
    Of Devil, God, or man – whatever

    Not JUST the laugh at how many have to Google raison d’etre. I receive Medicare and it is Horrendous. Is it better than no insurance at all? I’m not sure. At least ‘ObamaCare’ as the cretins call it, does not FORCE the elderly or those on disability (raises hand in class) to pay $100.00 a month from our payments.
    Oh wait. didn’t we already put that money in from working our asses off for years?

    OR, make a $100.00 deductible at the beginning of every year, on top of the co-pay/deductible. Oh damn I forgot what the paperwork euphemism is.
    Allow me to put it simply: If you are dependent on Medicare for insurance.. you’re fucked. If you haven’t declared bankruptcy you will.
    The co-pays for doctor visits and prescriptions and lack of income for the ‘required’ medicare payments will place you there,

    The current system allows our parents to eat dog food, and my generation (just turned 50) the luxury of cat food -more protein-.
    Let the Republicans in? I’ll be on the streets in 10 days instead of 60 days. Long live the American dream of owning your own home (several for me), starting and running a successful business (10 years) and working your way through college.

    Not that I’m bitter. Just that I’m not a ‘gentleman ‘C’ average’ student with a trust fund. And pissed.


    Posted by Rachael Black | January 29, 2012, 7:43 am
    • i feel you Rachael…i mean that in the most sincere way and not some jokey shit. the money must be eliminated from the process or we’re lost. it was the R’s tho’ who held O’s healthcare plan hostage, watered it down, and destroyed the “public option”, or however O misnamed it – should’ve been “medicare for all” or some such thing…and you’re right in saying that our choice, sadly as it stands, is between the lesser of the two evils…but as you say Obama and the dems are by far the lesser. if we only weren’t so hung up on “looks” and scared silly by that word “socialism” we might have had a Bernie Sanders or a Dennis Kucinich… or someone like that able to actually be president…but i’m willing to ride Obama in hopes he’ll have a Dem congress to work with because i still believe he wants to do the right thing. maybe i’m a sap but…
      Anyway, thanks as always for the sharp, witty, acid, and righteous comment. i appreciate it when it comes from someone with brain power and the ability to think critically – someone like you. continue…


      Posted by barkinginthedark | January 29, 2012, 10:44 pm
      • Tony, it is writers such as yourself that allow the rest of us a feast of intelligent thoughts and reasoning to spur on any critical thinking. Am with you in all of your commentary and look forward to each of your posts and the tongue in cheek display of amazing intellect.


        Posted by Rachael Black | January 30, 2012, 12:34 am
    • i humbly thank you for the high props Rachael. i shall continue…


      Posted by barkinginthedark | January 30, 2012, 12:49 am
  10. Tony, you have a true gift. Your words fit perfectly together like yin and yang. Every part of this is so poetically graceful yet terrifyingly accurate. But the closing section says it all… “So understand here what’s at stake / And wake up for our children’s sake / They have our money, and they’re free / And we? We are their peasantry”. I do hope more people wake up and become active in fighting the greed and corruption growing within our government and society.


    Posted by She speaks.... | January 29, 2012, 6:56 am

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