They’re beating the war drums again
Can you hear?
Boom, boom, boom,
Boom, boom, and boom,
Faint in the distance
Tho’ now growing near
Boom, boom, boOM,
BOOM, BOOM, AND BOOM,
And now it’s Iran
Who’s the new bogey man
And these oil whores who urge we attack
Are the same ones who blamed
The 9/11 flames
On the innocent country Iraq
And tho’ urging sanctions
I fear that Obama
By the GOP and AIPAC
Will be trapped in this drama
On behalf of a country that’s steadfastly refused
To make peace with a people they’ve continually abused
Going to war for Bush/Cheney
And now right-wing Netanyahu
Is something I’d never let
Any child of mine do
The great Teddy R.
A Republican star
Who cautioned “Speak softly but carry
A big stick” would stop
Struck dumb by this crop
Of bellicose blowhards
So eager to send
Our children again
To die in another of their “oil wars”
For it will not be they
Whose blood spills away
On the sands of Iran’s killing floor
And the measured tones of
Obama, no dove
Have been denounced by the “tough” GOP men
These draft-dodging posers
These pandering brown nosers
Scared to death they are not seen as he-men
These are people who will
Bomb a country to “drill”
‘Stead of voting to wean us off oil
These are sad little boys
Wielding grown-up war toys
Sending other’s kids from this mortal coil
And the great Teddy R.
Spins interred seeing how far
His party’s drifted rightwards untethered
Trapped in self caused hurricane
Icy hail, driving rain
And not a one of them is dressed for the weather
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So sad, so true and so long in the making. From the days of the GOP, when it really was considered the Grand Old Party, to the injection of loony anti-abortion born again family values ‘Christians,’ as they call themselves.
To this love of war, and sending off any child -except their own, who some how receive deferments- going back to Vietnam-. As has been said before: You can’t kill them in vitor, but once they turn 18 hey it’s all good!
Well written , articulate, ironic and a sock in the snotty nose to the oil hungry greedy bastards who ‘run’ our government, and intrude on OUR lives, and especially of other people’s children.
So yes, who does represent the citizens of American? Certainly not the Grand Old Party.
thanks Rachael, what a bunch of craven creeps this GOP. continue…
thanks sweetheart, yeah…history repeats. wow. continue…
Today Teddy would be a Democrat. Or a Bull Moose. 🙂 I remember when Republicans minded their own business about how others lived, were not war mongers (any more than anyone else) and were not haters. Then the Dixiecrats invaded and between the racists and the crazed religionists from the deep South – the South has risen again – in the Republican party. Egads.
yes, they wouldn’t allow him anywhere near today’s GOP. thanks Boomer. continue…
totally agree Anotherboomerlog!
Rachael, thanks for responding to Tom…our resident Ron Paulista…he’s cool tho’. 🙂 continue…
PS… sorry got all worked up and forgot to say, very cool post!!!
all good Janet, we must get the money out of politics. i appreciate the comment. continue…
greetings, Tony… as commented by Tom, all we keep doing is digging ourselves in deeper every (fed) election (year), and repeating the same stupid rituals. There is no answer there, IMHO, we’ve only dug ourselves such a deep rut we don’t seem to want out of being the definition of insanity: keep performing the same actions, hoping for different results. GAH!!! And I, too, find that as much as I need to speak out, my anger and frustration grow in direct proportion…. AAARRRGGGHHH…
“… ain’t no such thing as evolution. It’s got another name, it’s called evolution…” — Shawn Phillips, musician
This might as well be the motto for the USA… Wars “R” Us… go on
so true Don. thanks for the comment. continue…
Equally – what happened to JFK’s DNC? The best you side can say is “well the GOP is worse”. Why can’t we find common ground at demand good leadership and stop settling for the lesser of 2 evils? Gov’t is corrupted, why look to them for the solutions?
Tom, yes, we should, and we are, demanding good leadership. Government is corrupted by people, not in a vacuum. thanks for the comment. continue…
You are correct and the worst type of people are attracted to the type of power that comes with “service” in Washington. If we can agree on that, then we can agree that they will be ineffective in solving our problems. Why would we vote for candidates that support the growth of centralized gov’t?
there is good government and bad government. not all government is bad. you are painting with too broad a brush. thanks for the comment Tom. continue…
I didn’t say all gov’t is bad gov’t but it is too big and corrupted right now. We need to trim the fat before we add. There is an awful lot of fat to trim and both sides are guilty. For example just b/c food stamps feed #s of people, does not mean its efficient…
Tom: no, Food Stamps are NOT sufficientt. I’ve spent most of my life making over 6 figures a year, working 14 hours a day and paying 30% in taxes -not enough to take advantages of the tax loopholes but painful to pay.
Now on Disability I receive $75.00 a month on the Food Stamp program. My SSD income is also a Hobo wage. Would make more being a Hobo down by the casinos.
I PAID thousands (probably millions) over 35 years into SS. Now I can no longer work, and trust me I’d like nothing more.
Cutting the pathetic benefits available certainly would trim fat. Especially since I can no longer afford lean meat or fresh vegetables.
I do not recieve welfare, enerrgy breaks or co-payments for the appx $200+ a month in medical co-pays and meds.
This is a prime example of government gone awry.
Have worked since the day I started high school and put MYSELF through college. Have one child who is on full scholarship at a good university.
Leach? Money Grabber? Welfare Mom?
I fucking think not. Just wish I made $100.00 LESS just to get Medicaid to pay the co-pays.
On the fast track to homelessness. Seriously. Got room for my concert grand in your house?
Yeah, the gov’t IS fucked. Fucked to the people who have payed far more in taxes on their hard work than they will live to recieve.
Walk a mile in my shoes…. then go to Wal-Mart and buy another pair in two months.
Rachael, There is button to reply below your comment so I will reply here. You are making a case for food stamps and I am making a case for a more efficient process. Although you are on food stamps, it sounds as though the program is not working yet we spend an awful lot on the program…you are helping make my case. Good luck, I hope your concerns about the future do not come true.
Your eloquence and I quote “…These are sad little boys Wielding grown-up war toys…”
to which I add “Played with by soldier children…”
very. and this war talk is making me angrrier than i ususall am. thanks Jots. continue…
So poetically, truthfully written. It is very tragic how the GOP has changed so extremely. It’s evolved into a party of nutcases. You have captured it all right here, my friend. You talent knows no bounds.
Thank you Michelle, i appreciate the props especially coming from someone as talented and committed to justice as yourself…and all this war talk is making me even more pissed off than usual. continue…
While it would be really nice to see someone of Teddy’s ilk come around again, sad truth is there’s no place in todays politics for him.
He’d never make it above alderman.
More’s the pity, and I wonder if I should buy stock in body bags, because there ain’t no way this is going to end well…
EG, i fear you are right on all counts. it’s deja vu. thanks for your usual pithy comment. continue…
This design is spuaeactlcr! You definitely know how to keep a reader amused. Between your wit and your videos, I was almost moved to start my own blog (well, almost HaHa!) Great job. I really loved what you had to say, and more than that, how you presented it. Too cool!
I know our leaders are often quick off the mark but the speed with which they’re moving from Iraq and Afghanistan to Iran is bewildering. The poor cannon fodder have only just got home to clean their guns and they’re being sent out somewhere else. The speed of all this staggering ! Just look at the 21st Century so far – as you say, boom,boom, boom… I haven’t been counting for the States but Britain has been invloved in 7 wars in the last 30 years. F*&($£g Shocking !!
Oh, how I long, long, long for a leader who is a brave enough to be different. ” Well, actually, yes, I do think Iraq should have nuclear power to replace their depleting natural resources. We’re talking about the seat of civilization here you know. Oh, and another thing, don’t you think the Palestinians should have somewhere to live too ? No? Where they don’t have to beg for food, basic health supplies, WATER ! “….I could go on….you know where I stand.
Great post again, Tony.
yes on all counts Al. the Palestinian deal is criminal, and of course ONLY the US and the UK should have the right to nuclear weapons…because we’re SUCH sane countries of course…yeah, sure. thanks for the thoughtful comment. continue…
-gulp. shudder. nausea-
There’s so much to pay attention to, and I haven’t had the brain for it lately. I’m glad you do some of it for me. Thanks for pointing out things I need to know.
Re, just trying to shed a little light. thanks for the comment. continue…
Blech. I just heard 30 minutes of my mother in law go on about Obamacare and how dangerous it is…she drinks the FOX Kool-aid. There’s no arguing with stupid. I’ve tried. You just nod and uh hum until they have to go because Nancy Grace is on or something…
So sad what the GOP is doing. My parents have voted all over the board from Kennedy to Reagan and now they shiver at the sight of any Republican. It’s just not the party they remember.
Thanks F., nope – not at all. i know how disappointed they must be having to see this bunch of dangerous dolts. continue…