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The Ballad of the War Drums Again or: Whatever Happened to Teddy Roosevelt’s GOP?

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,


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




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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

who are

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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33 thoughts on “The Ballad of the War Drums Again or: Whatever Happened to Teddy Roosevelt’s GOP?

  1. 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.


    Posted by Rachael Black | March 7, 2012, 5:14 pm
  2. 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.


    Posted by anotherboomerblog | March 7, 2012, 1:19 am
  3. PS… sorry got all worked up and forgot to say, very cool post!!!


    Posted by BuddhaKat | March 7, 2012, 1:11 am
  4. 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


    Posted by BuddhaKat | March 7, 2012, 1:10 am
  5. This might as well be the motto for the USA… Wars “R” Us… go on


    Posted by Don in Massachusetts | March 6, 2012, 11:56 pm
  6. 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?


    Posted by Tom | March 6, 2012, 5:34 pm
    • Tom, yes, we should, and we are, demanding good leadership. Government is corrupted by people, not in a vacuum. thanks for the comment. continue…


      Posted by barkinginthedark | March 6, 2012, 6:40 pm
      • 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?


        Posted by Tom | March 7, 2012, 2:23 pm
    • 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…


      Posted by barkinginthedark | March 7, 2012, 10:17 pm
      • 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…


        Posted by Tom | March 8, 2012, 2:39 pm
      • 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.


        Posted by Rachael Black | March 8, 2012, 5:43 pm
      • 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.


        Posted by Tom | March 9, 2012, 1:44 pm
  7. Your eloquence and I quote “…These are sad little boys Wielding grown-up war toys…”

    to which I add “Played with by soldier children…”

    is dis-heartening….


    Posted by jotsfromasmallapt | March 6, 2012, 2:44 pm
  8. 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.


    Posted by She speaks.... | March 6, 2012, 2:22 pm
  9. 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…


    Posted by El Guapo | March 6, 2012, 1:54 pm
    • EG, i fear you are right on all counts. it’s deja vu. thanks for your usual pithy comment. continue…


      Posted by barkinginthedark | March 6, 2012, 6:49 pm
      • 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!


        Posted by Suresh | July 17, 2013, 10:09 am
  10. 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.


    Posted by Single Malt Monkey | March 6, 2012, 10:48 am
  11. 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.


    Posted by Sparks In Shadow | March 6, 2012, 9:25 am
  12. 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.


    Posted by Frugalistablog | March 6, 2012, 6:41 am

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