A Very Perry, Graham-Slammed, Am-Bushed Season

Before Jeb even officially announced he’s running,
we’re already feeling bushed by reports about Bush,
and are about to be ambushed but his money-machine.

Now, Lindsey Graham joins the slam,
Rick Perry reports he’s very ready,
and though Pataki is rocky and Santorum a ho-hum,
they are both in — and the list goes on.

Finally, there’s Democratic action:
Bernie is burning, O’Malley tries to rally,
and even Chafee chafes into the primary.

Hope you’re not bored by primary politics:
because it’s a loud crowd and a long, hot summer
and whether we like it or not, we’re beginning
a very Perry, Graham-Slam Am-Bushed Season.

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Maybe FIFA Should Join the Republican Primary

Maybe FIFA Should Join the Republican Primary

FIFA, which runs the World Cup,
is given a red card for corruption.
But in America, legalized bribery
is pouring money into presidential politics.

The World Cup was already under fire
for extensive labor violations in Qatar.
In the US, TPP proponents push a trade deal
that could undermine workers rights globally.

Even now, FIFA officials would be more popular
than long-forgotten George Pataki.
And in a field with Jeb Bush and Scott Walker,
FIFA wouldn’t be the only one with financial scandals.

The only problem: soccer is so popular
among immigrants and Spanish-speakers,
there’s no way Republicans would vote for it.

Then again, Republicans just overturned
the death penalty in Nebraska.
So anything is possible.

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Marathon Men

Rand Paul launches a filibuster-ish fight
as the principled voice protesting the Patriot Act,
and speaks for a marathon 11 hours
becoming, for a moment, an unlikely hero to the Left.

In Boston, the jury chooses the death penalty
to end the story of the Marathon bomber,
yet even such a verdict won’t quickly bring survivors
to the finish line in their own journey of mourning.

As Bobby Jindal, Lindsey Graham and George Pataki
toy with their own presidential ambitions,
and the GOP wrestles with how to conduct debates,
that marathon promises to be one heck of a spectacle.

Fast Track for the TPP has turned into a slow track,
Iran negotiations continue moving slow-and-steady,
and meanwhile, Letterman finishes a 33-year run of his own.

It’s not a season for sprinting, but a summer for long hauls,
as politics promises to produce a series of Marathon Men.

And given that Hillary Clinton has been running for years,
there’s one pretty powerful Marathon Woman as well.

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Fast Track, Amtrak, Off-Track

After the Senate temporarily derailed
efforts to rush approval of a corporate trade deal,
looks like Democrats are now taking the wrong track
and getting back on board with Fast Track.

After the tragic and deadly Amtrak crash,
we’re reminded that our first-rate nation
is saddled with second-rate infrastructure
and its time to get investment back on track.

After a weak week on the campaign trail,
Jeb’s gone off-track when it comes to Iraq,
but with other GOP hopefuls just as hopeless,
he’s still a leader of this pack.

Americans are ready to invest in America —
yet from Fast Track to Amtrak, we’ve gone off-track.

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Deflated Balls

Charges brought in Baltimore offer a modicum of hope
to a deflated city that seems defined by despair.

Dems and the prez battle over a massive trade deal
that has deflated the spirits of those who cheered
Obama’s post-midterm progressive resurgence.

As Carly Fiorina jumps in to outsource America,
Huckabee runs to be Scold-in-Chief,
and Christie suffers from an unfolding court case,
the GOP must have deflated expectations of winning.

Yet, with all this, the story the news will really cover
is whether grown men cheated like little kids at football.

The media’s going to be talking about deflated balls —
Tom Brady’s, that is, not Chris Christie’s.

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What’s black-and-white with Freddy Gray

In Baltimore, the clear tragedy of Freddie Gray
has marked yet another death of a black male
at the hands of those in uniforms of blue,
leading to protests that are many shades of gray.

The issue has entered presidential politics,
as Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton both addressed
complicated issues about blacks and whites,
with conclusions that are hardly black-and-white.

And while we affirm #BlackLivesMatter in the U.S.,
our hearts are shadowed by thousands of lives lost
in an earthquake that shook Nepal to its core.

While many march saying, “We are Freddy Gray,”
many more of us are simply feeling gray:
clouded and confused, searching for clarity,
in a world gone very out of focus.

Meanwhile, there’s Bernie Sanders —
who is about to color outside the lines
in the 2016 Democratic primary.

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Waging Wars and Warring For Wages

Diplomacy could be the President’s lasting imprint,
but hawks seek to undermine Iran negotiations,
and Obama threatens to sabotage his own legacy
as his ISIS escalation risks a new Mideast quagmire.

On the home front, the Fight for $15
pushes minimum wage into maximum spotlight,
and Democrats realize that waging a wage war
could be their best battlefield leading to 2016.

Meanwhile, the President splits with his party
over the monstrous TPP trade deal —
as labor warns of low wages and currency wars,
the Left finds its own set of negotiations to oppose.

Unlikely allies and escalation on all fronts
as some in Congress choose to wage wars
and others focus on warring for wages.
How it works out is anyone’s wager.

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Back to the Future

Delusional, warmongering Senate hawks
talk about bombing a Middle East country.
Last time it was Iraq, this time Iran —
if you blur your vision, you might confuse the two.

Big corporations’ cronies in Congress
push for a trade deal that will benefit big business
but hurt American workers and the environment.
Yesterday’s NAFTA is today’s TPP.

And Clinton is running for president,
while Bush shores up a skeptical GOP base
and a libertarian named Paul makes some noise.

Looks like the dream of the 90s is alive and well,
we’ve landed somewhere between 1992 and 2003,
and we could all use a time machine
to bring us back to the future.

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Little Shock. Less Awe.

The nation is outraged by a video
of a police officer killing and framing a man,
but sadly the nation isn’t too surprised,
as events such as these recur in the headlines.

A historic announcement shows diplomacy works,
and yet the GOP wants to sabotage negotiations.
No surprise that a party that was wrong on Iraq
is running to be just as wrong on Iran.

And Rand Paul launched his bid,
thinking he’d quickly shock the field —
but all that he did was underwhelm expectations,
stumble on issues and shush a few reporters.

From warmongers wanting to bomb Iran
to aggressive police tactics across the nation
to presidential campaigns opening with a bang,
everyone seems to be going for shock and awe.

But with very few surprises,
and tactics worthy of no respect whatsoever,
this week has offered little shock, and a lot less awe.

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Exodus and Easter from Indiana to Iran

In response to Indiana’s anti-LGBT legislation,
businesses threatened such an Exodus
that Pharaoh Pence is changing his tune.

The outcry in Arkansas was so loud
that Hutchinson couldn’t play Pontius Pilate —
realizing he’d be stained by discrimination,
he sent the bill back unsigned.

And meanwhile, despite the cries of neocons,
diplomats continue talks on Iran’s nuclear program.
It may feel as torturous as 40 years in the desert,
but maybe the Holy Land is at the end of this journey.

As Christians and Jews embrace a holy weekend,
the right wing would do well to remember:
Jesus was the immigrant son of an unwed mother,
Moses represented a persecuted minority,
they both were community organizers,
and in neither story is discrimination a good thing.

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