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The Corrupted, Co-opted Conflicter-in-Chief.

The Cabinet is becoming a House of Horrors,
a mix of inexperience and wrong experience,
from 1%ers to Medicare privateers to Islamaphobes
even before Palin or Giuliani have found their seats.

Twitter’s a torrent of proposals and assertions
on voter fraud, flag burning and conflicts of interest,
ranging from unconstitutional to inane,
from phony boasts to outright lies.

Meanwhile, his unabashed self-dealing,
along with recounts, Russia, and other revelations,
plus Clinton’s 2.5 million popular vote lead,
makes Trump legitimacy and mandate
as fragile as his ego and his temper.

From conflicts of interest to conflicts in agenda,
to being a guy who just thrives on conflict,
he may have a minority of votes to be Commander-in-Chief
but he’d get all the votes declaring him Conflicter-in-Chief.

Escape the conflict and enjoy some comrades
as you vent and share, rant and care
at your local progressive social club.

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Politically Tough Living, But Still Thanksgiving

Trump is using his new role
to boost business deals, meet developers,
and bring his daughter who’ll run his empire
into top tier governmental meetings.

He’s using his appointments
to elevate white supremacists,
Islamaphobes, conspiracy theorists,
and folks too crazy for past Republicans.

And policy proposals from building a wall
to privatizing Medicare to banning Muslims
promise big fights and dark days ahead.

We’re not thankful for these election results.

But we’re thankful to the majority of voters
who wanted a different outcome.

Thankful for principled fighters
in our communities, cities, states, and Congress
who will fight to stop the worst GOP excesses.

Thankful for our friends, family, neighbors
with whom we’ll share a meal this week,
and who we’ll rely on and give support to,
along the rough road ahead.

So, even in tough electoral times,
we’ll find reason to give thanks
and let’s become the reason
others can give thanks as well.

In the meantime, if you’re thankful
for liberal community and lively conversation
join your local, progressive happy hour.

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It's Mourning in America

An antisemitic, misogynistic, white supremacist
as senior White House strategist
makes the chair of the divisive, destructive GOP.
becoming Chief of Staff seem downright reasonable.

A transition filled with conspiracy theorists,
rampant Islamapobes and real estate tycoons
is so dysfunctional and unnerving
it almost makes you nostalgic for Chris Christie.

And the winner of a minority of the popular vote
now steps up as the least prepared,
least respected, least liked person
to become president in US history.

No wonder the streets are filled with protest,
the airwaves and news feeds with disbelief,
and the faces of regular Americans filled
with the glazes and saddened look of shock.

Reagan once declared it was "morning in America."
Now, it's mourning in America.
And we still have 2 months until the Inauguration.

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It Ain't Over 'Til It's Over

They said it was impossible.
That the chance of victory was too small.
Then the Cubs won the World Series
with the same odds as Trump’s.

People took comfort in projections.
Maybe even got a little complacent.
And the Cubs proved last night
that the unimaginable can happen.

They were all but written off.
But through extra innings, and rain delays,
their comeback proved the old adage
that “it ain’t over ’til it’s over.”

When the unthinkable happens in baseball
it’s a fairytale come true.
If it happens in this election,
it’ll be a nightmare beyond imagination.

In politics, like baseball, it ain’t over ’till it’s over.
And even if you’re ready for this to be over,
there are just a few days left to do all you can
to make sure it’s the ending you’re hoping for.

Come out for our final pre-election gathering
of likable libation-lifting liberals
at your local progressive social club.

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It Ain't Over 'Til It's Over

They said it was impossible.
That the chance of victory was too small.
Then the Cubs won the World Series
with the same odds as Trump’s.

People took comfort in projections.
Maybe even got a little complacent.
And the Cubs proved last night
that the unimaginable can happen.

They were all but written off.
But through extra innings, and rain delays,
their comeback proved the old adage
that “it ain’t over ’til it’s over.”

When the unthinkable happens in baseball
it’s a fairytale come true.
If it happens in this election,
it’ll be a nightmare beyond imagination.

In politics, like baseball, it ain’t over ’till it’s over.
And even if you’re ready for this to be over,
there are just a few days left to do all you can
to make sure it’s the ending you’re hoping for.

Come out for our final pre-election gathering
of likable libation-lifting liberals
at your local progressive social club.

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An Election Scarier than Halloween

A Trump presidency. Scary.
The threat his followers will declare
that Hillary Clinton is illegitimate
in a new "birther" style movement. Also scary.

Trump's call for voter intimidation. Frightening.
The chance he won't concede. Anxiety-inducing.
That he might lose and then we'd STILL
have to see and hear from him. Nauseating.

A President Clinton facing a Republican Senate
that would obstruct her. Horrifying.
Clinton facing a Republican Senate majority
that would seek to impeach her. Terrifying.

If you thought Halloween was scary...
take another look at the Election.
Then make sure we all do what we can
to make it a little less frightening,
because Trumpkin is scarier than a pumpkin.

Share your scares and your cares
as you choose beer over fear
at your local progressive social club.

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Conceited, But Not Conceding

Donald Trump refuses to commit
to honoring the results of the election.
Yet he accuses Clinton of disrespecting the law.

He lashes out at his female accusers,
demeaning their looks, sticking by “locker room comments.”
Yet he says nobody respects women more than him.

He blames the media, his own party,
and a global conspiracy for his implosion.
The only one Donald Trump doesn’t blame is Donald Trump.

Trump may not be ready to concede,
but there’s no doubt he’s already conceited.
And now, Hillary needs to make sure he’s defeated.

The debates are done, but dialogues continues
over drinks and delightful discourse
at your local progressive social club.

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Trump’s Class Dismissed

Trump tries to dismiss leaked tapes
as no more than locker room talk.
But Americans recognize the difference
between locker rooms and sexual assault.

Republican leaders try to dismiss Trump
after too many months accepting his excesses.
And right-wing voters want to dismiss
the Republicans who date to turn against Trump.

And even now, from profiling Muslims,
to mocking those who accuse him,
to race-baiting about the Central Park Five,
Trump dismisses facts, reason, and civility.

Trump has dismissed class altogether,
and we all just can’t wait for the bell to ring
and this horrific class to be dismissed
so we can be free of him once and for all.

So much to share, so little time,
so come on by to raise a glass and a topic
at your local progressive social club.

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Kaine and Unable

Tim Kaine and Mike Pence faced off,
with Kaine articulating a progressive vision,
and Pence unable to decide whether he’s running
for VP in 2016 or President in 2020.

Kaine attacked Trump’s bigotry and hypocrisy,
his dishonesty and his recklessness,
while Pence was unable to make the case
for the man at the top of his ticket.

And a half dozen times, Kaine asked
if Pence would stand by Trump's statements.
Pence was not only unable to defend his boss,
he was unable to admit what Trump had said.

In short, it was the story of Kaine and Unable.
And Sunday, we’ll go from Mr. Unable to Mr. Unstable.

With 5 weeks left, so much to share,
including your views, some booths, and a sip of booze
at your local progressive social club.

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TemperaMENTAL

It’s not just that on Monday night Donald Trump
bullied, interrupted constantly and lied repeatedly,
it’s that he followed the debate with accusations
of moderator bias and even a rigged microphone.

Or that he was called out for insulting a Miss Universe,
calling her “Miss Piggy” and “Miss Housekeeping,”
or that he had no reply to this during the debate,
it’s that he doubled down on the insults the next day.

Or that he was ill-prepared to debate and ill-fit to lead,
that he boasted of his tax evasions and bankruptcies,
of broken contracts and his own wealth,
it’s that he then claimed he had the best “temperament.”

Donald Trump showed his temper, that’s for sure.
And he put the “mental” into “temperamental.”

Hillary Clinton combined the best of Bernie’s agenda,
with her own signature style and stamina,
as Donald took the bait, and she took the debate.

And yet, this race is still neck and neck.

Share reactions and plans for actions
as you share a drink and what you think
at your local progressive social club.

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