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Shut Down A Little Less, Shut Up A Little More

The right-wing shuts down the government
slamming our social services as superfluous
at the same time that millions of Americans
are seeking new government healthcare service.

Conservatives complain about public employees
but their shut down has shut out these workers
preventing them from doing jobs for the public good.

The GOP shut-down has turned into a shut-storm
as they struggle to remember why they did it,
yet the more they they bluster and fluster,
the less sense -- and less progress- they make.

Meanwhile, the ACA is driving costs down,
we're talking to Iran & inspecting Syria.
Maybe the Tea Party should shut down a little less
and simply shut up a little bit more.

And as long as our government is powered down,
couldn't the NSA stop spying for a few days?

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or offer a prayer for the health of our nation,
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Green Eggs and Sham

Green Eggs and Sham

Ted Cruz did cram all the words he could ram
as he tried to slam and sought to damn
a health program to help your fam,
invoking Sam from Green Eggs and Ham.

His ideas have dust and opinions rust,
but with gusto, lust and bluster robust
he fretted and fussed and cringed and cussed
as he may and must to filibust.

He took the floor for many and more
with a right-wing roar at his conservative core.
But what lore in store was he fighting for?
To slam the door on the working poor?

Like a babbling brook he shimmied and shook,
taking hammer and hook to the plan he forsook.
Yet for this scheme he did cook, did he actually look
at the Dr Seuss book from which quotations he took?

Because, sir and m'am, our friend Sam-I-Am
works out of his jam, burst through the dam
and with a bam and a blam LIKES Green Eggs and Ham.
Sadly, that won't quiet or calm the Senator's scam.

He filibustered with Green Eggs and Ham.
But really it was all Greed, Ego and Sham.

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When History Is Repeated, We Are Defeated

Another gunman, another senseless massacre.
A reprise of calls not to politicize the tragedy.
Will we find the fortitude for sensible solutions
or fall to the familiar fate of silent stagnation?

Another budget "crisis" created by Congress,
more showdowns and potential shutdowns,
ever more efforts to oppose and undercut Obamacare.
When will we find the force to fight this foolishness?

Nearly another war with fuzzy goals and foggy strategy,
but diplomacy has stalled that misadventure for now.
Nearly a recycled revival for Larry Summers,
but advocacy has led the Fed away from that folly.

Seems we've heard many of these stories before,
but when we learn from history, we can make a better choice.
When we let history be repeated that we all are defeated.

From the tragedy at the DC Navy Yards
to forging an international response to the crisis in Syria
to the drunken drama unfolding on Capitol Hill,
let's all hope our leaders studied these history lessons.

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We Now Interrupt Your Previously Scheduled War

The Obama Team wanted to start bombing Syria
with an international force and global mandate,
until our allies around the world said, No Thanks.

So the President pushed for America to act alone,
creating a rare moment of bipartisan unity
as Congress said, Slow Down…Not Yet.

But we were told bombs were still the only choice
until John Kerry mentioned a diplomatic option:
to which the Syrian regime has so far said: OK.

The President had to edit his previously scheduled speech.
Now let's hope he interrupts his previously scheduled war.

The Syria crisis deserves international attention and action
more effective than a go-it-alone bombing campaign.

Let's mark September 11th by seeking diplomacy and peace,
praying that we can end war with an alternative to war.

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Where's A Washington Stalemate When You Need One?

Obama seeks Congressional approval to strike Syria,
a mission lacking clear reason, aims and scope.
He wants swift action but maybe Congress will move
as quickly as it did to consider the American Jobs Act.

The President wants the green light to go it alone,
as NATO passes, the UN stalls & England bows out.
Maybe the House and Senate can deliberate
as effectively as they did to avoid the sequester.

The White House is boosting a Bush-sized blunder
that could turn into a Bush-quality quagmire.
Maybe Washington will reach as much consensus
as it has over immigration, guns and energy policy.

President Obama may be playing 3-dimensional chess
as he imagines a winning strategy in bombing Syria.

Our only hope to avoiding this new war
may be if Congress instead plays to a stalemate…
forcing the Prez to rely on diplomacy,
international institutions & global pressure instead.

Where's some good, old fashion Capitol Hill
inaction, lethargy and obstructionism when we need it?

Shana Tova! May these high holidays see peace
and may we all head back-to-school this season
to relearn the recent history we've already forgotten.

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as we cheer Labor Day, toast Rosh Hashannah,
and share a prayer for a peaceful tomorrow
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Now that we're finally untangling ourselves
from quagmires in Iraq and Afghanistan,
"serious people" on both sides of the aisle call for
a new open-ended Middle East military incursion.

At home, we hear about austerity and cuts,
yet we're considering a blank check
to send missiles half a world away.

We can't address climate change or immigration,
can't vote on gun legislation or jobs bills,
but we can find the time to start a bombing campaign
that most Americans don't really understand.

Fifty year after the inspiration of "I have a dream,"
is our greatest dream really another attack?
Is war all we can be serious about as a country?

There are issues we need to tackle seriously.
Do we need to prioritize tackling Syria? Syriasly?

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A Secret Democracy Doesn't Secrete Democracy

A secret court rebuked the NSA's secret program
which collected secrets of countless Americans
-- yet this report was, until now, secret.

Bradley Manning revealed secret messages
that educated the public, shed light on corruption,
contributing to our understanding of our government
-- and he was sentenced to 35 years.

Edward Snowden blew the whistle on the NSA,
telling Americans about invasive operations
that sacrifice our liberty in the name of security
-- and now he himself is being deprived of both.

A government with too many secrets lead to
abuses, violations, arrests, intimidation,
humiliations, divisions and forms of authoritarianism.

These are the secretions of an ill government,
not the symbols of a vibrant civil society.

A secret democracy doesn't secrete democracy.

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Summer Hopes, Some Are Hopeless

From Egypt's Arab Spring to Morsi's sudden fall,
peaceful possibility turned to clash & confrontation
as democratic dreams are dashed by death & devastation.

Momentum on immigration reform hit a stalemate,
talks of job creation turned to threats of a shutdown
& while Obamacare rolls out to boost health coverage,
the GOP continues to vote to repeal it.

Post-election promises of cross-partisan collaboration
turned to divisive legislation from Texas to North Carolina
curbing voting rights, reproductive rights & workers rights.

We started this season with summer hopes,
but are reminded again that some are hopeless.

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with seasoned conversation on a summer night
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Putin on the Fritz

Putin on the Fritz

Putin granted Snowden asylum
so Obama's canceling his Russia trip.
The Cold War's over, but the Big Chill is on.

Russia's fierce & frightening anti-gay laws
spark global outcry against the Olympics.
Instead of "From Russia With Love,"
the world's feeling "From Russia, No Love."

In the face of growing democracy movements,
Putin's been jailing dissident political rivals.
One of them is now running for Moscow Mayor.

Sochi 2014's supposed to be Putin on the Ritz.
His Presidency's intended as Putin on the Blitz.
Yet facing protest at home & backlash abroad,
it's looking more like Putin on the Fritz.

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