America’s Pastime?

A congressional baseball game interrupted
by the deranged violence of a gunman.
Violent political protest cannot be tolerated,
yet in our society, gun violence too often is.

The Senate changes the rules of the game
to use unprecedented, undemocratic secrecy
to push a disastrous health care repeal
disregarding Senate protocol, American democracy,
and tens of millions whose health care is at stake.

Trump’s team weighs firing the special counsel,
Sessions is defiant about his own deceit,
and daily headlines make obstruction of justice
a new common feature in American politics.

It sure was nicer when baseball --
and also democracy -- were America’s pastime,
instead of violence, secrecy, watching angry tweets,
and unrelenting attacks on the Constitution.

Raise a glass to baseball and democracy,
to victims of yesterday's shooting
and to victims of gun violence everywhere,
as well as to those who defend our Constitution
at your local progressive social club.

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