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Real-World Divisions vs Olympic-Sized Visions

Some competitors are caught doping,
some are expelled for throwing matches,
but at least none are going after each other
with drone attacks or car bombs.

Some of the players forget to have fun,
some seem more like machines than athletes,
yet they showcase the desire of all nations
to be seen with and respected by one another.

The expense of it all may be excessive,
the commercialism at times repulsive,
however this global pageant envisions a world
where everyone has food, health & a team.

As we groan at what's worst about the Olympics,
we can still dream a world that embodies
what's best about the Olympics.

After all, we're used to cheating & commercialism.
It's the hope, peace & prosperity we'd like more of.
Though we all know real world divisions --
can we be inspired by Olympic-sized visions?

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Facing Violence With More Than Silence

Politicians avoid talking gun control
and get away with it when it's not an issue.
Then a terrible act occurs, guns are an issue,
and pols say it's the wrong time to talk about it.

The Aurora killer used an assault weapon
that used to be banned and is now legal.
Yet the people running to represent us
talk about anything except changing laws.

"Guns don't kill people; people kill people"
is the common defense we hear from the right.
Guns did kill people; yet people let guns live.

Candidates speechify with nothing to say.
They feel, they "heal" but won't act for real.
When guns attack, we don't fight back --
time to face violence with more than silence.

We'll face our fears, share our tears,
search for cheer & hoist a beer
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Batman Fights Bane, Mitt-Man is Bain

In the movies, a military contractor turns to peace
and Iron Man ends up leading the Avengers.
In the real world, military contractors stick to war
and end up funding the conservative agenda.

When his uncle was killed by gun violence,
Peter Parker fought for justice as Spiderman.
When a young boy was killed by gun violence,
right-wingers fought for "Stand Your Ground."

And when Gotham needs a Dark Knight,
a wealthy hero crusades for the least among us.
When the Republicans sought their savior,
a wealthy candidate crusades for the super-rich.

In the Dark Knight Rises, Batman battles Bane.
As the GOP collapses, it's led by the man from Bain.

Comic book movies vs. the conservative movement:
more fun, more popular and much better policies.

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It's Not the Heat, It's the Stupidity

As our nation faces a scorching heatwave
in the midst of the hottest year on record,
climate change deniers simply blame "summer."

The weeks of wildfires blazing across Colorado
follow storms and droughts and tornadoes
yet right-wingers want to cut emergency relief,
hoping trickle-down economics squelch the flames.

Religious radicals believe a God will save us
from an eventual Armageddon --
yet refuse the role of steward of God's Earth
in the face of Apocalyptic weather patterns.

Sometimes we apologize for the weather,
saying "It's not the heat, it's the humidity."

This time, there's no apology:
It's not just the heat, it's the stupidity.

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VIDEO: Rep. Keith Ellison Speaks to DL Minneapolis About Photo Voter ID

From DL Minneapolis' Steve Timmer:

Congressman Ellison has some strong views about what is really afoot in the efforts around the country to adopt photo voter ID requirements, and he doesn’t like it. He explained why when he came to Drinking Liberally on Thursday July 5, 2012.

Mitt Romney: No Declarations, Less Independence

Romney declared the health mandate wasn't a tax,
fearful he'd seem a tax-increasing Governor;
then sided with the Court declaring it is a tax,
hopeful to make Obama a tax-increasing President.

After Obama's announcement on immigrant youth,
Romney took a few days before saying anything at all,
then delivered a speech that said nothing at all,
except that he disagreed, somehow, with the President.

He tries to point to his moderate Massachusetts record
while actively courting the right-wing billionaires
whose Super PACs flood our democracy with money.

When it comes to tough questions,
Romney backpedals away from declarations.
When it comes to right-wing Super PACs,
he has no interest in independence.

Whatever you think of the mandate, join a person-date
with liberals, libations & lots of declarations
as we toast America's birthday & enjoy the night
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From Courtly Demeanor to Courting Disaster

The Supreme Court used to respect precedent,
but in refusing Montana's Citizens United challenge,
a body of nine non-elected Justices ruled in favor
of major change to our election law of the last century.

The Court used to pride itself on apolitical impartiality,
but Scalia chose to rail against Obama immigration policy
with the fervor he usually reserves for retreats
with right-wing funders and ultraconservative activists.

Americans once respected the High Court
more than any branch of the US Government --
but a series of shocking, divisive judgements
have seen faith falter and approval decline.

...and all that's before today's Obamacare decision,
bound to incite one side or the other
& ignite, rather than settle, the political landscape.

As the Court's puts aside its courtly demeanor,
it feels it's more and more courting disaster.

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over a courtly drink with courteous comrades
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For Mitt's Every Action, An Equal and Opposite Retraction

Romney forcefully disagrees with the President
over support of undocumented immigrant youth,
but then back pedals from clarifying
whether as President he'd repeal the policy.

Mitt says he's for Simpson Bowles recommendations,
which include a call for increased revenue
-- and that he stands by the Grover Norquist pledge
not to raise any taxes to increase government revenue.

He slams Obamacare over the individual mandate
then defends the mandate in Massachusetts.
His team leaks that Rubio won't be the VP pick,
after which Romney says Rubio's being vetted.

In physics, every action has an equal & opposite reaction.
In Mitt-ics, every action has an equal retraction.

And given the Tea Party stance on science, it won't be long
before Mitt comes out against the laws of physics as well.

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The Right-Wing Urge To Purge

Florida plans a purge of its voter rolls,
disenfranchising many of its own citizens
...because the most secure democracy
is the one where the fewest participate.

Romney's ready to purge our country,
arguing against teachers, police & firefighters
because he'd like Bain-style capitalism to bring
austerity to the many & wealth to a few.

And The Tea Party was ready to purge Jeb Bush
after he said the GOP had moved too far right
...a statement he quickly retracted
as he realized who held the Republican reins.

Meanwhile, the CEO who lost billions?
No purge there -- he keeps his job.

Progressives need a stronger surge
to push back the right-wing urge to purge.

And hopefully, the conservatives will know
what a purge feels like come November.

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Or just looking for levity, libations & lefties?
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When We Don't Remember, We Don't Recall

When we don't remember it was organized labor
that brought us weekends, wages & work safety,
it becomes easier to vote for a Governor
who stands against unions' interests & our own.

When we forget to check whose money
bankrolls his bottomless campaign coffers,
unfettered, unaccountable infusions
can overwhelm voters & buy out democracy.

When our recollection fails, we overlook
unprecedented power grabs & divisive laws,
and a Tea Party hero holds his office.

Conservative cons convinced & connived,
and Wisconsin - and America - lost on Tuesday.

When we don't remember, we don't Recall.
Time to fix our memory & our democracy.

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