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Standing Up and Sitting In vs Shutting Down and Shutting Off

House Democrats stage a sit-in in Congress
to demand action to reduce gun violence.
GOP shuts down C-SPAN cameras, shuts off lights,
and sits on its hands in response to the crisis.

Senate Dems stood up to filibuster the status quo,
speaking up for commonsense background checks,
while Republicans stood down to the NRA
and voted to shut down any chance for progress.

While Dems focus on wrong and limited measures,
fixating on the problematic “watch list,”
Americans step up for an assault weapons ban,
which we had until the right wing squashed it down.

Following Orlando, folks are choosing sides:
stand up, sit in, speak up, step up —
or slow down, shut off, stand in the way, shut down.

And it’s time various Republicans and some Dems
to sit down, shut up, or step out of the way.

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Orlando, Outraged and Overwhelmed

The largest mass shooting in modern history
murders 50 and injures many more,
and while we do send thoughts and prayers to Orlando
it’s also clear thoughts and prayers just aren’t enough.

We could end vitriol against the LGBTQ community
which was the target of the attack.
We could tackle the fast-killing assault weapons
which have no place in our homes, towns and cities.

We can tighten background checks,
invest more in mental health screening and support,
— or we could do all of the above and more.

Yet, the NRA calls for more guns,
the GOP nominee calls to ban Muslims,
and even the Dems who mount a vigorous filibuster
focus a poor strategy on the flawed “watch list”
—not believing they can take on assault weapons.

People in Orlando and around the country grieve
donate, volunteer, demand & stand in solidarity.
We are overwhelmed and we are outraged.

But Politicians on the right give outrageous responses
and on the left are outrageously unable to find
an opportunity for progress in this overwhelming moment.

We’re all overwhelmed. We’re all outraged.
We all stand with Orlando.
But solidarity, like thoughts and prayers, still isn’t enough.

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Knockout Punch?

With victories on a big primary night,
Hillary Clinton delivered a blow --
to the glass ceiling of presidential primaries.

Bernie Sanders is still standing for now
with a campaign mobilizing millions
defying convention, driving toward the Convention
and pounding on a stagnant political establishment.

And Donald Trump is taking hit after hit --
from critics, the media and fellow Republicans --
for racist comments about federal judges.
Yet keeps on standing round after round.

Who will be the Muhammad Ali of politics,
floating like a butterfly, stinging like a bee,
and delivering the knock out punch
that will lay Donald flat on the mat?

As one bell rings, we bid farewell to a champ,
and as other bells are ringing,
we come closer to bidding farewell to the primary.

As always, cheer, jeer, and share a beer
as you trade ideas, energy and a few jabs
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Trump: So Broke He's Breaking Us All

It's reported that Donald Trump's greatest grief
is that the greedy grubber's not as rich as he wishes
and he's hiding his tax returns to hide the fact
that he's not broke, but he's no billionaire either.

Trump University was a broken promise,
leaving students broke and broken
as more revelations of the fraud break each day.

Trump pitches bankrupt values
and a broken mess of bankrupting policies
as he breaks every rule of democratic discourse
with a campaign that's reportedly close to broke.

Yes, his broke campaign isn't broken,
as he surges in polls, dominates the news
and this broken broke bloke breaks out
threatening to break our democracy.

He's so broke, he might break us all.

Break out of political despair
as you break into lively political conversation
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If Abraham Lincoln Weren’t Dead, This Would Kill Him

Abraham Lincoln fought to end slavery,
preserve our Constitution and reunify America.
Donald Trump has the support of white supremacists,
disregards the Constitution and divides America.

Teddy Roosevelt took on the trusts,
while ushering in progressive reforms.
Trump wants to outsource government to CEOs
and rollback every progressive act under Obama.

Susan B. Anthony fought for women’s rights.
Trump opposes equal pay, suggested punishment
for making medical choices about women’s health,
and abusively, aggressive degrades women.

Lincoln, Roosevelt, Anthony were all Republicans.
Trump has now clinched the GOP nomination.

Good thing Abe, Teddy, and Susan B. are long gone.
Otherwise, this would have killed them.

Toast to the demise of the “grand” old party,
lament at what Trump’s campaign means for America
and take comfort in cold drinks and warm company
at your local progressive social club.

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Bathroom, Bigots, Bullies and BS

Liberals call North Carolina's "bathroom bill" bigotry
and praise the president's pro-transgender policy.
Conservatives accuse Obama of imperial overreach
while bolting to get more states into the bathroom business.

Liberals see the new overtime regulations
as a much-needed boost to hard-working Americans.
Conservatives call it job-killing tyranny.

Liberals see in Trump an unqualified charlatan,
ill-suited, intemperate, in bed with racists and xenophobes.
Republicans see their next nominee
and with surprising speed unify behind their standard-bearer.

Liberals and conservatives always have different opinions.
But sometimes, it feels like we live on different planets.

Who knew how many ways one could look
at bathrooms, bigots and bullies?
And just how much BS each could inspire?

And the election season is only getting stranger.

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GOP: The Visions and Divisions

Trump offers competing visions for America —
that compete with Democrats, with Republicans,
and even competes with his own visions
that he’d stated just days before.

The Bushes and some senators peel off from Trump,
Paul Ryan backs away, then backtracks forward,
and many Republicans leaders try to avoid
admitting if they’ll back the Republican nominee.

And yet, Democrats, don’t be gleeful —
because Republican voters seem less divided
than the elected officials of their party,
and have unified behind Trump in recent polls
more quickly than anyone envisioned.

Are we on the brink of Republican division,
or might we fall prey to a Republican vision
of winning the White House behind a bigoted bully
who will give our nominee a run for the money?

An election year full of surprises
as candidates eye the highest prizes.

Get away from it all, and get in good company
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The Revolting Republicans

The uprising in the Republican base
upended every establishment pick,
upset hard-core conservative contenders
and upped an offensive, obnoxious egomaniac
into a national presidential nomination.

Indiana’s answer to “Hoosier candidate?”
was the end of the charmless campaign
of the vile, venomous, creepy-crawly Cruz,
whose own colleagues were more likely
to rise up against him than stand up for him.

And the winning rodent in the Republican rat-race
bashes women, immigrants, Muslims,
says wages are too high and walls are too low
and is a media-bloated bigoted billionaire
who somehow claims to be the “outsider.”

The Republican voters may have revolted,
but their solution has proved every bit as revolting
as the ridiculous, reprehensible right wingers
they thought they were rebelling against.

Meanwhile, Bernie wins another state,
Hillary closes in on winning the nation,
and all Dems who want to win November
better prep for the bulldozer the GOP couldn’t stop.

Catharsis or concern, adrenalized of anxious,
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April Glowers Bring May Powers

April turned ugly on the Democratic side
as Hillary and Bernie accused and insulted,
a sign that the race was too tight for generosity,
though following New York and Super Tuesday 3,
it no longer seems quite as close an encounter.

It remained even uglier on the Republican side
as Trump bashed Cruz, lashed at Kasich,
then smashed them both on primary nights,
even as they tried to build a wall that could stop him.

And the glowering and grimacing of the DC GOP
as it stands in the way of the Supreme Court nominee
should be President Obama’s final justification
to ignore them completely as he governs
over his final 6 months in the White House.

You’ve heard April showers bring May flowers.
This year, April’s glowers have brought May powers
for Hillary who’s on top of the hill, Trump who’s trouncing,
as both power their way into the last stretch of primaries.

Raise an early toast to May Day - or shout mayday! -
in the company of fellow liberals and frothy libations
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Bern, Bills and Bets

Despite massive rallies feeling the Bern,
Bernie burned out against Hillary in NY
-- while many New Yorkers felt burned
by the bungling Board of Elections voter purges.

Triumphant Trump lumped his rivals,
bruising Cruz, kicking Kasich,
and taking another leap toward the nomination
that most people thought would never be his.

Andrew Jackson faces a defeat of his own
as Harriet Tubman takes the $20 bill,
while Hamilton's new-found stardom
saves his place on the $10.

If you were betting on an upset in New York
bullish on Bernie, banking on blocking Trump,
you'd have lost those bets this week.

But at least Tubman bested Jackson
in a bet nobody would've taken 150 years ago.

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as you banter big ideas in bright company
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