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The Disease Unease Trapeze

Ebola causes suffering in Liberia and Sierra Leone,
but America’s response to the crisis is limited,
more likely to spend money bombing the Middle East
than containing a real threat in Africa.

A few cases in America has led to panic
as two-thirds of Americans expect an outbreak,
though a majority of us don’t know how Ebola spreads,
and we ignore more common diseases that kill everyday.

The GOP stokes fear as a campaign gimmick
but their policies have slashed NIH and CDC,
obstructed the Surgeon General nominee
and underfunded our emergency responders.

It’s hard to be rational when you’re really afraid,
hard to be measured amidst misinformation,
so public opinion is ping-ponging with panic
as though swinging on a disease unease trapeze.

This is the kind of emergency when you want
a fully-funded, functional government response.
Too bad the Right has fought against that for years.

In the meantime, calm your worries, slow your hurries
and enjoy a night of conversation and camaraderie
at your local progressive social club.

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A Gay Old Party vs The Grand Old Party

The Supreme Court’s refusal to overturn rulings
has expanded marriage equality to more states.
Yet when it comes to approving of equal rights,
many GOP leaders still can’t admit, “I do.”

While Americans increasingly side with equality,
and many couples now declare their commitment,
many conservatives renew their commitment
to a backward battle on the wrong side of history.

And even while some Republicans accept marriage,
they oppose employment non-discrimination,
adoption rights and transgender rights.

America’s throwing a gay old party!
The only folks not celebrating: the Grand Old Party.
When you look at those two parties,
it’s pretty clear which looks like more fun.

With a few weeks until the midterms,
plenty to discuss, debate, share and be aware
as you raise a glass and raise your voice
at your local progressive social club.

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Pols Are Scary. Polls Are Scarier.

Republicans have spent years in Washington
obstructing, opposing, derailing and distracting.
Polls now show them winning the Senate.

Conservatives want to privatize Social Security,
slash education and give corporate tax breaks,
while fighting the minimum wage, both control,
carbon regulation and immigration reform.
Now they are predicted to gain more seats.

Tea Party candidates deny evolution,
refute climate change, vilify Muslims,
belittle rape, and argue corporations are people.
If the election were today, they’d be in charge.

Politicians can say frightening things
and ome of these pols are downright scary.
But the latest polls are even scarier.

If you need a drink, you’re not alone —
discuss, debate, despair and dig in
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President O-Bomb-a

The President whose political star rose
as a principled voice to end a Mideast war
has just started a new bombing campaign there.

The leader who dreamed of international efforts
on climate change and nuclear non-proliferation
has pivoted the UN assembly from building to bombing,
from collaboration to confrontation.

The man who has had enough trouble
moving a progressive domestic agenda in DC
just alienated allies, tied up resources, shifted focus,
leaving his progressive priorities adrift.

During his campaigns, Obama was the bomb.
Now, he’s a President who drops bombs.
Possibly, it’ll cause his agenda to bomb.
Bombs away, President O-Bomb-a.

Hope for peace, work for progress
and raise a glass saying Shana Tova,
as you share ideas and share the night
at your local progressive social club.

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When You're In A Hole, Stop Digging

It’s a mess in the Middle East but not clear
how the US helps by making it messier.
As we arm questionable “allies,” remember:
getting Syrian is easier than getting Syri-out.

The NFL and Roger Goodell are under fire
for their bungled response to players’ atrocities.
They need a half-time change in strategy
before they all get sacked in the end zone.

Our planet’s confronting a climate disaster,
the GOP’s denying it, Dems are slow to act
— at least there’s the People’s Climate March,
reminding us you don't drill your way out of a hole.

Whether you’re Obama’s international advisers,
the NFL’s crisis-managers or world leaders,
it’s worth heeding the lesson:
when you’re already in a hole, stop digging.

We’re in deep enough.
Time to move the other direction.

Come share your thought and share the nights
as we pour pints and pour at our hearts
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How Quickly "Never Forget" is Forgotten

On the eve of September 11th, the President outlined
an intense military escalation in the Middle East
without clear rationale or achievable goals,
without full public debate or Congressional approval.

The devastating attack 13 years ago led us
onto a mad dash into a war in the wrong country,
compromising entanglements and costly quagmires,
all real threats of Obama's ISIS operation.

The candidate who opposed the "wrong war"
became a Senator, then President,
who may now lead us into the country
we elected him to help get us out of.

In the Senate, the GOP defends money in politics.
On the campaign trail, Tea Party rhetoric heats up.
Today, a date we honored with civility, calm and unity,
is now a day of divisive, distracting business as usual.

Thirteen years ago, we were shocked
and in the aftermath we said, we'd never forget.
Today's politics seem that "never forget" is forgotten
as are the lessons of what followed that day.

Our thoughts with those who lost loved ones that day,
and our prayers for peace here and abroad
as we join new friends and old to share a night
at our local progressive social club.

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Time for Politiicans to Head Back to School

As the Obama administration escalates military actions,
it would do well to reread a history book
on what quagmires did to LBJ's domestic agenda.

As the GOP presses a midterm election agenda
that's anti-woman, anti-immigrant, anti-gay, anti-diversity,
they might want a math lesson on what this approach
will do to their long-term electoral hopes.

As the Justice Department scrutinizes Ferguson,
police forces everywhere should brush up on civics,
remembering what it means to "serve and protect"
and to treat all citizens equal in the eyes of the law.

As this fall showcases 2016's Presidential hopefuls,
Cruz, Paul, Perry, Rubio, Ryan, Bush, Huckabee
should all review their science books before debating
climate change, evolution and reproductive health.

As for Hillary Rodham Clinton, get ready for gym class:
to be ready to run the race of her life
while playing some dodgeball along the way.

Labor Day has passed, summer is ending
and looks like everyone is heading back to school.

Learn a little, laugh a lot and take a lesson
in liberal libations with like-minded left-leaners
at your local progressive social club.

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From Ice Buckets To ISIS Rockets

The US escalates action against ISIS
with the threat of plunging into another war,
but we are more likely to hear about ice buckets
and who has plunged themselves to fight ALS.

We are already tuning out the violence in Gaza,
weary of ceasefires and wary of solutions,
but tune in to one senseless, sensational video
of an uzi accident that takes one life and ruins others.

The mourning continues in Ferguson and elsewhere,
some Senators discuss de-militarizing police,
but few people really believe anything will change
and we wait to hear of the next case of lethal force.

All these topics deserve our attention --
but it's harder to focus on big issues that YouTube videos.
We need ice water dumped on our collective heads
to shock us into paying attention to the larger world.

In the meantime, how about an icy beer,
chill company and cool conversation
at your local progressive social club.

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We Are The World

We're wary of sending tanks back into Iraq
and alarmed by Russian tanks near Ukraine.
Meanwhile we witness police on military tanks
rolling through the streets of Ferguson.

We're aghast at the beheading of a journalist in Syria
and the deaths of civilians in the Gaza war.
Meanwhile journalists are being arrested in Ferguson
while covering the senseless killing of an unarmed teen.

We watch the chaos of Ebola quarantines
while our own citizens in Ferguson
are quarantined by police action and curfew,
trapped by historical and institutional racism.

We look with horror and fear at so much in the world
but we don't need to look further than Missouri.

We also look to change and help and save the world --
well, we are the world…so let's start the change here.

Change your mood with a warm welcome,
sharing ideas and beers with a few peers
at your local progressive social club.

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Unarmed But Not Unharmed

An unarmed black teen is gunned down in Ferguson
and now protesters face a militarized police force
keeping the peace with instruments of war.

Civilians shudder as the Israel/Hamas conflict smolders,
the plight of innocents inches America back into Iraq
and the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee
calls for a foreign policy of even more military force.

Ebola returns to public attention
as it claims lives with sudden fury.
Depression returns to center stage
the quiet killer of beloved and gifted Robin Williams.

Overseas to our own shores, with violence and silence
by guns and bombs, disease and depression,
we are reminded and should be alarmed
that being unarmed doesn't mean being unharmed.

Need company, conversation or comrades,
find them all sharing a toast and an evening
at your local progressive social club.

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