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Political Summer Reruns, With No New Programs In Sight

Another devastating, fatal, senseless shooting.
Another self-deceiving reply: "Who could have predicted?!"
Another set of excuses not to talk about sensible gun laws.

Another scandal as banks behave badly in brand new ways.
Another series of surprised reactions: "How could they?!"
Another round of ignoring repeated, systemic problems.

Another month of record heat and widespread drought.
Another set of climate change denials.
Another decision to wait and see what happens next
before fighting for real climate and energy policy.

Another quarter of a sluggish economy.
Another half-hearted effort for the American Jobs Act
…and another GOP House vote to repeal healthcare.

When television is full of summer reruns,
at least you know the fall will bring new programming.

But when our news & politics are full of reruns,
and we have a cautious incumbent & callow challenger,
it's unlikely we'll be seeing many new programs this fall.

Where's the Policy Sweeps Week when you need it?

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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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as you warm up for political conversation
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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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