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Where's A Washington Stalemate When You Need One?

Obama seeks Congressional approval to strike Syria,
a mission lacking clear reason, aims and scope.
He wants swift action but maybe Congress will move
as quickly as it did to consider the American Jobs Act.

The President wants the green light to go it alone,
as NATO passes, the UN stalls & England bows out.
Maybe the House and Senate can deliberate
as effectively as they did to avoid the sequester.

The White House is boosting a Bush-sized blunder
that could turn into a Bush-quality quagmire.
Maybe Washington will reach as much consensus
as it has over immigration, guns and energy policy.

President Obama may be playing 3-dimensional chess
as he imagines a winning strategy in bombing Syria.

Our only hope to avoiding this new war
may be if Congress instead plays to a stalemate…
forcing the Prez to rely on diplomacy,
international institutions & global pressure instead.

Where's some good, old fashion Capitol Hill
inaction, lethargy and obstructionism when we need it?

Shana Tova! May these high holidays see peace
and may we all head back-to-school this season
to relearn the recent history we've already forgotten.

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as we cheer Labor Day, toast Rosh Hashannah,
and share a prayer for a peaceful tomorrow
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Now that we're finally untangling ourselves
from quagmires in Iraq and Afghanistan,
"serious people" on both sides of the aisle call for
a new open-ended Middle East military incursion.

At home, we hear about austerity and cuts,
yet we're considering a blank check
to send missiles half a world away.

We can't address climate change or immigration,
can't vote on gun legislation or jobs bills,
but we can find the time to start a bombing campaign
that most Americans don't really understand.

Fifty year after the inspiration of "I have a dream,"
is our greatest dream really another attack?
Is war all we can be serious about as a country?

There are issues we need to tackle seriously.
Do we need to prioritize tackling Syria? Syriasly?

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A Secret Democracy Doesn't Secrete Democracy

A secret court rebuked the NSA's secret program
which collected secrets of countless Americans
-- yet this report was, until now, secret.

Bradley Manning revealed secret messages
that educated the public, shed light on corruption,
contributing to our understanding of our government
-- and he was sentenced to 35 years.

Edward Snowden blew the whistle on the NSA,
telling Americans about invasive operations
that sacrifice our liberty in the name of security
-- and now he himself is being deprived of both.

A government with too many secrets lead to
abuses, violations, arrests, intimidation,
humiliations, divisions and forms of authoritarianism.

These are the secretions of an ill government,
not the symbols of a vibrant civil society.

A secret democracy doesn't secrete democracy.

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Summer Hopes, Some Are Hopeless

From Egypt's Arab Spring to Morsi's sudden fall,
peaceful possibility turned to clash & confrontation
as democratic dreams are dashed by death & devastation.

Momentum on immigration reform hit a stalemate,
talks of job creation turned to threats of a shutdown
& while Obamacare rolls out to boost health coverage,
the GOP continues to vote to repeal it.

Post-election promises of cross-partisan collaboration
turned to divisive legislation from Texas to North Carolina
curbing voting rights, reproductive rights & workers rights.

We started this season with summer hopes,
but are reminded again that some are hopeless.

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with seasoned conversation on a summer night
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Putin on the Fritz

Putin on the Fritz

Putin granted Snowden asylum
so Obama's canceling his Russia trip.
The Cold War's over, but the Big Chill is on.

Russia's fierce & frightening anti-gay laws
spark global outcry against the Olympics.
Instead of "From Russia With Love,"
the world's feeling "From Russia, No Love."

In the face of growing democracy movements,
Putin's been jailing dissident political rivals.
One of them is now running for Moscow Mayor.

Sochi 2014's supposed to be Putin on the Ritz.
His Presidency's intended as Putin on the Blitz.
Yet facing protest at home & backlash abroad,
it's looking more like Putin on the Fritz.

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and if you have a pint glass, we'll beer it
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A Quick, Liberal Survey

Of Mice and Manning

As we learn that the NSA domestic surveillance
is far more widespread and invasive than we knew,
the Senate talks tough but flees from action,
timidly agreeing to sacrifice our privacy.

The NSA is culling all domestic phone records,
and can access internet activity worldwide,
but we're scared of our own intelligence industry,
so focus one whistleblower stranded in Russia.

And Congress votes down an amendment
to put an end to the NSA's radical operations,
with those who get defense contractor money
voting to keep the programs alive.

Meanwhile, we're assured that the US is safer
now that a 25-year-old soldier is behind bars.

Whatever you think of Bradley Manning,
Edward Snowden, leaks and whistleblowers,
they aren't the problem we should be focused on.

The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry.
In this case, the NSA's plans have gone too far,
Manning and others like him have manned up,
but our political leaders are proving skittish as mice.

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England's Royal Baby, America's Royal Mess

We rejected a King 237 years ago,
yet now accept the government's authority
to spy on, detain & even assassinate Americans.

We replaced our royals with a revolution,
but now our country's economic reality
sees the greatest wealth disparity in ages
& the least opportunity for upward mobility.

We pioneered the democratic experiment,
yet now are too familiar with stories
of elected officials enriching themselves
while ignoring the needs of the public.

Meanwhile our old royals have mellowed out,
give the tabloids something to talk about,
have no impact on English government
and just got everyone excited about a baby.

If we're going to have aspects of our old monarchy,
we might as well get some of the benefits too.
They have a royal baby; we have a royal mess.

Although their baby George makes the world cheer.
If the Bushes produce another George,
it won't quite be as thrilling...

The Revolution began in bars
and we're still gathering at happy hours
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