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A New Plan for Trumpistan

Trump delivers a major speech,
his new plan to change course in Afghanistan
only it's not new, there's no plan
and we're not really changing anything

He threatens immigrants in Arizona,
the press at campaign rallies,
Republicans over angry tweets
and threatens a shutdown over his Wall.

A white supremacist leaves the White House
but Trump out-Bannons Bannon
on his Charlottesville response
and praise for Joe Arpaio.

A reckless temperamental leader,
speeches reversed a day later,
policy by tweet, demagoguery at rallies,
threats against checks and balances,
scapegoating vulnerable communities
all sound like the rambling rantings
of a would-be petty dictator.

Instead of a new plan for Afghanistan,
how about a new plan for Trumpistan?
Because this plan ain't working.

But that eclipse was cool and proved
Americans can unite, science is real
and the natural universe is incredible.

Hot rhetoric and hot nights
deserves chill company and cold beers
at your local progressive social club.

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CharlottesVillians

The Charlottesville tragedy was an alarm
about the danger of white supremacy,
yet Trump downplays the bigoted terror
and apologizes for the hateful violence.

Trump stands by toxic advisers
and Republicans stand by Trump,
offering words, but no action, no censure
and no reforms to challenge the hate.

Only a few hundred in the streets,
but it followed a year of campaign rallies,
years of venom spewed on radio and TV,
decades of dog whistle politics
and conservatives making deals with the devil,
and centuries of structural white supremacy.

Many villains in the Charlottesville story
but heroes too, from those who protested,
rallied in solidarity, took down monuments,
and Heather Heyer who gave her life.

We stand with Charlottesvillians
against the CharlottesVillians,
in the ongoing fight for the future of America.

What a week. You need a drink
and to revive your spirits in solidarity
at your local progressive social club.

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Scarier Than One Mad Man With A Nuke

Trump improvisationally threatens “fire and fury,”
Kim Jong Un’s team targets Guam,
as two mad men compete to be the Maddest Hatter.

Trump is mad at McConnell that health care failed,
McConnell is mad that that he’s dealing with Trump,
and 200 days in, Republicans are mad
that their Congress hasn’t achieved anything.

Manafort’s mad the FBI raided his home,
Kelly must be mad at the White House in disarray,
Tilerson’s mad that he’s constantly one tweet behind
and Trump’s mad at Sessions, Rosenstein & Mueller
and fuming mad he hasn’t fired them yet.

August recess is proving no vacation
as the madness of D.C. infects the nation
centered on the Mad Man at the NJ golf course.

But Trump’s North Korea insanity proves one thing.
There is something scarier than a mad man with a nuke
… and that’s two Mad Men with nukes.

Stop the madness.
Can’t you all find another recess game to play?

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An Administration of Mooches

Sure, "Mooch" has come and gone
but the administration is still overrun
with Wall Street 1%-ers, foul-mouthed goons,
and relentless aggression toward journalists.

Maybe Kelly got Scaramucci removed,
but white nationalist Steve Bannon,
perjurer Jeff Sessions, liar Jared Kushner,
and hateful Stephen Miller haven't budged.

Meanwhile, the Congressional GOP
was stymied from taking healthcare from millions
but wants to let the superrich and corporations
mooch off of more tax breaks and giveaways.

Scaramucci wasn't the only "Mooch"—
the administration is filled with more like him
and moochers at every turn.

Toast the victory against Trumpcare,
as we vent over the fact that Trump doesn't care
and share a night with like-minded liberals
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Do Or Die

The Senate GOP works feverishly
to pass a dangerous and deadly repeal
as McConnell and Trump use every tool
to threaten, bully, bribe, and deceive.

The headlines keep changing
as fast as the deadlines keep moving,
and Americans’ lifelines are threatened
as the GOP beelines toward a vote.

Dems deflected, denied, delayed,
but in the end if Trumpcare’s defeated
it’ll be because popular opposition
dug in, drove outrage and did all it could
to deal with these dastardly deal-makers.

Republicans are at a “do or die” moment
but if they “do” then many others will die.
So this is “do or die” for all of us.

And then we can get back to
Trump’s impeachable behavior
or maybe tackling big problems
like climate change, refugee crises,
wage stagnation, and crumbling schools.

You deserve a drink! And some democracy!
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The Bill That Just Won't Die

Trumpcare is so bad they delayed a vote,
then they changed the bill, tried to rush the bill,
then they pulled the bill to try repeal
and that was immediately nixed.

The bill has 12% approval,
would take coverage from tens of millions,
and can’t get support of 50 Republicans,
yet McConnell tries to make the numbers work.

Now, they hustle for another new version,
still threaten to vote on a straight repeal,
and if they fail would even vote AGAIN
when McCain returns to work in the Senate.

How do you stop a zombie like Trumpcare?
We need to pull the plug on this bill,
because it just keeps coming back,
trying pull the plug on the rest of us.

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The Apple Doesn’t Fall Far From The Tree

Donald has proven arrogant, reckless,
concerned with power above all,
and to believe he’s above the law.
Senior? Junior? Your call.

A “new” Senate health bill
will take health care from millions
and deeply slash Medicaid.
Wait, isn’t that the old Senate bill too?

America’s most notable role at the G20?
The isolated voice on climate change,
a too-cozy meeting with Putin
and stirring outrage and discomfort by sending
Trump’s daughter as part of the delegation.

When a tree is rotten to the core,
better look closely at all the fruit it bears,
and with both Trump and GOP policy,
the apples don’t fall far from the tree.

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Not Quite What Jefferson Imagined ...

We need restraint and commonsense
to deal with North Korea tensions.
Instead we get tweeted taunts
and threats to go it alone.

Thoughtful expertise and compassion
could help strengthen healthcare.
Instead we get a plan so unpopular
Republicans hide from 4th of July parades
so they don’t have to defend Trumpcare.

And as we mark Independence Day
inclusive leadership could boost democracy.
But we get fraudulent voter suppression claims
and videos of wrestling the news media.

241 years ago, Thomas Jefferson wrote about
“Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.”
Somehow today’s politics
doesn’t seem quite like what he envisioned.

Raise a glass to progressive possibilities
as we push forward and share a pint
at your local progressive social club.

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