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The Case of the Curious Caucus

How wild will right-wing voters run,
will Trump triumph or be lumped,
will Cruz cruise or will he lose,
and how many of the GOP menagerie
won't make it past Monday's caucus?

Will Hillary prevail and Bernie fail,
or will Bernie sail and Hill flail,
and can Martin go any more stale,
and how will the media spin the tale?

Will revolutionary energy rise
or party bosses push back?
And will a handful of folks in Iowa
on a cold night in February
really help decide the next president?

And when the Iowa Caucuses are over
will Santorum, Huckabee and Carson vanish?
Or, no longer trapped in Iowa, does it mean
we'll suddenly see them everywhere?!

It's a confounding, convoluted,
cacophonous, crazy, kooky,
confusing case of a most curious caucus.

And Michael Bloomberg's loving every moment of it.

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Politicians Poison Their Wells — and Ours

Politicians Poison Their Wells — and Ours

Goldman Sachs, guns, Obamacare, the “establishment,”
heat up the race between Clinton and Sanders.
But how hot can the rhetoric get before it bubbles over
and poisons the well for the eventual nominee?

As Cruz accuses Trump of “New York values,”
Trump levels birtherism against Ted Cruz,
and Sarah Palin, and family, make news,
the GOP is swimming in a toxic primary pool.

And as we learn the people of Flint
have been drinking lead in their water,
we remember government is more than rhetoric,
that these debates are more than entertainment,
and that elections have real consequences.

It’s one thing for politicians to poison their own wells,
it’s quite another when they poison ours —
and, unfortunately, the two are connected.

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State of the Union vs. State of Confusion

The president delivers a final State of the Union
declaring the economy strong and America secure.
But if you listen to presidential candidates of both parties,
they are campaigning on exactly the opposite.

The GOP is confounded by Trump's staying power
and flummoxed that the only rival, Ted Cruz,
is just as unlikable and absurd,
while a dozen others keep trying to be heard.

The Democratic race is in upheaval
as Hillary feels burned by the Bern
and Sanders does what few expected,
including possibly him: becomes a frontrunner.

While Obama described the State of the Union,
in politics, it's the State of Confusion.

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Disarming and Alarming

The Prez takes small, but real, action on firearms,
so the NRA sounds its alarm bells,
and GOP candidates promise to undo it —
in spite of most Americans supporting the measure.

When an armed crew takes over a wildlife refuge,
they’re met with polite distance by law enforcement,
in contrast to how on a regular basis police confront
unarmed Black protesters, citizens and bystanders.

North Korea claims it tested a hydrogen bomb.
Saudis try to heat up their cold war with Iran.
And every sane Republican wonders
how on Earth to detonate the Trump campaign.

As nations and the right-wing arm themselves,
and candidates seek to charm all of us,
new year’s news has ranged from disarming to alarming
—let’s just hope it’s all a little less harming.

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Pieces of Earth, Goodwill to Some?

The world is about to celebrate a holiday
based on the refugee child of an unwed mother,
while the the right wing spends its time
demonizing refugees and single moms.

The world is cheering for the new Star Wars,
and boojng a militaristic force that targets civilians.
The GOP debate sounds more like "Start Wars"
as candidates boast of what civilians they'd attack.

And in this season of goodwill to all,
Republican frontrunners make clear
that "all" doesn't apply to Muslims.

Let's hope for peace on Earth and goodwill to all.
Not a politics of war, fear, and division
that would leave pieces of Earth and goodwill to some.

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Haters, Baiters and Debaters

The world cheers a historic climate change accord,
then Republicans immediately pile hate on the deal,
the GOP candidates debate if climate science is real,
and Congress pushes to lift an oil export ban.

As violence surges against Muslims across the US,
Trump, Cruz and others fan the rising hate,
yet thankfully Democrats resist taking the bait,
beating attacks on the Syrian refugee program for now.

We mark the 3rd anniversary of the Sandy Hook shooting
with the president poised for small steps to curb gun violence,
an idea met with vitriol from the right wing,
and fearmongering from the NRA and gun manufacturers.

And while the GOP put on a debate full of hate,
with Trump baiting Bush, Bush bashing back,
Rubio ripping Cruz, Cruz clawing Rubio,
it seemed that for all the targets of GOP hate,
maybe they hate each other most of all.

Meanwhile, Bernie Sanders reached
his 2 millionth donor to his campaign --
and gets nearly no airtime.

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One America or Un-America?

The leading Republican presidential candidate
proposes barring all Muslims from America,
and while leaders of both parties criticize him,
few Republicans disavow Trump's campaign
as his poll numbers continue to rise.

In America, the debate is whether to shut out
all Syrian families seeking to escape violence.
In Canada, they welcome the first plane
full of refugees finding a new home.

The President addresses the nation
on terror threats and gun violence.
Meanwhile, the right wing
fearmongers and calls for more guns.

In the face of real acts of violence,
genuine fear, and even "terror,"
we have to decide how to respond:
as One America or as Un-America?

For the soul of our nation,
let's hope that the Statue of Liberty
still trumps fear and bigotry.

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A Shot in the Dark

A mass shooting in San Bernadino
is horrific, fatal, and shocking --
yet with over 300 mass shootings this year,
it's horrifically and fatally not shocking at all.

Just days before, a gunman in Colorado
killed three in an assault at Planned Parenthood.
And the right-wing responds with solutions
of more guns and fewer reproductive rights.

All of this in the shadow of Paris and Beirut,
terrible events that have somehow led
to blaming refugee families fleeing violence
and to a knee-jerk embrace of more military action
which promises more violence, but what impact?

And along the way, Republicans make sure
to never admit we have a gun problem in the U.S.

In guessing at motives, grasping at responses,
most lawmakers are taking a shot in the dark.
But maybe one step would be to take on guns
if we want to curb so many shots in the light.

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