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Makes You Want to Swear!

Trump & the GOP feel no desire
to open the gov & get workers paid
as they insist on a racist, wasteful wall.
But a new House will arrive today
ready for a clean vote to end the shutdown.

Lobbyists & cronies take over the cabinet,
a Boeing exec at DOD, oil lobbyist at Interior,
coal lobbyist at EPA, Big Pharma at Health.
The incoming House Democrats first bill
will tackle corruption & strengthen democracy

Trump denies the record on Russian meddling,
denies intel on Khashoggi murder,
denies the science on our climate crisis.
The new House is getting ready to investigate,
Trump's entire criminal operations
& to fight for ideas like a Green New Deal.

Witnessing the Trump GOP mayhem
is enough to make you want to swear!
Even better, it makes you want to swear in
the most diverse, female & progressive
House Democratic majority in history.

Toast a new House, roast the old right wing
& I swear you'll have good company
at your local progressive social club.

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What a Total Shut-Head

Trump shut down the government
with a temper tantrum over a wall
that nobody wants and won't work.

He fires his Defense Secretary,
who had quit in a sharp rebuke,
loses the head of anti-ISIS coalition
& his Chief of Staff is about to walk out.

His Christmas message was as partisan
as his message to the troops,
who he lied to, compromised the location of,
and stumped for 2020 in front on

He threatens to fire the head of the Fed,
his Treasury Secretary nearly starts a panic
& insults a 7-year-old for believing in Santa.

All along, the shutdown continues
with hundreds of thousands of workers
not knowing if they'll get their paychecks.

He's full of shut, running a shut-show
& without doubt is a total shut-head.

if only he'd shut his mouth & tweets,
that's one shutdown we'd support.

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Foundation Crumbling, Wall Tumbling, GOP Fumbling

The Republicans treat governing like a game,
pushing us within hours of a shutdown,
fighting over Trump's racist, wasteful wall,
and promising another showdown in 6 weeks.

Trump's rushing to aid the Russians,
lifting sanctions on Putin's oligarch pals,
and still standing solid with the Saudis
against his own intelligence agencies.

His foundation follows his university,
combusting under criminal corruption,
as his campaign, administration, company
& inaugural committee all head the same way.

The foundation has crumbled,
the wall has tumbled, Trump has fumbled
& the Republicans have bumbled.

The House of Republicans has fallen,
but for Trump's House of Cards to crash
will require a Grand Old Party of Fools & Cronies
to finally turn on the madman in the White House.

If that happens, it'll be a Christmas miracle.
It may seem dark, but remember after the solstice,
we always resume a journey to the light.
Until then, let's keep seeing what gifts
Mueller and voters leave under the tree.

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Pretty Pleas?

Trump's personal fixer Michael Cohen
is going to prison after pleading guilty,
while Paul Manafort and Michael Flynn's
sentences are coming next.

Federal prosecutors say Trump
directed Cohen to commit felonies,
& even the National Enquirer
is admitting it paid hush money
to try to impact the election.

And Trump's losing his mind & his temper
throwing a tantrum over his border wall,
like a man-baby acting out on live TV,
leading to a new word: the TanTrump.

Maybe Trump should learn to say please.
Or maybe, given all his legal trouble,
he should learn to say "pretty pleas."

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At Least He's No Trump. (Or Was He?)

He accelerated the climate crisis
by ignoring scientific consensus
and mocking environmentalists.

He ushered in a cadre of cronies
-- kleptocrats serving big business,
power-mad menaces with global designs
& a laughable culture warrior as VP.

All the while, building a family brand
off the wealth & position he was born into,
where his children amassed power,
wealth, prestige -- all unearned.

But at least George H.W. Bush
wasn't Donald Trump?

Many pundits mourn Bush's passing
recalling service, civility & global diplomacy,
but Big Money, Big Oil, Big Military all know
their Bush-era agenda is alive and well.

Maybe the Bushes have more in common
with the current administration
than they & their mourners want to admit.
How's that for a legacy ...

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or contending with a current White House occupant,
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Amidst Tears & Fears, Searching for Cheers

While Trump stands by the Saudi regime,
the Senate takes a bipartisan vote
rebuking Trump & forwarding debate
to end the US role in the Yemen crisis.

Families fleeing violence
find themselves fleeing again
as they're met with tear gas
rather than compassion at the border.

Manafort lied to investigators,
possibly fishing for a pardon,
while Cohen pleads guilty,
digging for a lighter sentence
& digging a hole for the whole Trump team.

Trump may attack immigrants & Mueller
while defending murderous regimes—
but bipartisan votes rebuke him,
investigators are closing in on him
& voters are sending a new House
—a 40 seat flip!—to check him.

Even amidst the tears, fears & jeers,
there are hopeful glimmers that give cheer
& together we'll show compassion he lacks
as we enter into the holiday season.

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A Turkey in Every Despot

Trump defends the Saudi regime,
dismissive of their complicity in murder,
making the White House into a mouthpiece
for the house of Saud.

He appoints a loyalist to the DOJ
to undermine Mueller's investigation,
as news breaks he sought to "order"
probes of his political critics & enemies.

As families gather for Thanksgiving,
he separates troops from their families,
through his stunt of militarizing the border
& seeks to tear immigrant families apart.

He claims voter fraud where there's none,
attacks the press as "enemies of the people,"
his administration points fingers
& fiddles while California burns.

There was a time when politicians
ran on a better life for regular folks,
promising "a turkey in every pot."

Now we have a fool who admires,
praises and seeks to mimic
every strongman and dictator he sees,
making himself into a fawning fool --
the turkey in every despot.

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Drip ... Drip ... Drip ...

As votes trickle in across the country
so do more Democratic victories
for Senate, House, state & local
making recounts even tighter.

Opposition to Whitaker rises,
some GOP senators talk tough,
House Dems get ready to subpoena,
rumors of indictments circulate
as the Mueller probe closes in.

Facebook's facade is fracturing,
the Saudi cover-up cracking,
and rumors are flying
of Cabinet members fleeing.

Sometimes the news comes in a rush.
Sometimes it's just a steady drip
that topples barriers, tumbles corporate power
or even takes down regimes.

And right now, we're hearing:
"Drip ... drip ... drip."

The Blue Wave took the House
& Mueller is taking names --
but we also all must take a moment
to send love & relief to California
& take action against climate change
and to support all our communities.

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