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This is my first time posting on here so be gentle :) I have been so frustrated by all the issues we've had to deal with due to the Tea Party and those on the Right. I found that for me, the best way to express (with stress) how I felt, was to put it in poetic form. Per WP's rules, I didn't submit it to anyone else, I kept it within the limits of characters, and I gave my real name (they won't allow any anonymous submissions). Given all that, they sent it back stating "your piece is poetry and the Post generally doesn't publish poetry on the op-ed page". So what do I do now? I really want those who are so desperately trapped in the bubble, to see what I had written. If you have any ideas how I can get it out to the main stream so even the bubble people can benefit from the knowledge, I would be very grateful.
I hope you enjoy my poem as much I enjoyed writing it...
Taking Back the Country?
I hear the “Beck” and calls of Rush and Palin,
The Tea Party and those on the Right;
They say we’re losing our freedoms and our Country
And it’s happening before our very sight.
They say that Patriots and Christians
Must stand and fight and take our Country back;
The problem with their way of thinking
Is all seemed fine until our President was black?
But where’s the acknowledgement of the Congress Right
That brought our Country to a halt;
Or the fact that their “SAY-NO” agenda
Contributed greatly to the economic default.
No “Jobs Bill”, no “Farm Bill”
Hell…feel free to beat your wife;
No infrastructure or immigration legislation
But I’d guarantee all yes’s on a bill for pro-life.
Less food stamps for hungry children
And don’t forget the elderly or our Vets;
If they could eliminate the program completely
The Right would do it – No Regrets.
And God forbid we work on healthcare
Because to care for all would be a crime;
Instead of putting the American people first
They’ll just try to repeal it for the 47th time.
Who cares if more time’s wasted
On a bill they know won’t pass;
Well, I guess they have to vote on something
So the Speaker won’t continue to look like an ass.
I’m tired that the Congress Right
Protects the wealthy in budget deals;
While cutting funding to help the rest
On jobs and healthcare and meals.
I’m tired of hearing Mr. Boehner say
“We’re acting on the people’s will”;
Yet most of the time the polls reflect different
So, true action they’ll never fulfill.
I’m tired of hearing the far Right misinformed
That the President’s stripping our 2nd Amendment Rights;
Then ideological radio and TV hacks
Spin that stuff for the hatred it incites.
I’m tired of our children being shot to death
By a crazy gunman at any school he selects;
When 80% of the American people out there
Agree with me for, at least, stronger background checks.
I’m tired of your proselytization, regulation
And righteous indignation;
Concerning all matters within “MY BODY”
PRE and POST OVULATION.
I’m tired of the shrinking hours and places
Where minorities vote in red states;
Take note all you Governors that are letting this happen
Those long lines may just soon seal your fates.
I’m tired of hearing “we’re all created equal”
According to the Constitution, you see;
Because, if that were true my dear “Patriots”
That would include all the LGBT.
And I’m tired of hearing that “you are Patriots”
And how you defend the Constitution;
But is it very “Patriotic” to put down OUR President
And claim the better world leader is Putin?
Although I am tired, it is you who must waken
And see that world has grown;
To a world of inclusion, acceptance and caring
And by God we take care of our own.
So as hard up to this point that you have tried
And as much as you have persisted;
The Country that you want so badly to take back
For decades has not existed.
~ LD Gentry ~