had it up to *here* haikus

Progress in Congress?
Endless regress to nonsense.
Tax cut transgression.


White-collar version
Of looting and coercion–
Congressional bill


Congressmen make laws
For those who can foot the bill
With boots on our necks


Middle class kidnapped
Held ransom by Congress thugs
Don’t be/get taken

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Drain the Swamp

An alligator
Might promise to drain the swamp.
But it’s all a croc.


Asking a gator
To drain the swamp is asking
Wolf for directions.

Enough!

I wish the MEDIA would stop saying things like “Trump just ruined another Obama legacy.”

NO! He didn’t. He’s ruining our legacy! The American people’s legacy! If he’s ruining anything, it is our collective history, achievement and future. If Obama did anything, he did it for the American people.

It’s not a matter of politics, partisanship or petty presidential problems. This is OUR country. And we are the only ones to save it.

Thank you, Obama, for whatever you did. For protecting things that needed protecting. But it is up to us, our House, our Senate, our nation to do the things we need to do to make the planet a better place. Climate, energy, conservation, kindness, patience, reason, rationale. And that’s not happening.

I believe the Senate will slowly be replaced with Democrats over the next 4-year period because of the damage Trump is doing to the Republican party. But it won’t be soon enough to stop these insane rollbacks, setbacks and f-ups.

This isn’t a Trump/Obama thing. This is a real people in the USA thing. Anything that’s happening is our collective responsibility.

We still hold the German people of the 1940s somewhat responsible for what happened in their country because, “What did they do to stop it?”

What have we done to stop this guy??

We are distracted by the cock while the fox is in the hen house!

The media IMO, overall, is doing a poor job at reporting the facts on both sides. Less opinion, please. It doesn’t help.

Troublesome

Cities on fire,
Sliding into the sea.
Countries bleeding
From Killing spree.

Forests catch flame.
Humans to blame.
Cars take aim.
Hate makes claim.

To every place your attention settles,
The world will so finely, kindly remind–
No matter where you travel,
Your searching eyes will Chaos find.

Students shot.
Violence wrought.
Journalists caught.
Fraught, taut, distraught.

Children attacked.
Homes blown apart.
Families destroyed.
Bombed-out, cut-up heart.

Crumpled on the ground,
Freedom is downed.
Goodness unfound.
Wicked abound.

With absolute certainty,
One thing I know,
Resilience from tragedy
Is something you grow.

Plant your feet.
Shout from the street.
Pull down the sheet.
Bring love where hate and evil meet.

If your crops are burnt?
If your shores are black?
If your bodies are dying?
We can’t go back.

We can only move forward with knowledge and the rejection of evil. We can no longer passively ignore the bullies of the world. To stay silent is to participate.

Rage Against

Dylan wrote about the dying of the light.
Rage against fading sight.
Don’t gently go into the night.
Keep those fires burning bright.
Right to the end.

And I say rage again.

Rage again at hatred’s wave.
Rage again at a black man’s grave.
Rage again at racist rave.
Rage again at the killing of brave.
To-bloody-day.

It’s not too late to turn around.
Our love isn’t buried in the cold, hard ground.
As humans, as Americans, as Christians–we’re bound
To breathe back life to Liberty drowned.
Now.

No man has a right to steal.
Our freedom under heavy boot heel.
I’d rather die than ever kneel
To pay for a politician’s shady deal.
You’re dying for money.

No man has a right to kill.
And Washington isn’t going to foot the bill.
This is no longer an exercise or drill.
This is the sound of the People’s will.
No more!

Rage against this political machine.
To do nothing is supporting the obscene.
It’s time for us to intervene!
Remember the words from 1634 Racine,
Malone (The Untouchables) asks,
“What are you prepared to do?”

Trumpster Fire

Dissidents kicked by decadence.
Moral luxury: unapproved expense.

Consider history, their time is small.
Just a few years, they won’t BE at all.

Gandhi, Lennon, Jesus said,
“Love will win.” Even IF we’re dead.

Don’t worry. Don’t waste. Vengeance divine.
Karma of Kismet says, “This one’s mine.”

What Is It To Be a Woman?

Men will never know
The painful joy of giving birth.
Thank God for that providence
Or we would have an empty Earth!

Men will always know
The advantage of being male.
They can’t understand
The privilege of that tale.

Men will never know
What it’s like to be preyed.
Simply take my “No.”
We live constantly afraid.

Men will never know
What it’s like to FEEL free.
I feel sorry for them.
They can’t be a woman like me.

Day Without a Woman

A day without a woman
Is a lifetime without:
Soft edges
Warm smiles
Tender kisses
Multi-tasking
Reason married to wit.

A day without women
Is a world without:
2nd income
Only income
Only parent
Teachers
Nurses
Presidents
Pastors
Mothers
Wives
Daughters
Family
Students
Leaders
Care
Lawful, peaceful resistance and protest.

We gather to make a difference.
We don’t loot. Or grab. Or lie.
Like Elizabeth and Maya,
We persist and rise!

#neverthelessshepersisted

#daywithoutawoman

#daywithoutwomen

Lies, Criminality, and Foreign Interests

Or, the opposite. Honesty, Fairness, and the American Ideal-sound familiar?

How about-truth, justice, and the American way?

So cliche, right? But it’s not just a catchy phrase. Who said it first? Super-friggin’-man. That’s right. SUPERMAN. He was fighting for it. But he never got it. Except for a short, gleaming moment at (maybe) the beginning and definitely by the end of every episode or comic book. But an oh-so brief respite in the ever-undulating pit of human depravity we call Earth. I’m surprised Superman didn’t just give up and head to outerspace for a less needy planet. But he had pity on us. Like a regular Jesus Christ.

Have you ever noticed the parallels between Superman and Jesus? The only son of a God-like being, who sacrificed himself for all of humanity to save the weak and powerless? I’m pretty sure that’s why Godspell Jesus (Victor Garber) wore a Superman t-shirt. Right? I’m sure someone has already penetrated the deep meaning of the Superman-Jesus connection. Anyway, I’m a Christian, but that’s not what this post is about.

It’s the ideal, Christian or not, that America is a place for honesty, fairness and freedom (American way). That’s what it means to me anyway. An ideal of modern human existence. Where anyone can be anything that they want to be. Reach for the stars! Be anything they were born to be. A right to fulfill their personal destiny and choice. Let’s face it, even God gave us choice. God-given right to choose.

But what I see, more and more, is the refusal to see or acknowledge another’s choice. Or right. Misguided as it may be. On both sides! So what if you don’t agree? You don’t have to live that choice. Right? What does it hurt you to love someone where they are? So much hatred and anger on both sides. Toward each other. You should be upset with those in office. Not your fellow citizen.

Trump said he would drain the swamp. When? Waiting. Appointing a billionaire (Amway) to Secretary of Education is not a great start. Did you know her father-in-law was the co-founder of Amway?? USA’s education system is now a pyramid scheme: co-founders Trump and DeVos. IMO! And why can’t we investigate his ties to Russia? They wanted to fry Hillary Clinton for emails, something they are guilty of themselves. Ahem, Pence. So why the unending hypocrisy??

I listened to Trumpy’s speech last night. Reasonable. I agree, he finally did not sound stupid. But I remember G.W. Bush’s state-of-the-union in which he addressed pursuing renewable energy. Way back in the 2000s. We didn’t see that, did we? He talked about fuel cell technology and running after it. When the Republicans take office, it seems we see decades-long obstruction to forward progress with renewable energy, conservation and planet protection. They talk a good game, but it’s just that, a game. Even if you don’t believe in climate change, why wouldn’t you move toward planet-friendly energy that’s cheaper and cleaner? We are seeing a move toward this, but it’s taken 16 years? And not through Bush, not through Trump, but through Obama and Earth-friendly legislation. Taxes and laws that promote industry to accept the challenge of treating our world with care and thought. REGULATION!

Fuel with only a by-product of pure water? Which would you rather drink? Water or used oil? Which would you rather breathe? Air or carbon dioxide? I think it’s a simple decision.

After Trump’s speech, I can only conclude one thing. He’s accepted the game and is playing like a pro. Except, the game is rigged and we all lose. He’s going to fumble this ball and then Congress will cry foul. The two teams playing in DC are the Donkeys and Elephants. They are trying to kill each other out there. But we don’t have to. Let’s stop playing this game. They work for us. They have us distracted with partisan policy. The Democrats are no better on many issues. Let’s demand more from our public servants.

I’m tired of having a wait-and-see attitude. It doesn’t get better. We have to do something. And if you are tired of seeing my political posts (Facebook), I’m sorry that it makes you uncomfortable. But, we don’t change until we are uncomfortable. People will die without medical care. We have to have more than access to care, we need a way to pay for it. I hope that Trump means even half of what he said last night, but I fear it’s all smoke on which we will choke.

No Superman is coming to save the day. We have to save ourselves and our way of life.

FYI-if the muscular man waving a flag in a skintight outfit (above) doesn’t disturb you because it’s Superman and the American flag, but a gay man waving a rainbow flag in the same skintight outfit does? You might be a bigot, homophobe or downright un-American. Get it, Superman!