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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

The State of the Union Address

Here he was, revealed as a man of great compassion, filled with nothing but the deepest of concern for those whose lives have been overwhelmed with pain and despair. 

Recounting the tale of one who traveled great distances, at unfathomable peril, to escape the atrocities of his homeland  so he could breathe the air of freedom and enter a universe a endless possibilities.

And yet this depth of emotion from our leader did not extend to those who happened to have fled the wrong leaders from the wrong borders.

Addressing parents whose teenage children were taken from them with depraved indifference by people with ready access to guns and a cruelty that knew no bounds.

But this message was not intended for the parents of those slaughtered by gunmen whose background did not neatly fit into his narrative.

Yes, Mr. President, we heard you suggest that your heart is bursting with love for your fellow man, that you have no greater calling then to end suffering and strife.

But then we know this to be but facade, that the words you read came not from your head or your heart but from a teleprompter. That your actions yesterday and tomorrow belie the script you recited tonight. That yours is a world that rejects and repudiates, vilifies and castigates, demeans and denounces. That is soaked in cruelty and callousness.

Mr. President, we were not fooled.

4 comments:

harvey leeds said...

"Won't Get Fooled Again"

We'll be fighting in the streets
With our children at our feet
And the morals that they worship will be gone
And the men who spurred us on
Sit in judgement of all wrong
They decide and the shotgun sings the song

I'll tip my hat to the new constitution
Take a bow for the new revolution
Smile and grin at the change all around
Pick up my guitar and play
Just like yesterday
Then I'll get on my knees and pray
We don't get fooled again

The change, it had to come
We knew it all along
We were liberated from the fold, that's all
And the world looks just the same
And history ain't changed
'Cause the banners, they are flown in the last war

I'll tip my hat to the new constitution
Take a bow for the new revolution
Smile and grin at the change all around
Pick up my guitar and play
Just like yesterday
Then I'll get on my knees and pray
We don't get fooled again
No, no!

I'll move myself and my family aside
If we happen to be left half alive
I'll get all my papers and smile at the sky
Oh I know that the hypnotized never lie
Do ya?

There's nothing in the streets
Looks any different to me
And the slogans are replaced, by the bye
And a parting on the left
Is now a parting on the right
And the beards have all grown longer overnight

I'll tip my hat to the new constitution
Take a bow for the new revolution
Smile and grin at the change all around
Pick up my guitar and play
Just like yesterday
Then I'll get on my knees and pray
We don't get fooled again
Don't get fooled again
No, no!

Meet the new boss
Same as the old boss

Anonymous said...

Unless the Democrats are able to get the voting public to REALLY start caring, the human tragedy that Trump's policies create will continue. Young Joe Kennedy was trying to say that, but media commentary before and after Joe Kennedy's speech was abysmal. I wonder how many people clicked off their TV without realizing there would be a Democratic response. I fear that the public will get fooled again come the next election.--RE

Anonymous said...

You speak and write from your heart. Lois

Anonymous said...

The flattest piece of bs speech especially in contrast to the well spoken young Kennedy. Hope springs eternal....

KS