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WAKE UP AMERICA POEM: Citizens United vs. the FEC

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After life-long allegiance to the Republican Party, my almost 89-year-old father has finally had enough. Although it took sending several links to him with petitions to amend the Constitution in light of the recent disastrous SCOTUS decision, I think he has finally seen the light. He can't believe that five judges could come up with a ruling which gives any corporation, even one run by the wealthy elite from other countries, the right to influence our elections and, ultimately, our laws through unlimited donations. He characterized the ruling as treason, and I hardily agree. To celebrate his new-found activism he wrote the following poem. Ever a fan of the limericks of Ogden Nash, my father expresses the shock that most of us felt when five activist judges decided to destroy what is left of the American democracy. Please forgive the capital letters. They are easier for him to see.

CITIZENS UNITED VS. THE FEC

OUR DEAR OLD U.S. COURT SUPREME

HAS REALLY SLIPPED A COG.

IT HAS MADE ARRANGEMENTS TO THE LAW,

THAT HAVE US ALL AGOG.

IT SAYS THAT CORPORATIONS NOW

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CAN BE THE SAME AS US,

AND MAKE DONATIONS TO THE POLS,

REAL BIG, WITHOUT A FUSS.

THE LOBBYISTS CAN NOW GO OUT

AND DONATE MORE THAN EVER

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TO DEMOCRATS, REPUBLICANS,

SO THEY MIGHT PULL THE LEVER,

TO PASS THE LAWS THAT HELP THEM OUT,

JOHN PUBLICTO IGNORE,

AND LET CORPORATIONS BE ORDAINED

TO LEAD US EVER MORE.

THAT'S NOT THE WAY, I DO BELIEVE,

THE FOUNDING FATHER'S MEANT IT,

THE PEOPLE WERE TO RUN THE LAND

AND THEY WROTE THAT, AND SENT IT.

SO LET'S CUT THE CAMPAIGN FAL-DE-ROL,

THE MONEY THAT IS SENT,

AND PUT A LIMIT ON THE DOUGH

THAT FOR A VOTE IS SPENT.

AND GIVE THE "RUNNERS" HALF A YEAR

TO SHOW WHAT THEY COULD DO

IF THEY WOULD BE ELECTED

AS TRUE SERVANTS, THROUGH AND THROUGH.

FRANK WRIGHT

JANUARY 25, 2010

 

Writer; editor; teacher; author of critically reviewed children's book, "Saving Daddy"; dowser who does energy clearing and energy field readings; life-long progressive/liberal activist.

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