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"This is not who we are" -- Or is it?

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"This ain't who we are" is what I keep hearing,

Regarding that crowd carousing and jeering,

That with aforethought malice stormed our Bastille,

And the Speaker's cool podium picked up to steal.

Don Junior and Prez Joe proclaim this ain't us,

Like kids caught smoking at the back of the bus.


If not us then who? is what I'd like to ask,

Are Cubans the ones to be taken to task?

The riot crowd looked like the guys at the bar,

Caps and chin-grass, unwashed jackets ajar,

Philosphers who'll bet you two shots of rye

That Trump gets rated with Abe Lincoln as high.


They're guys who've grown up with Clint E. as Harry,

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