On Tuesday evenings the Warren Tribune’s staff has been visiting area communities for feedback. Which brings me to my nomination for the buffoon of the week. That would be a man at one of these community gatherings that asked Editor Robinson if the “Trib” would be considered a politically middle of the road newspaper. I won’t say what community this was as I don’t want the guy’s fellow citizens to track this buffoon down and embarrass his family by making him the village idiot.
I have posted the following poem before. It is a poem I wrote a few years ago and is an open-ended poem. I add more to the poem from time to time when I see more problems in our country that need included.
Old McDonald’s Farm 21st Century Style
McDonald’s is a burger chain,
And at this burger chain, they’ve sold
over 250 billion cardboard burgers here
with minimum wage workers there
and Styrofoam containers polluting everywhere.
Small farmers were replaced with corporate farms
and on these corporate farms they have
genetically altered seeds here
and steroid injected cows there
and pesticides everywhere.
Wal-Mart is your one stop super store.
and at this super store they have
low paid red vested associates here
with aisles of sweatshop products there
putting mom & pop stores out of business everywhere.
Now it’s Amazon.com, Starbucks, and Home Depot.
No more independent bookstores here
or corner coffee shops there.
Gone are neighborhood hardware stores everywhere.
Energy Companies spent $20 million buying politicians.
who will shout out,“Drill Baby Drill” here
and Youngstown has a dozen earthquakes there
while our air is polluted, water is poisoned everywhere.
Seven million gallons of water
are used to frack a single well here
Drinking water is more important than fracking water there
but the public’s thirst is overshadowed
by the oil & gas companies thirst for profits everywhere.
The GOP has declared war on our fundamental right to vote.
They win more elections when fewer people vote
so they have passed voter suppression bills,
purged voter rolls, demanded photo ID’s,
and shortened early voting time frames here.
The GOP’s bought and paid for 5-4 Supreme Court
selected the president in 2000 there.
Now the 5-4 court passed Citizens United
giving corporations the power to buy elections everywhere.
Republican governors around the country are attacking public sector unions.
They are pushing bills designed to reduce or eliminate
their state’s public employee’s rights and benefits here.
It’s the GOP’s way of assaulting the union’s money
to weaken the union’s political influence there.
If the GOP’s job hatchet man Mitt Romney is elected
the private sector jobs not yet farmed out
will be sent to Third World sweatshops everywhere.
All went according to corporate plans.
workers were brutalized and downsized here
consumers were hypnotized and dogmatized there
and the public was carbonized and homogenized everywhere.
Now monopolies own the world
and we’re fucked fucked here
and fucked fucked there
and fucked fucked everywhere.
I love singer/songwriter Frank Turner! Check out a couple of his tunes:
Frank Turner: “Love Ire & Song”
“The master says it’s a glorious thing to die for the Faith and Dad says it’s a glorious thing to die for Ireland and I wonder if there’s anyone in the world who would like us to live.” ~ Frank McCourt, Angela’s Ashes