Monday, August 8, 2011

The Rise Of The Tea Party

They used to tell me I was building a dream, and so I followed the mob,
When there was earth to plow, or guns to bear, I was always there right on the job.
They used to tell me I was building a dream, with peace and glory ahead,
Why should I be standing in line, just waiting for bread?
Once I built a railroad, I made it run, made it race against time.
Once I built a railroad; now it's done. Brother, can you spare a dime?
Once I built a tower, up to the sun, brick, and rivet, and lime;
Once I built a tower, now it's done. Brother, can you spare a dime?
(“Brother, Can You Spare a Dime," lyrics by Yip Harburg, music by Jay Gorney- 1931)

The so-called tea party
Claims to hate taxes
The so-called tea party
Claims to hate
The US government
And the so-called
Tea party
Just plain all out hates
President Obama because
Obama thinks he is so
Damn smart and
Besides he is not
An American citizen
And he is a closet
Communist and
And he is also a
Closet muslim
Not to mention
That he is also
African American
Meaning he is a
Black man
Who is now the
President of the United States
A black man who gets to live
In the white house
Rent free

The so-called tea party
Hopes that Obama
Will fail and
Their number one goal
Is to make sure
That Obama
Is a one term president
Their ultimate goal
Is the repeal of all
Entitlement programs
Social Security
Unemployment Insurance
And of course
They want to repeal
Obamacare at all costs

The so-called tea party
Has no plan or program
Other than to defeat
President Obama
By any means necessary
Even if their efforts
Result in the financial ruin
Of America’s middle class
And the reduction of the USA
To the status of a third world country

Because of the so-called
Tea party’s reckless policies
And because of their
Refusal to raise the
Nation’s debt ceiling
(something that has never happened
under any other previous
The USA almost
Had to default
On its ability to pay its debts
And was otherwise
Unable to pay its
Placing the full faith
And credit
Of the USA
At risk

As a result of
All of the above
the nation’s credit
Rating was lowered
To double A plus
Down from triple A
The Dow Jones stock market
Plunged and had its
Worst day since the crash of
And the other nations
Of the world
Soon followed suit

As President Obama said
On the occasion of his
Fiftieth birthday
This was a crisis
That was entirely
In Wash. DC
He said that
This was a crisis
That need not have
Happened at all
But for the unwillingness
Of the so-called
Tea party to
So much for the
Tea party’s
Birthday gift for
President Obama
And for the entire

According to CNN
And just about every other
Major media outlet
What we have here
(As the red neck sheriff
in Cool Hand Luke
Once said)
Is a failure to

Or as Woody Guthrie
Might well have said
I reckon so

Philadelphia, Pa. 2011

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