Editor’s note: Here’s something a little different for the blog, a limerick. Paul Fisk has prepared this post as a commentary on the state of politics in these United States today.
By Paul Fisk
Many things today make me mad
The same things can too make me sad
The sorry state of debate
Bodes not well for our fate
When facts are treated as bad.
In policy talks or just chatter
Negotiations now tend to shatter
In heated debate
Two sides can’t relate
When one side says facts do not matter.
Some things that cause me great pain
Are those who show science disdain
They advocate acts
With no care for facts
Some humans are a fact-resistant strain
The House formed by our constitution
Once a respected institution
Now has men who’ve been bought
Hawks who never have fought
And issues all lack resolution.
Some congressmen show their intent
By what they support and dissent
Forsake all reform
And like puppets perform
To serve just the top one percent.
Some members for big contributions
Protect coal and its tragic pollutions
Or say “burn and slash”
So the rich have more cash
Or shill for financial institutions.
Some deny that the temperature’s rising
Saying people should find it surprising
That they’re largely to blame
Putting fossils to flame
And the facts they’re intent on disguising.
Burning carbon until we all choke
And CO2 our world does cloak
Politicians we fought
Still stay firmly bought
For which we can thank brothers Koch.
Universal health care is too big a chore
They proclaim from the legislative floor
For less fortunate voices
They blame “poor life choices”
And would slam shut the medical door.
When we needed campaign cash reform
The Supremes created a storm
When proclaimed from their steeple
Corporations are people
Thus missing their chance to transform.
And the mainstream media too
No longer seeks what is true
Treating both fact and fiction
With equal conviction
And claiming that’s “balance” to you.
It’s really a way to save cost
As their share to cable’s been lost
One place they’ve been shorting
Old standards have sadly been tossed.
Many cable show hosts show their vanity
Or lace their tirades with profanity
Some seem to be proud
Of just being loud
Ranting their bloviatious inanity.
Rachel Maddow of MSNBC
Has earned an Oxford degree
Rhodes Scholar as well
And not to overdwell
She’s also a Ph.D.
But Hannity, Glenn Beck and Rush
Don’t let facts make them blush
Is it elitist copouts
To point out they’re all dropouts?
Spewing things that are clearly just mush.
The vitriol and verbal dump
In speeches made out on the stump
Push pure fear and hate
In lieu of debate
From demagogues like Cruz and Trump
Folks stay in their own small news bubble
With standards that are really double
As long as we’re split
The stalemate won’t quit
We’ll continue to all be in trouble.
The public is partly to blame
Tho they think that’s a claim to inflame
But they need to take note
That when they don’t vote
They really cannot complain.
The GOP says it’s misquoting
To claim that their efforts devoting
To election law bending
Are really intending
To keep minorities from voting.
All this gives me reason to mope
We’ve been on a slippery slope
It’s one thing to vent
But we need bold intent
To give us new strength and hope.
It makes you wish for a revolution
Or seek another drastic solution
‘Cause it’s really no joke
When half of our folk
Still don’t believe in evolution.
Absent a philosopher king
Democracy’s hope to upswing
Lest it all come to naught
Lies with kids to be taught
Education is ultimately the thing.
In the meantime let’s not just lament
The depths of our politics descent
Let’s seek to reinvent
Ways to truly represent
Democratically the ninety-nine percent.