Hey you, Whitehouse

I tried and I tried.
I wrote emails and letters that spied
the era of a new beginning among
the average citizen, old and young.

I talked to everyone around and online
about health care reform and the spine
of our country and how we had the power.
That we no longer had to cower.

That Obama was different and the change
he spoke of was real and could be sustained.
Changing issues in our political institution
from health care reform to pollution.

I held out hope until I saw the bill begin to bloat.
As the far right screamed and bought the boat
about death panels and socialism that had arisen
and watched how this rhetoric created division.

And how the GOP looked into the sea of people
and decided they needed the power of the church steeple.
That to stir dissent they would pull the abortion card.
How reform was killing grandma and that unborn part

of humanity who has no voice in the matter.
Who are spoken of for obstructionists to gather
as they continue to use abortion as a way of stopping legislation.
Taking the rights of women away that were hard won in this nation.

This bill is propped up with duck tape and glue.
Stuck together with bubble gum and the blood of me and you.
To see this same bullshit being played again
can dishearten the strongest to stop fighting to win.

Because there is no grassroots liberal movement.
Just a bunch of cowards who are not willing to vent
about how health care reform has been stolen away
by the same corporations that financed the campaign.

By the same banks that Americans bailed out.
By Wall Street with their billion dollar bonus snouts.
Pigs to the trough milking the same machine
that was not going to be in the Whitehouse pristine

with the change we were promised and the lies we were fed.
No health care reform bill but more war instead.
My lack of hope saddens my heart this December.
And this was to be the house that hope built, remember.

Big man, pig man, ha ha charade you are.
You well heeled big wheel, ha ha charade you are.
And when your hand is on your heart,
You’re nearly a good laugh,
Almost a joker,
With your head down in the pig bin,
Saying “Keep on digging.”
Pig stain on your fat chin.
What do you hope to find.
When you’re down in the pig mine.
You’re nearly a laugh,
You’re nearly a laugh
But you’re really a cry.

Bus stop rat bag, ha ha charade you are.
You fucked up old hag, ha ha charade you are.
You radiate cold shafts of broken glass.
You’re nearly a good laugh,
Almost worth a quick grin.
You like the feel of steel,
You’re hot stuff with a hatpin,
And good fun with a hand gun.
You’re nearly a laugh,
You’re nearly a laugh
But you’re really a cry.

Hey you, Whitehouse,
Ha ha charade you are.
You house proud town mouse,
Ha ha charade you are
You’re trying to keep our feelings off the street.
You’re nearly a real treat,
All tight lips and cold feet
And do you feel abused?
…..! …..! …..! …..!
You gotta stem the evil tide,
And keep it all on the inside.
Mary you’re nearly a treat,
Mary you’re nearly a treat
But you’re really a cry.

Pink Floyd
Pigs (Three Different Ones)
Animals, 1977

Comments

  • look how happy those fat cats look!

  • sue

    How sad after all the hard work people put into getting Obama elected. His admin. has turned their backs on the people for big business. I hope everyone remembers who’s fault it is that we got such a watered down bill. There is no prize for the people. I have ins. but I can’t afford to go to the doctor because my premiums are too high. After I pay that there is no money left. And this bill for pre-existing conditions won’t start until 2014 for adults. Tell that to the people who are dying now. We need someone who truly cares I am afraid after believing in Pres. Obama and now see where he took us people will never trust another person In the Democratic Party. They don’t deserve to be trusted. I am just glad I don’t have that many more years left. But I fear for my kids. It’s sad that I am hoping my adult children don’t have children because living in this country is going to get harder to live in. You can’t support your self anymore let alone a family. But this is what the rich want to keep us down and poor. I hope is gone. God Bless this country. We have more problems than we can imagine.

  • Today the bill has gotten the 60 votes it needs to pass. I feel as if I’ve experienced a hope-a-dope.

    As the bill nearly imploded from Lieberman and Nelson, as the public option did not become an option it seemed the bill was truly failed.

    Then as Harry Reid proudly announced today the bill will allow 30 million people to receive coverage. That the pre-existing condition clause will be done away with when signed by January 2010 (big for my family).

    That the bill actually will have mechanisms built into it to keep the rising of premiums from continuing and that it includes the largest tax cut in America since 2001.

    So it is as if this began as a possible revolution in health care reform, I thought momentarily about real reform. Then we were made to believe that the bill was not going to cover any additional folks or control costs. Then like a rope-a-dope the bill actually seems to do much of what it said it was originally going to do. An out and out hope-a-dope. After I wrote this poem claiming all my hope had been done away with here comes a little sliver of hope for me to sink my teeth into.

    I’ll take what I can get. As the analogy that was used in the News Conference, this bill is not a mansion but it is a starter home that can be built onto. People in my situation will take any advancements and reform that is possible. We’ll build a mansion in time. Single payer being the end goal, HOPEFULLY.

  • you are right g-tron to be grateful to get some crumbs from our greedy government, because i know your family needs the help…but, those of us who want progressive reform must unite and place responsibility on those democrats who not only refused to give the people a fair fight, were actually complicit in the insanely watered down version of reform, that will actually benefit the companies who started the problems.

    the effort utilized to put democrats into office would be better spent organizing against the governmental relationships with big business altogether. if we took all that political power that was united for obama and instead put it into a movement against the broken government itself we would have a shot at getting an investment in the people, instead of taking all our tax money and giving it to those who already have billions.

    akbar

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