We Need New Blood, Not Coagulated Reruns!

First Rudy, then Mitt, and now Sarah Palin!                                                                                                                   Good God, Mr. Trump, are you mentally failin’?                                                                                                                 It’s time to pick people with strong intellects;                                                                                                            not washed-up old ‘has beens’ whom no one respects!                                                                                                             Not Betsy DeVos, or others without                                                                                                               the qualifications (but plenty of clout).                                                                                                                  There’s lots of fresh talent that can be retained!                                                                                                             So, please keep your promise, and get that swamp drained!                                                                                                              -RKO-     #471        11-30-16

Even Flag Burners Have Rights

So Trump thinks if you burn a flag ,                                                                                                                    then you should go to jail.                                                                                                                      Somebody should explain to him                                                                                                                      about how laws prevail.                                                                                                                I understand that Mr. Trump’s a bit delusional;                                                                                                          but jailing those who burn the flag’s                                                                                                                   unconstitutional.                                                                                                -RKO-      #470      11-29-16

You’re A Celebrity, Donald; Why Not Pick Another Celebrity?

Rudy or Mitt? That’s the best you can do?                                                                                                                       Come on, Mr. Trump, to thine own self be true!                                                                                                                    You promised your voters that you’d drain the swamp                                                                                                                and get rid of career politicians who stomp                                                                                                                  all over the people so they can get wealthy;                                                                                                              to choose from “establishment’s” not politically healthy!                                                                                                               There’s gotta be someone that’s savvy and great,                                                                                                                   someone you could appoint Secretary of State!                                                                                                                   Someone with integrity, ethics and brains;                                                                                                                 someone who’s not used to running campaigns!                                                                                                         Hillary was a political shill. Her sloppy work ethic got some people killed.                                                                                                                  Rudy or Mitt won’t be any better; they won’t get much done as they fumble and fretter.                                                                                                                 There’s brilliant young people lying in wait                                                                                                                     who could very well be Secretary of State!                                                                                                                   If there’s no replacement for St. Hillary,                                                                                                                then don’t look much further than Sunday TV!                                                                                                                       I know she’s an actress, and just “plays” the part;                                                                                                                    but that doesn’t mean that’s really not smart!                                                                                                                 She might make a great “Madam Secretary”                                                                                                           Why not give some thought to Te’a Leoni?!?                                                                                                               -RKO-        #469      11-28-16

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Those Electoral College Rascals!

The Electoral College meets in December;                                                                                                           And there’s something voters don’t seem to remember:                                                                                                          They can vote for anyone they may so choose.                                                                                                                So, even though Trump might have won, he could lose!                                                                                                                    Of course, it would cause an uproar, no doubt.                                                                                                                  If Hillary won and Donald was out!                                                                                                                      If that was to happen, it wouldn’t bode well                                                                                                                     for a country divided, already in Hell!                                                                                                                    -RKO-      #468      11-27-16

A General’s Lament

Thank God Thanksgiving’s over! I don’t have to pretend                               that I’m a five-star general who wants all wars to end!                                 I wrap myself in God and flags, and claim to do what’s right.                       And those who march for peace are fags without the balls to fight!             I’ll send my men into harm’s way and paint those mountains red                 ’til one tin soldier rides away, and all the rest are dead.                                 This “trilogy’ you’ve written is cowardly deduction.                                       My men are soldiers and they’ll face their own Eve of Destruction!               Ike named it “military – industrial complex”.                                                 And let me tell ya’, Sonny boy, that combat outranks sex!                             There’s nothing more that pumps me up                                                         and soothes my massive egos,                                                                           than when I send some mangled kids                                                               back home and call them heroes.                                                                       The war’s been good for business: Sikorsky, Boeing, Fitch.                           And Halliburton, by itself, had made Dick Cheney rich!                                 So now we’ve all been thankful for everything we’ve got.                               But I need men on those front lines (and hope they don’t get shot!).           See, killing is my business; I’m paid to be a winner.                                       I don’t have time to glorify some dull Thanksgiving dinner.                         So, sit back in contentment; enjoy leftover pie.                                               Meanwhile, I’ll send my men to fight, to kill, to die.                                       -RKO-      #467C         11-26-16                                                                         [The last of a 3-part Thanksgiving trilogy]

The Holiday Trilogy Continues……

The eastern world, it is explodin’; violence flarin’, bullets loadin’;               you’re old enough to kill, but not for votin’;                                                     you don’t believe in war, so what’s that gun you’re totin’?                             And even the Jordan River has bodies floatin’.                                                 But you tell me over and over and over again, my friend:                                                 you don’t believe we’re on the Eve of Destruction?                                                  Don’t you understand what I’m tryin’ to say?                                                 Can’t you feel the fears I’m feelin’ today?                                                         If the button is pushed, there’s no runnin’ away….                                         there’ll be no one to save with the world in a grave.                                       Take a look around you, boy, it’s bound to scare you, boy.                             But you tell me over and over and over again, my friend;                                               you don’t believe we’re on the Eve of Destruction?                                                   Yeah, my blood’s so mad, feels like coagulatin’                                             – I’m sittin’ here, just contemplatin’.                                                             I I can’t twist the truth; it knows no regulation.                                                 Handfuls of senators don’t pass legislation.                                                   And marches alone don’t bring integration.                                                     This whole crazy world is just too frustratin’  –                                               But you tell me over and over and over again, my friend;                                               you don’t believe we’re on the Eve of Destruction?                                                             Think of all the hate there is in Red China;                                                       then take a look around to Selma, Alabama.                                                     Oh, you may leave here for four days in space,                                                 but when you return, it’s the same old place.                                                   The poundin’ of the drums, the pride and disgrace;                                       you can bury your dead, but don’t leave a trace.                                             Hate your next-door neighbor, but don’t forget to say grace.                         But you tell me over and over and over again, my friend;                                                 you don’t believe we’re on the Eve of Destruction?                                                             – RKO-             #467B         11-25-16                                                                HAPPY THANKSGIVING!     OH, THAT’S OVER….BACK TO BUSINESS!                       

If We Can Be Thankful Today, Why Not Tomorrow?

Listen, people, to a story that was written long ago,                                       ’bout a Kingdom on a mountain and the valley folks below.                           On that mountain was a treasure hidden deep beneath a stone;                     and the valley people swore they’d have it for their very own.                       Go ahead and hate your neighbor; go ahead and cheat a friend.                                   Do it in the name of Heaven; you can justify it in the end.                                               There won’t be any trumpets blowing, come the Judgment Day.                                   On the bloody morning after, one tin soldier rides away.                                                 So, the people of the valley sent a message up the hill,                                 asking for the buried treasure, tons of gold for which they’d kill.                 Came the answer from the Kingdom, “With our brothers we will share       all the riches of the mountain, all the treasure buried there.”                       Go ahead and hate your neighbor; go ahead and cheat a friend.                                     Do it in the name of Heaven; you can justify it in the end.                                               There won’t be any trumpets blowing, come the Judgment Day.                                   On the bloody morning after, one tin soldier rides away.                                               Now the valley cried with anger, Mount your horses! Draw your swords! And they killed the mountain people; so they won their just rewards.         Now they stood before the treasure, on that mountain, dark and red,       turned the stone and looked beneath it. “Peace on Earth” was all it said.   Go ahead and hate your neighbor; go ahead and cheat a friend.                                Do it in the name of Heaven; you can justify it in the end.                                                 There won’t be any trumpets blowing come the Judgment Day.                                 On the bloody morning after, one tin soldier rides away.                                                   -RKO-           #467A               11-24-16                                                             HAPPY THANKSGIVING!                   PEACE ON EARTH!                                   [Let’s not stain any more mountains dark with red]                          

Keep Your Job – at Your Low Pay

The Fair Labor Standards Act has just been put on hold.                               And all because a judge believes the things that he’s been told:                     “It’s gonna hurt my business if I increase their pay!                                                            I need them here to work – at least – a thirteen hour day!                                              How else can I boost profits, and add to my own stash?                                                   I need indentured servants to fill my purse with cash!                                                         It’s how I’ve been avoiding that minimum-wage law.                                                       I tell them they’re a ‘manager’ and watch them try to claw                                               their way out of their poverty, but there’s just one small flaw:                                         They work their fingers to the bone – and it’s a real bitch –                                             but they stay stuck in poverty while I get filthy rich!                                                           Don’t change the law, Your Honor, and set those poor folks free.                                     I can’t have all my workers living as well as me!”                                                            –RKO-    #466         11-23-16                          

In Memory

November twenty-second, nineteen-sixty-three;                                         a day we’ll all remember,                                                                                 for what it came to be.                                                                                       If you weren’t here to witness                                                                         what took place on that date,                                                                           perhaps you’ll be here on the Earth in 2038.                                                   Then, Generation Xers – and those of much more youth,                               will come to know the secrets                                                                           and finally learn the truth.                                                                                 -RKO-     #465         11-22-16

Here Comes the Malicious!

It was just a few weeks ago that ‘experts’ and those ‘in the know’               predicted the death of the party.                                                                       But Republicans made a comeback, and now they’re on the attack,               while Democrats don’t feel so hardy.                                                               And, far from draining the swamp, Trump’s filling positions with pomp     and career politicians of vicious                                                                       repute, who will certainly add to the public dispute                                       as they all favor being malicious!                                                                     -RKO-      #464       11-21-16