Trump wants to back out of the Climate Accord. Is this really something the U.S. can afford? Most scientists say climate change is a threat. But Trump seems to think he knows better – and, yet – when Trump built his swanky new Irish golf course, his lawyers appeared in the courts, and with force, they argued a seawall was needed – how strange! – to protect his resort due to – gasp! – climate change! Rising sea levels, storms and that slimy old moss might turn Trump’s Doonbeg links from profit to loss! So, when it comes down to a golf course he bought, then climate change has to be challenged and fought! But, other than that, Trump just doesn’t believe that clean air is something man needs to achieve. So, now we’re left hanging on Trump’s personal whim – and Congress does nothing to try and stop him! I guess we’ll just wait ’til the glaciers lose power, and watch as the ocean engorges Trump Tower, and downtown Manhattan becomes a fiord; then Trump might decide to rejoin the Accord! -RKO- #651 05-31-17 [Political Poetry by RKO now available at www.xlibris.com]
We can squander tens of trillions on illegal war even though we hardly know what we’re fighting for. Battles bring more profit in, just like “Ike” once said. Doesn’t matter, lose or win, or how many end up dead. As we turn the world to trash, kill civilizations; pockets will get lined with cash while we wipe out nations. After years of bombs and tanks, death-defying trouble; for our bank accounts give thanks, while we live in rubble. We’re America the great, selling arms, promoting hate, building battleships galore. That’s our business: making war. -RKO- #650 05-31-17 [Political Poetry by RKO now available at www.xlibris.com]
The screaming from beneath the dirt epitomizes pain and hurt. The voices of a million men, all pleading for us all to end our futile, brutal acts of war that claimed their lives forever more. From Gettysburg to Normandy, from Somme and from beneath the Sea, their cries are tainted with the blood, mixed with a thousand years of mud. Today we honor all who fell throughout millenniums of hell. But we’ll be haunted by their cries until not one more soldier dies. The best homage that we can pay will only come some final day when all mankind unites as one, and every man lays down his gun. So, let that be our global quest: let’s put our soldiers’ wounds to rest. Let’s give them tribute that they’re worth now that their bodies turned to earth. Our heroes’ screams will never cease until we finally come to peace. And, only then will their souls sleep; and from their graves no longer weep. We honor them with long parades, but that’s not much more than charades. Our tribute should be so much more. Our tribute should be: end all war. -RKO- #649 05-29-17 [Political Poetry by RKO now available at www.xlibris.com]
“Guess who just got back today? Them wild-eyed boys that had been away. Haven’t changed that much to say. But, man I still think them cats are crazy! The boys are back in town! The boys are back in town!” And, so it’s time to get back to our affairs, investigations, scandals and twitters on the airs. And the fake news will get stranger, and the accusations rough. But we know there is no danger, so we’ll keep on acting tough. “The boys are back in town! The boys are back in town!” -RKO- #648 05-28-17 [Political Poetry by RKO now available at www.xlibris.com]
“Everyone on Fifth Avenue has a Mercedes!” “How many Chevrolets do you see in Germany?” Perhaps the President’s right, except for one oversight: German car makers build factories here. But a quick check on ‘Google’, and it seems pretty clear there’s no plant in Europe, I’m sorry to say, where General Motors might build Chevrolets! The German car makers create U.S. jobs! But Trump goes to Europe, and as he ‘hob nobs’ with German officials, he’s on a tirade about how there’s not very fair German trade! The Germans don’t buy many Chevies, here’s why: there aren’t any Chevrolet dealers nearby! So, maybe the problem is not with the Germans. Maybe the problem is all with GM……! -RKO- #647 05-27-17 [Political Poetry by RKO now available at www.xlibris.com]
Wow. We’re calling Germany “bad”. And Trump won’t let them sell cars. Volkswagens, Audis and Beemers will all be banned from the street. That’s certainly not going to sit well with movie stars and the elite. Will their factories be closed in this country? And how many jobs will that cost? Will we still remain allies with Germans, or will that alliance be lost? Trump needs to control his bravado before we run out of friends. He can’t just continue to piss off the world; that’s how our democracy ends. We’ve got to be part of this planet; we’re just a small sum of the whole. Was Letterman right when he said that Trump might be a man who is without a soul? -RKO- #646 05-26-17 [Political Poetry by RKO now available at www.xlibris.com]
“What do you give him to eat?” the Pope gently asked the First Lady. She chuckled and smiled, so sweet, as if they’d just shared something shady. As most of us guessed, Trump is junk-food obsessed. Much like Bush 41, who ate oddly; I suspect Donald doesn’t eat broccoli! -RKO- #645 05-25-17 [Political Poetry by RKO now available at www/xlibris.com]
(Excerpts from a powerful poem about Manchester, England by Tony Walsh; but it easily applies to cities around the world): This is the place. In the north-west of England. It’s ace, it’s the best. And the song that we sing from the stands, from our bands, set the whole planet shaking.
And this is the place Henry Rice strolled with Rolls and we’ve rocked and we’ve rolled with our own northern soul. And so this is the place to do business, then dance; where go-getters and goal-setters know they’ve a chance.
And this is the place where our folks came to work, where they struggled in puddles, they hurt in the dirt. And they built us this city, they built us these towns; and they coughed on the cobbles to the deafening sounds.
And so this is the place, now – with kids of our own – some are born here, some drawn here, but they all call it home. And they’ve covered the cobbles, but they’ll never defeat all the dreamers and schemers who still teem through the streets.
Because this is the place in our hearts, in our homes; because this is the place that’s a part of our bones.
To all of those in Manchester, England as they now “hurt in the dirt” once again. If only we could promise this would be the world’s last terrorist attack. -RKO- #644 05-24-17 [Political Poetry by RKO now available at www.xlibris.com]
“Le grand criard sans honte audacieux” [The great shameless, audacious bawler] “Sera esleu gouuerneur de I’armee” [He will be elected governor of the army] “La hardiesse de son contenteur” [The boldness of his contention] “Le pont rompua, cite’ de pur pasmee” [The bridge broken, the city faint from fear] -RKO- #643 05-23-17 [Political Poetry by RKO now available at www.xlibris.com]
Some ‘experts’ are saying that Donald Trump’s reached a time in his term where he should be impeached. Forgive me, but aren’t they ahead of their time? Don’t we first have to prove he’s committed a crime? -RKO- #642 05-22-17 [Political Poetry by RKO now available at www.xlibris.com]