America’s No Longer Great

America, what happened? You used to be so great.                                         But, now, you’re a society of bullying and hate.                                               From talk show hosts, comedians, reporters “on the scene”,                         it seems that everything you do – and listen to – is mean!                           Celebrities flaunt squalor; explicit, vulgar tones.                                           Your leaders all resort to hard profanity on phones!                                       The Facebook posts are bawdy, show shoddy disrespect;                               and this comes from America, one nation we’d expect                                   to be a bit more civil, and be much more urbane.                                           Instead, we see a country that’s led by the insane!                                         Your President just tweeted, “The world is watching.” – YES!!                        And I’m quite sure they’re laughing (unless I miss my guess).                      America, what happened? For all the world, you’ve been                               a beacon. What’s it going to take to make you great again?                           -RKO-         #712          07-31-17                                                                       [Political Poetry by RKO now available at]

“You Don’t Lead by Hitting People Over the Head – that’s assault, not leadership” – Dwight D. Eisenhower

Trump issues ultimatums. McConnell’s in a slump.                                       They’re blaming everyone they can except for Mitch and Trump!                 The first thing that they’ll do, of course, is blame it on McCain.                   They’ll say his ‘no’ vote shouldn’t count                                                       because he’s not completely sane.                                                                   His surgery has caused his thinking to impair;                                             and that’s why how he voted can’t be considered fair.                                   If that can’t work, then Trump will try to sabotage the law.                         He’s sure to make ObamaCare the focus of the flaw.                                     All that these ogres had to do was make modifications.                                 Instead, they chose to tear things up and terrify a nation.                             So, now, Trump and McConnell both look like lunatics;                                 and their two massive egos won’t simply let them “fix”                                 the flaws within ObamaCare. It’s really kind of sad:                                       how “leaders” of our country “lead” so superbly bad!                                     -RKO-                         #711            07-30-17                                                    [Political Poetry by RKO now available at]

Put ‘Em On An Incentive Plan

Murkowski and Collins already have been                                                       derided and chided again and again.                                                               But, all of a sudden, another surprise!                                                             McCain voted “No!” to Republican lies!                                                         Their health care revisions were sloppy and crude.                                     After seven long years of this childish feud,                                                 they couldn’t come up with a really good plan                                                 that benefits children, each woman and man.                                                 But John said it all when he spoke Thursday night                                       and said Congress does nothing but bicker and fight.                                       I think “we the people” should make this ‘Rule One’:                                     Congress doesn’t get paid ’til it gets something done!                                   -RKO-                   #710      07-29-17                                                                 [Political Poetry by RKO now available at]

Congress Does Itself In

So, Congress decided it had to install security systems to protect them all. It had to be done in secret, of course;                                                             they wouldn’t want protesters trying to force a halt to the project,             or further delay; they’d not want the public to get in the way.                     To stop any taxpayers’ mass mutiny; to avoid any media mass scrutiny,     they hired a firm called “W.H. Plumber”,                                                       and ordered the work to get started this summer.                                         Congress was told it would take half a year.                                                   But – once it’s installed – they’d have nothing to fear!                                    “There’s crazies out there who are trying to kill us!                                                         Just get the job done, and then secretly bill us!”                                                     So, “W.H. Plumber” worked every night.                                                         He was given top clearance and did everything right.                                   When the job was completed, he sent Congress his bill,                                 and everyone felt more secure on the Hill.                                                     With the President’s “State of the Union” address                                         all set to being in a “safer” Congress,                                                               the Capitol Building, now fully secured,                                                           awaited the President’s opening words.                                                           But, before all the raucous and cheering had slowed,                                     Americans watched the whole building EXPLODE!!!!                                     “W.H. Plumber” waited forty-six years.                                                         As he sat and he watched and he drank a few beers,                                     he finally got even for the price he had paid                                                     for the role in the Watergate scandal he’d played.                                           But – not only that – he did something else, too;                                           he did something that millions of voters can’t do!                                         With the flick of a switch, all the crooks and the thieves,                             Republicans, Democrats – whom no one believes –                                       were finally gone, and can’t be re-elected;                                                   and voters can do what they’ve always expected:                                       they can vote for a candidate willing to be                                                       a servant to people, and not their party!                                                       Career politicians will no longer get fat                                                       because they’re Republicans – or Democrats.                                                   No longer is Congress a millonaire’s club;                                                   it’s made up of people like you and me, Bub!                                                   Congress will no longer be “Dumb and Dumber”;                                       all thanks to a rebel named “W.H. Plumber”.                                                 -RKO-        #709         07-28-17                                                                        [Political Poetry by RKO now available at]

Nobody Builds THAT Car but ME!

THAT car’s not running right, so I’ll tear it apart.                                           Then, I’ll build us a brand new car. We’ll see if it will start.                         I’ve never built a car before, but how hard can it be?                                     I’m sure I’ll do a better job than Ford or GMC.                                               Why should I bother fixing THAT car that’s running ‘rough’                       when I can build a better car and leave out half the stuff?                             It doesn’t need an engine; it doesn’t need four wheels.                               But, this I promise: it will be the best of automobiles!                                     It isn’t just THAT car, you see; I have THAT guy who built it.                       And that’s why I just had to be the one that up and killed it!                         I could have made some small repairs, and – yes – that’s right:                   I’ve said it.                                                                                                         But, if I overhaul THAT car, THAT guy gets all the credit!                             -RKO-                    #708                   07-27-17                                                   [Political Poetry by RKO now available at]

It’s Inevitable

Congress now votes to continue debate                                                           on health care reform, which they just can’t get straight.                               McCain has returned, and he tried to play Cupid,                                           but Congress, of course, just ends up looking stupid.                                     This Congress is truly corrupt to its core.                                                         No honor or ethics exist anymore!                                                                   The system is broken, there’s no easy fix                                                         until we get rid of “Republicrat” pricks.                                                           They work for their party; they don’t work for us!                                           They’re boils infecting political pus.                                                                 McCain was correct: we’ve all got to quit                                                         allowing ourselves to be brainwashed by shit                                                   from loudmouths like Stewart, Limbaugh and Fox News                               and Colbert and Coulter and others who use                                                   their “right” to “free speech” to bully and ‘sell’                                             this nation of ours right down into Hell.                                                           What’s really pathetic, I’m sorry to say:                                                           the smartest among us believe what they say!                                                 Our egos prefer CNN or Fox News,                                                                 and we disrespect those who don’t share our views!                                     As rotten as things in Congress appear,                                                         we’re all just as bad with political smear.                                                     There’s only one thing that will bring us together,                                       and only one way that we ever will weather                                                     the storm of this ugly and national crisis:                                                       if we get attacked by Al-Qaeda or ISIS!                                                                                  -RKO-                        #707          07-26-17                                                                     [Political Poetry by RKO now available at]

Yes, It’s A Fairy Tale!

“Little pig, little pig, let me come in!”                                                                                       “No, not by the hair on my chinny-chin-chin!”                                                                   “Then I’ll huff and I’ll puff and I’ll blow your house in!’      

And the house made of straw and the house made of sticks                         were no match for the house Mr. Trump built with bricks.                             So, when Sessions and Spicer showed they hadn’t the mettle,                       Trump replaced them with wolves who just wouldn’t settle                         for anything less than a win at all cost,                                                           since Trump won’t admit that he ever has lost!                                             Now, the House has been fortified, adding bricks upon bricks.                       Trump’s surrounded himself with some world-class pricks.                         If the health care proposal is only half-assed,                                               does Trump really care? He just wants it passed!                                            He asked Putin twice if Russia had meddled;                                               and Putin said, “No”, so that should be settled!                                             Trump’s building his wall, and he’ll huff and he’ll puff.                               Yes, he’ll blow the House down – and if that’s not enough –                         he’ll show the whole country there’s no condescention                               while all his ex-wolves are collecting their pension!                                     So, Trump’s going to lead with a clenched iron fist;                                       and he really won’t care if the people get pissed!                                             -RKO-                    #706         07-25-17                                                             [Political Poetry by RKO now available at]


Freedom of the Press Must Stop!

“The Mooch” has made it very clear: he doesn’t like the Press.                     How much his staff will live in fear is anybody’s guess.                               They’ll hear what he wants them to hear.                                                     No fake news paparazzi!                                                                                 The propaganda, he will steer,                                                                       as if he were a Nazi.                                                                                         Like Hitler said, just tell a lie, and tell it frequently.                                   Eventually, the average guy believes it, wait and see!                                 And, just like Goebbels, Anthony will make himself Director                         of Propaganda Ministry and Media Inspector.                                             The Press will only have access to Scaramucci’s views.                               He will not tolerate the cesspool he sees as “fake news”.                               From this day forward, there won’t be                                                             a Press that is considered ‘free’.                                                                     “The Mooch” decides what’s “truth” and “fate”.                                           He plans to kill the Fourth Estate!                                                                     Scaramucci’s gonna stop the leaks. “I’ll fire them!” I’ll crush ya’…!             And, anyone who freely speaks might just get sent to Russia!                       These “leakers” must be stopped because                                                       they tarnish Trump’s agenda.                                                                           From now on, write precisely from the press release we send ya’….!             -RKO-        #705          07-24-17                                                                       [Political Poetry by RKO now available at]

What Are Those Two Up To?

Two world leaders meet, for just an hour or two.                                           But what they said remains unknown.                                                             The people have no clue!                                                                                   And then they meet a second time                                                                   but don’t tell anyone!                                                                                         Could they be plotting how to kill                                                                     that nasty Kim Jong Un?                                                                                     It isn’t fair, it isn’t right                                                                                     that everyone ‘assumes’                                                                                     some sinister activity                                                                                         went on in those closed rooms.                                                                         Did Vladimir arrange it to make Trump look naive?                                       ‘Cause anything that Trumps tells us,                                                               most people won’t believe!                                                                                 Trump’s said that Putin’s “really smart”.                                                       So why are they so “chummy”?                                                                         Could Putin just be ‘playing’ Trump                                                                 and making him his dummy?                                                                           -RKO-                                #704         07-23-17                                                 [Political Poetry by RKO now available at]

And We Thought the Titanic Was a Disaster!

Spicer’s not just stupid, a bully and a thug;                                                     as spokesman for the White House, he’s proven he’s a slug.                         I don’t expect his services, at length, to be required.                                     He’s bound to shoot his mouth off, and Trump will say, “You’re fired!”     [Originally composed on Jan. 28, 2017; Political Poetry #528]

OK, it didn’t happen exactly like I said.                                                             But, it’s a sign of how things are beginning to unthread.                               “All lifeboats will be lowered! Women and children first!”                           I’m gonna guess this crew won’t wait to take turns for the worst!               Like Haldeman and Erlichman and Liddy and John Dean,                             they’ll all start jumping ship as soon                                                               as Mueller makes the scene.                                                                             Indictments numbered sixty-nine back during Watergate.                           the number they found guilty was only forty-eight.                                       As “TrumpGate’s” ship starts sinking, what will the numbers be                 once mates are given lifelines while drifting out to sea?                               It’s bound to be a shipwreck with countless casualties.                                 We’re in for stormy weather in rough, uncharted seas.                                   When Trump starts asking questions if he can pardon him,                           we know the boat is full of holes.                                                                   He’ll either sink or swim!                                                                                   -RKO-                           #703           07-22-17                                                   [Political Poetry by RKO now available at]