Category Archives: Politics

Comments on the joys and foibles of democracy, and the increasing lack of it

Reminder for the President

Your Oath, Mister Trump –
Uphold our Constitution,
not undermine it,
nor disgrace or ignore it,
nor mock it in word or deed.

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© Gregory V Driscoll  2018

NOTE –

If we doff our partisan lenses, and look at history more objectively,
we find that all our presidents since World War II – Truman, Eisenhower,
Kennedy, L. Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, G. H. W. Bush, Clinton,
G. W. Bush, Obama and now Trump – have all failed, especially in respect
to foreign policy and war, and with the connivance of Congress, to uphold
the Constitution and treaties which, under the Constitution’s Supremacy
Clause, are the law of the land. The fact that ‘We the People’ have allowed
and continue to allow our government to perpetrate crimes against our
own laws, the law of nations, and humanity itself is a veritable indictment
of us and our democracy.

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The New Ozymandias?

caravans of poor souls
fleeing turmoil of all kinds
are outrages to him.

he’d rather embrace
glowing orbs and Saudi sheiks
who dance with gold swords

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© Gregory V Driscoll 2018

“Rogue Killers?” No – Rogue President!

Trump gives autocrats
a pass whether Putin, Xi,
Kim, the Saudi King.
Why? Because he hopes
someday to emulate them.

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© Gregory V Driscoll  2018

A Modest Proposal

Many who support our current President say he’s good for the country because he’s shaking up the status quo – a position that is, to my mind, incontrovertible. So I’ll propose an action that will shake things up even more. Moreover, as the old saying has it, we can knock off two birds with the same stone. Here goes:

Mr. Trump should sign an EO [for which he’s now famous] ordering the Justice Department to start preparing indictments as war criminals of Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, George W. Bush, Dick Cheney and a slew of other de facto or de jure war criminals [in regard to the various wars we’ve been engaged in since 2001, and even before then.] That action will certainly shatter the all too familiar practice of successor administrations letting their predecessors escape with impunity “the rule of law.” Furthermore, it may even unite the Democrats and Republicans in Congress to trigger the impeachment of DJT and his sycophantic VP.

See?! We’d be knocking off two birds [really more] with one stone… And actually effecting the rule of law – thus turning a longtime myth into reality!

Who could ask for anything better than a return to the rule of law?

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© Gregory V. Driscoll  2018

following the Trump spectacle

most times now I feel
like the white-clad street-sweeper
behind elephants

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© Gregory V Driscoll 2018

Performance Appraisal

Vlad and Cad in Finland
behind those closed doors, alone:
I trust the Prez’s rating
is A plus for all the chaos
almost day after day…

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© Gregory V Driscoll 2018

NOTE: Thanks to Stephen Colbert for the idea…

Thought to keep in mind during the ‘nuclear’ Spectacle in Singapore

Beware of con men
is very canny advice,
particularly so, now,
in the Age of Trump

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© Gregory V Driscoll 2018