Tag Archives: Obama

A Heartfelt Wish

We just can’t win, I guess. Our previous president was articulate, personable – but was a consummate liar, in word and deed, about so many important things. Our current president can barely express what he means, knows very little about most things [except how to screw people out of money] and will probably go down in the annals of history as the nonpareil deceiver of all those who have so far held the office.

If I were a believer, I’d spend my days and evenings in prayer on my knees or even prostrate, begging god or the gods to deliver us from this scourge and the nefarious actions he and his minions will deal out to all of us, here and overseas. But I’m not such a believer. Yet I do trust in karma, and so I accept that this wretch is somehow payback to our nation for allowing our government to do all the wicked things it has done here and around the world for the last 225 years and counting. With MLK, Jr. I recognize that our government has been, for quite a while, the greatest purveyor of violence and mayhem in the world.

Perhaps we’ll finally come to our senses, rise up, and cast off all the greedy, hateful, and bloodthirsty bastards. Hoping against hope, I think love in thought, word and deed will bring us through this dark night of the soul.

© Gregory V Driscoll 2017

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In re: deportations – Trump’s Model: Barack Obama

Where were the marchers
when Obama deported
2.5 million?

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© Gregory V Driscoll  2017

winners AND losers

the Drone Meister says
I’m with her – yes, Frick and Frack
going hand in hand
draw all into the Abyss
both of body and spirit

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© Gregory V Driscoll  2016

A Modest Proposal or Flip-flop on Netanyahu’s coming to speak to Congress

At first I thought congress members’ boycotting Prime Minister Netanyahu’s speech to a joint session would be the best way for them to show their displeasure with Speaker Boehner’s disrespect to a sitting President in inviting a foreign head of state without coordinating with the White House as well as their annoyance with Netanyahu’s accepting such an invitation in spite of his having to have known that such acceptance could only be seen as a patent and to many citizens an unjustifiable intervention in the internal political affairs of our nation.

But after thinking upon it some more, I came to think that the better course would be for those Democrats (there are probably some Republicans too who feel as their fellows across the aisle do) to demand that Boehner and Netanyahu agree to ad hoc questioning of the PM from the floor of congress by the legislators assembled for the occasion; in addition, those members should demand that Boehner and McConnell invite the President to debate the manifestly arrogant Israeli PM. Remember: Republicans’ justification for the invitation was supposedly to provide a better understanding of possible consequences of the negotiations with Iran.

What better way could there be to achieve that objective than to have the world leader most opposed to continued negotiations be questioned in open session, and for the President also to make the case for continuing those talks, through debating his Israeli “opponent” and answering as well questions from the floor?

All of this would, of course, be broadcast to the people of this nation – and the world – as an educational moment regarding a very important issue of foreign policy and a lesson on whether or not congressional representatives are able to work together, civilly and constructively, at least in some small degree.

© Gregory V Driscoll 2015

senryu – word play

another word for
fecklessness that’s a surname?
oh yes!  obama

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© Gregory V Driscoll  2014

Other words that fit (put them in place of fecklessness):

1) deceiver
2) criminal
3) warmonger

Please conjure your own…

Ruffles and Flourishes…Hail to the Hawk!

Putin, “warmonger”,
just made peace while Obama,
the “Peace Laureate”,
resorts first to threats of force
or force itself. What a fraud!

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~ Gregory V Driscoll  2014

The good of the people is the greatest law. ~ Marcus Tullius Cicero

President Obama Signs ‘Monsanto Protection Act’

The headline is as outrageous as the law itself, but it is also the inevitable result of what is called “corporate capitalism” or more accurately “monopoly capitalism.”

Those who think they can stop such actions or revert to a more pristine time or “make things right” without changing the present economic system are deluding themselves.

We must remember what I among others have been saying for years – There is only one party in the United States but it has two wings: the Democrats and the Republicans. The mission of this two-winged party is to protect corporate capital aka monopoly capital.

Before 1981 there were still a number of independent power centers in our society (even within government and the so-called “parties” at all levels), but since Reagan’s election in 1980, those independent power centers have been so weakened (some almost destroyed and still others suborned) that they cannot launch effective countervailing efforts against the corporate juggernaut.

Essentially we live in a morally corrupt society, that is, a society where the actual or prospective lawbreakers can pay to have the laws changed to their advantage; almost everything done by the corporate capitalists is “within the law” (after all it is their law – many times even drafted by their lawyers) but bought and paid for with workers’ / consumers’ money filtered through the government (now a corporate adjunct) as taxes, or through the corporations as profits, or since the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision, effectively from corporate operating funds as a ‘cost of doing business.’

Welcome to the future, which looks all too much like the past, namely the “Gilded Age” when the “robber barons” and “trusts” ran rampant; when there was a wide disparity between the resources of the majority and that of a small number of elite affluent families; and when the United States became an empire with overseas possessions. All of that was stopped or contained only by those same independent power centers and masses of people united together – all of which effectively doesn’t exist anymore in full enough measure to make a real difference.

It may take more catastrophic events of an economic or natural type for a majority in this country to forsake their illusions, and join together to sweep away what is in essence a plague upon the earth, a monkey on our collective back.

As George Orwell wrote, “During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.”

And we must learn still again the truth that Frederick Douglass knew all too well in his flesh and bones: “Power concedes nothing without a demand… Power concedes nothing without a struggle. Never has, never will.”

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(c) Gregory V Driscoll 2013