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Poetry competition CLOSED 22nd September 2018 5:42am
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In The Oval Office

JAZZMANOR
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Poetry Contest

Historical Subjectivity
Take one President, excluding the current occupant and paint a picture. It can be negative, positive, either or neither. You can use cold hard facts, and/ or feelings. The tendency is to draw narratives that place those we like on a pedestal and those we don't like are made into villains. Where do you fall with your evaluation? It has also been suggested that there is a distinction between the ability to forge a successful campaign and productive governance. What say you? Feel free to mention the current President in connection with the individual you choose just try not dwell on the sitting president. (not meant to be an argument)

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American Royalty


I never voted for any Kennedy.

My judgmental innards, smugly
believed
that perhaps you deserved that bullet, but
I’ve deserved bullets, too.

I stood, knee deep in oceans, praying,
watching search planes and boats
frantic—
looking for your son, when
he perished in the waters
those years ago.

“O Lord, won’t you find him
before
the dollar-eyed scavengers, do?”

And I meant it.

But you—
my disdain became less
upon viewing your belongings
at the museum, cold, foggy
on Boston shores.

A groomed golden-boy
you were, lacking
for naught, but
you would have been happiest
just sailing—

We are all cogs in our fathers’ wheels,
becoming
what they insist.  

JAZZMANOR
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Like the way this is prefaced with the skepticism of the clan in general and the ending.

LobodeSanPedro
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The Bill for those Rights

Dear Sir,

In looking back at the discussion at Monday’s Professional Development there were a number of issues that left me, frustrated, angry and confused.


My confusion lies in our use of the Bill of Rights as a springboard for a discussion on morality and ethics …? At the core of it, we’re talking about a document that was written by a group of murderous, slave owning thugs (aka lawyers) with rules that were written to protect their criminal, and morally devoid enterprises. Is there any wonder why the words “morals” or “ethics” are not to be found anywhere in the Bill of Rights? Nor is there any mention for protections for women or children; or any mention of proper health care, or education for the masses.


As for the issue of slavery not being signed into the Bill; history has repeatedly said Jefferson wanted to include an amendment but he kowtowed to the South.  The southern delegations basically told him, “Look Jeff, we know you’re getting your salad tossed by that Sally Hemmings gal, but don’t fuck with our territory, and how we run it!” (The classic negotiation tactics of gangsters.) So, is it any great wonder that the great majority of the BOR deals with the rights of the accused in criminal activities, and not the fundamental welfare of “the people”?


And while there is no provision for education in the BOR, even at a fundamental level, we as a country must keep “a well-regulated militia”.  With these founding “principles”; there’s no wonder in the fact that this country only spends 2 – 3 % of its’ revenue on education, and some 15 – 20% of its’ budget on the military.  Likewise, since November 2016, the stock value of the three largest U.S. defense contractors has risen by 20 – 80%.  So, while it may be nice to “write a new constitution” that gets rid of assault weapons during a PD, that shit ain’t gonna happen, because we as a country would rather spend money on bombs and bullets, rather than backpacks and books (as written in 1791).


Just needed to vent.
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LobodeSanPedro
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I just read this via another DUP thread, but it's very relevant to this competition ...


https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/30/opinion/race-politics-whiteness.html


Many thanks! to Cold Fusion for sharing this!

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President John Tyler

Tippy canoe and Tyler too
Of all our presidents
This one could drink
By far the most booze
And when it came to sex
He couldn’t be out screwed
He liked to have fun
With girls who were young
Which is why, though he died in 1862
He still has two living grandsons

Before you dismiss me
As a poetic fool
Know what I’ve said
Is absolutely true

https://www.usnews.com/news/us/articles/2017-02-20/president-john-tyler-born-in-1790-still-has-2-living-grandsons
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JAZZMANOR
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Having read Crapol’s biography on Tyler, this read was interesting!

SatInUGal
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(Re-posted in proper entry format below)

RECLAMATION

He writes poems
and builds homes
at the age of
ninety-three

"He's ineffective!"
their invective
was framed as
history

Government will
not be gentle
when politics
are such a dump

Bring back Carter
in a barter
so this bullshit
can be trumped

JAZZMANOR
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Thank you for the words about Carter! Even the harshest presidential historian most likely applauds Carter for all he has done post the Oval Office.

SatInUGal
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You're welcome. Always felt a kinship with him.

SatInUGal
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RECLAMATION

He writes poems
and builds homes
at the age of
ninety-three

"He's ineffective!"
their invective
was framed as
history

Government will
not be gentle
when politics
are such a dump

Bring back Carter
in a barter
so this bullshit
can be trumped
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21st Century Idiocracy

I tend to lean to the left, even though am I righty,
Because the views from the right are too extreme,
Conservatives think they’re in with the Almighty,
But W in the office? It still makes my blood scream.
I mean who puts that guy in the White House?
Oh yeah, never mind, Florida liked to rock the vote,
I’m still a little pissed over those missing ballots,
And with brother as governor, politics are cutthroat.
Not even a year in as prez and he was put to the test,
When evil showed its ugly face on America’s door,
And oddly enough, a lot of it didn’t make sense,
But then we all had a clear reason to go to war.
It felt like a ruse, an excuse to fuel our anger,
A lie to the American people and that was wrong,
“Fool me once, shame on – shame on you, fool me”
Fool! Won’t Get Fooled Again is a Who song!
But I don’t want to go into all the Bushisms,
There’s too many to point out to tear apart,
Maybe it was him, maybe it was his speech writer,
Because from the podium he didn’t sound too smart.
He was the dumbest president this country ever had,
With George W. Bush it all felt like a disaster,
And just when I thought it couldn’t get any worse,
In today’s America, I kind of miss the bastard.

JAZZMANOR
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Bravo! The last two lines sums up the way many feel!

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petri-dishes and pickle-jars

 
 They found him in a pool of someone else's blood  
 
 there was no need for concern  
 
 this was just part of a strctly adhered-to health regimen.  
 
 Dick felt, and still feels, that this bathing technique  
 
 adapted from Hungarian Countess Elizabeth Bathory  
 
 is essential in preserving his "human" biology far past  
 
 it's genetic expiration date.  
 
    The only real diversion from the 17th Century  
 
 recipe is that Dick doesnt immerse himself in Virgin's Blood,  
 
 because, lets face it, where can ya find a Virgin  
 
 in the States these days?  
   
 
    Say what you want about him,  
 
 but the man does Buy American.  
 
 
       Dick isnt sexist like his ancient Transylvanian  
 
  counterpart. The young girls AND boys are thoroughly  
 
  screened for disease of all kinds before their blood is  
 
  drained and properly processed by Haliburton. An ass  
 
  crack staff of skilled plumbers have been hand picked  
 
  by Dick himself for his custom system of source pool, pipes,

  shower and tub.  
 
     This unique apparatus is housed in level seven of the  
 
 former veep's subteranean bunker, just down the hall  
 
 from the stem-cell farm in Room H-3, directly across
 
 from Dick's personally owned Tony Roma's Ribs Franchise.  

    The Organ-Growing Room is located in another wing. It's  
 
   quite large, with dimensions similar to any big-time  
 
   Mid-West High School Gymnasium.  
 
       A tour through this Human Tissued Fountain of Youth is  
 
   quite fascinating. There are sections for every bodily  
 
   sytstem. Numerous Clone's of Dick's Heart, Spleen, Rectum,  
 
   prostate, You Name It, all in various stages of development  
 
   are proudly displayed throughout a labyrinth of petri-dishes  
 
   and pickle-jars.  
 
     It's rumoured that slipping a Twenty to the Security Guard  
 
 on duty will get you an exclusive peek at the actual  
 
 Dick Head.  
 
     Tonight we can all sleep easy knowing that we'll still  
 
  have Dick Cheney to kick around for the rest of our  
 
  natural lifetimes.  
 
 
 
    
 
   
   
    
   
 
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Ah the real brains, along with guys like Karl Rove, behind W. One historian suggested Cheney makes Spiro Agnew look angelic.

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