Unified by national leaders and results-driven storylines, Democrats show up the obstructionist, do-nothing right 

Dems make the future palatable,/ The right twists it intolerable.


Just saying no to abortion, climate, rights, elections, science and compromise augur ill

Surviving conflicted politics
Must surpass soundbite tricks;
Control answers the imperative
Of the stronger party’s narrative.

As storylines inform conviction,
Dispensing truth in fact or fiction,
Will do-nothing obstructionists thrive
With knee-jerk gestures of shuck and jive?

Even Dems falling short as heroes
Still mortify Trumplican zeroes;
The good faith that nurtures the throng
Abashes thugs blind to right and wrong. 

Now at play majority power
When autocrats their rights devour;
What centrists shun positive decisions
Set against bad faith diminutions?

Will election deniers Dems outfox
With blatant, chaotic gridlocks?
What gang that feasts on ruination 
Deserves ruling a troubled nation?

The right’s still trapped in doom and gloom:
“Carnage reigns,” Trumpers whine and fume;
But Dems show things can be done,
Humane new bills fought for – and won. 

Discount age, even personality:
Elections chase possibility.
Dems make the future palatable, 
The right twists it intolerable. 

If voting’s not legitimate,
Worse invades with bitter stalemate;
Regression sounds the right’s gung-ho: 
Affluent lobbyists love cash flow. 

So let us welcome twenty-four,
Confirming the rightwing dinosaur;
Let House Rethugs sneer at gold rings: 
Deliverables deluge do-nothings. 


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For over a decade, Robert S. Becker's independent, rebel-rousing essays on politics and culture analyze overall trends, history, implications, messaging and frameworks. He has been published widely, aside from Nation of Change and RSN, with extensive credits from OpEdNews (as senior editor), Alternet, Salon, Truthdig, Smirking Chimp, Dandelion Salad, Beyond Chron, and the SF Chronicle. Educated at Rutgers College, N.J. (B.A. English) and U.C. Berkeley (Ph.D. English), Becker left university teaching (Northwestern, then U. Chicago) for business, founding SOTA Industries, a top American high end audio company he ran from '80 to '92. From '92-02, he was an anti-gravel mining activist while doing marketing, business and writing consulting. Since then, he seeks out insight, even wit in the shadows, without ideology or righteousness across the current mayhem of American politics.