Old hack Donald lost the farm – but needs a firmer boot

After all, there's no fool’s paradise,/ Unless enough fools gulp bad advice.


Though old hack Donald lost the farm,
Residuals galore still wreak harm;
Militants drunk with violent means
Empower thuggish Congress memes.

Not bad enough: rank denialism:
The latest f+ck-you: stark nihilism;
The uprising at the Capitol,
Mere kickoff to realms diabolical. 

While unteachables are trapped in thrall
Saudis funnel Trump a mighty haul;
Immune to fact and evidence, 
The cult of Trump salutes obstinance.

Past time to charge Inciter-in-chief,
Treasonous, murderous, career thief;
Indictments tho won’t end the fray, 
The fallout ignites a squeeze play.

If Trump’s not charged and tried,
Not just Never Trumpers will be fried;
Yet when the crime boss gets indicted,
His avenging troops will be ignited.

Now all elections suffer this fate – 
Sore losers resort to jackbooted hate?
After all, there’s no fool’s paradise, 
Unless enough fools gulp bad advice

The future augurs permanent strife,
Not even ending with Trump’s life;
Ahead looms but conflicted choices
Absent majority, peaceful voices.

Is this choice by wisdom difficult – 
Lawful justice vs. rank, chaotic cult?
If voters can’t see what’s at play
Batten down for the hell to pay.


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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.