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Sunday, October 10, 2010


by Anne Davies

It's the mission of snarky John Boehner
Whose intentions couldn't be plainer:
With Republican party connival
Obama's bills are dead on arrival.

In the Senate McConnell's the artisan
Who kills any efforts bipartisan
Threatened by brute opposition
Democracy may die of attrition.

With leaders so flagrant and feral
We ignore their goals at our peril
No time for talk euphemistic
We're in danger of edging fascistic

Though Democrats are a feckless lot
At the moment they're all we've got
Grit your teeth and open your purse
The alternative's immeasurably worse.

Anne Davies is a fund-raising writer by profession and a writer and versifier by avocation. Her work has been published in local and regional papers. She lives in Lexington, Massachusetts.