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A Song For Our Political and Social Era

In the politics game, there are many to blame

And sometimes up is down

You might win for a while and risk a smile

But you’re always preparing to frown

Over all the years, the laughter and tears

You keep on hearing this chant,

“If you’re a Republican, you can do it,

If you’re a Democrat, you can’t”

So Thomas and Kavanaugh are both on the Court

But Cuomo and Franken are not

They were both thrown out of their elected jobs

And didn’t get the hearings they sought

But Matt Gaetz is doing well, and will show and tell

Of his conquests and photographs

When the Democrats say that he has to pay,

The Republicans point and laugh

They harass and rape, but even caught on tape

They just say it’s a hoax and a lie

For you, allegations subsume explanations,

And your own side will take up the cry

“He must resign, should be charged with a crime,”

They’ll threaten and urge and chant

“If you’re a Republican you can do it,

If you’re a Democrat, you can’t”

Your side says, “Me too,” their side says, “It’s you!”

As they try to fix all the elections

You want to make sure that you always are pure

And can give all the moral directions

You stand for morality, they stand for venality

But no matter how you rant

If you’re a Republican, you get away with it

If you’re a Democrat, you can’t


At the end of time, all of them made their climb

To petition at heaven’s gate

The pure ones expected they’d now be elected

And they’d cringe at their enemies’ fate

But the gatekeeper spoke, “Here’s the jest and the joke,

You can sing and recite and chant,

But Republicans can all get in, and the Democrats simply can’t.”

“Whether it’s sex, or bouncing checks, there’s a double standard here

You can cry and moan, and destroy your own

But they won’t even spare you a tear

And all of your virtue will only just hurt you

As your enemies mock and sneer

And they’re your own rules, you misguided fools,

You’re the ones who invented this cant,”

“If you’re a Republican you can do it,

If you’re a Democrat, you can’t.”

2 Responses

  1. I love that. It’s so true. But I think that is because we hold ourselves to some standards and require accountability.
    No human is perfect. People in power make bad decisions or behave badly or break the law. To some, power is intoxicating and drives this behavior. Yes, it happens on both sides.
    BUT accountability happens on only ONE side. That’s not a bug, it’s a feature. Every voter should ask themselves: does my party have checks on bad behavior? Do they follow up accusations with investigations? Are there consequences for bad behavior? If the answer is “no”, then you have to wonder why anyone would vote for that party. The voter in that case is guaranteeing that their politician is going to screw them over someday because there is nothing to stop them.
    I don’t know enough about Andrew Cuomo. But if the investigation has been thorough and he broke the law and there are witnesses, he should resign.
    It’s a bit different with Al Franken. I really feel he was railroaded. As far as I know, he didn’t break any laws and he didn’t hide anything he did as a performer or practical joker. Censure should have been enough.
    But in both cases, accountability was required.
    It seems unfair because only one party is doing it. To me, it means we have more people of integrity and character and that’s not a bad thing.

  2. Thanks, RD! Yes, i would not want to just defend Cuomo’s behavior, but i think that much of it is not as awful as the media and Letitia James want to make it. I have had various men, attorneys or whoever, poke me in the back on elevators in courthouses, to get my attention, or as a joke. There is some nerve there on the spine, that if it gets poked, you will feel it for ten minutes or so. So it is irritating. i have had women insist on asking me for a hug in the hallways of courts; these were not attorneys but ancillary figures.There was a secretary actually someone who was in the process of passing the Bar, who did all the administrative work in a small firm, who would ask for hugs, and she was interested in me. i didn’t want to, but i would give a quick hug. i know this is all different, because of power, etc. But they seemed to go far and wide to come up with eleven women in about eight years of his being governor.

    is Gianforte, the one who punched a reporter, still governor of Montana? i was thinking the other day, not related to this, that i wish we had more “tough Democrats” to stand up to the bully boy Republicans. i thought of FDR, or maybe JFK, who of course also had personal issues. Cuomo is, for his flaws, someone who stood up to Trump, who hated him for it. There are Republicans all over the place who do worse than what Cuomo is accused of, and nothing happens to them, and they do not care a bit, nor do their voters.

    Cuomo will be forced to resign, or be impeached; it is rather amazing how this process is so sped up when it is a Democrat involved. With Republicans, it just goes away over time, and they stay in office. I do not know all the facts, but i don’t think anyone accused Cuomo of extorting sexual favors, or even having affairs with subordinates. it seems mostly to have been a kind of arrogance, maybe an “alpha male” kind of behavior, but usually comparatively harmless. The one exception would be the fondling of a woman’s breast; if it happened, that is completely unacceptable. But who knows for sure what happened? And of course Franken was forced to resign for what apparently were, according to Jane Mayer, specious allegations, essentially lies. it sort of all blends together; and we lose people who interestingly enough, were ones who forcefully stood up to Republicans,and were not meek or tentative about it.. Somehow we are dong this wrong, though how to do it right is open to debate. Republicans, who always see things in coldly pragmatic, not moral, terms, just think, “Another Dem bites the dust.”

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