Prose - The Fed

It started with old King George III
Who forbade the printing of currency
The colonies rose in anger
And cried out, “This is larceny!”
They demanded representation
But the bankers in England knew
If the colonies were allowed to print
Their margins would shrink from view
They say the man holding the kite
Blamed the war on this turn of events
It cannot be proven in any way
But it seems to make dollars and sense
Thomas Jefferson said
"Banks are worse than standing armies"
Yet we admire the man in the suit
And forget about civil liberties
But J P didn't care about that
To him liberty was just a promissory
He knew something had to be done
To earn interest on what was illusory
They met on an island off Georgia
With nothing more in mind
But to write a law in secret
And keep the people blind
Throw in a Rockefeller or two
And a politician named Aldrich
You marry their progeny
And there goes the Republic
A friend of a friend back in '07
Whispered loudly about a nasty rumor
Everyone ran to Stewart's bank
And this time gave their money to Potter
But the boys on the island
Were no mere prophets
They held the lever
And knew all the secrets
The boys bought their man
And Aldrich said, “We must act!”
The Trojan horse had been swallowed
And the truth, history would redact
They never lose
It’s only a matter of time
And soon Wilson emerged
And signed on the dotted line
Our elected officials
Sold our vote
Now they give speeches
While usury fills the boat
And when Kucinich and Paul speak
The bankers sneer at their crazy words
But deep down inside is fear
Because it may rouse the herds
We are too small to be cared about
And they are too big to fail
But if we stand together
Maybe they will hear Gabriel’s wail
The Fed was born and the rest is history
The stars and stripes have faded from view
We occupy a curb waving a green flag
Because money is not red, white or blue

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chrisam01 5 years ago from Los Angeles, California, USA

I love all the allusions and historical/current events woven into this piece. It’s awesome and clever. Voted up!


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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@chrisam01 - thank you! I saw a video today about the $7.7 Trillion loan given to the banks back in 2008 and it got on my nerves....


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Imogen French 5 years ago from Southwest England

Great poem - I like your point about standing together!

We get fed up with the banking system in England too - I've just been reading about a new project which might have some of the answers, see http://lawfulbank.com/

I don't know if they'll pull it off, but at least somebody's trying!


PenMePretty 5 years ago from Franklin

Voted up! Creative! Good work! We'll stand together!


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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@Imogen French - Thank you. Standing together is all we can do but I think they count on the fact that we never do. We don't vote in mass. We are easily distracted by our own selfish desires so they win. I'll try to read your link.

@PenMePretty - Thank you. Maybe this bailout is the reason for the Occupiers....


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pmccray 5 years ago from Utah

I love this. Voted up, marked useful, beautiful and interesting


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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

Hey pmccray! Thank you AGAIN. You are way too cool and good to me....


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Scarface1300 5 years ago

If a single chinese person jumped off a chair it would have little effect but if every person in China jumped off a chair the results would be Catastrophic i/e Easrthquake, Tsunami.... Mind you it would have to be one big chair LOL!

People power can be a pretty epic force. Loved this piece and I agree if people stand together things get done........Chris


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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@Scarface1300 - I'd like to see a chair that big that would start an earthquake... but I've also heard (which I used for a hub) that it only takes a butterfly flapping it's wings to cause a hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico.... I wish we could truly band together. It is an interesting psychological pheonomenum that the would-be beneficiaries of the Occupy Movement are probably tired of them. We have a short attention span and are easily annoyed.... Thanks for commenting man...


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Teylina 4 years ago

Awesome! Got to pass this on to quite a few people I know who would appreciate this. And me? I like the last 2-3 lines!


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The Suburban Poet 4 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@Teylina - glad you liked it... I had a good time writing it for some reason (boy do I sound boring)... I've always been interested in the concept of the money supply and how the wealthiest among us control things.


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chrisam01 4 years ago from Los Angeles, California, USA

Haha! At least it inspired you to write an awesome hub for us. Keep watching those videos :)

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