Poem - Another Election

Another Election

A union far from perfect
Muting mooting our voices
The process is democratic
Yet we have no choices
They give us our daily bread
With smiles and assurance
Only needing to be fed
We demand nothing of substance
No honesty; no character
We live with eyes shut
Pretending to help us
Instead they steal our wallet
Did your side win?
I don't have a side
I just sat and shrugged
While they talked and lied

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suziecat7 6 years ago from Asheville, NC

What you say is true but I do believe we get what we deserve. We vote in the status quo never opting for true change. We do live with our eyes shut. Nice poem.

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The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

Here in Texas all Rick Perry has to say is "Secede!" and people go "Hell Yeah!" It's incredible what resonates with people....

Thanks for commenting suzie....

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Micky Dee 6 years ago

I did the chicken dance on your buttons and then I did the tango! It's a four star production at least! God bless you and you are 100% correct. I have no dog at all in this fight and I vote NO. I will not choose the choice they have made for me. They are lawyers most everyone and NEVER have run a court system right and they never will. I only have 200 years of proof. Both parties are bought. If you have the money to buy one party- why stop there! God bless you for truth!

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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

So right, and you got it,Beautiful!

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Jeremey 6 years ago from Arizona

I admire your ability to bring a point about in so few words tugging at the strings of truth that so many others, such as myself, couldn't express in encyclopedic form!

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The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

Micky, pretty and Jeremey... First I thank each of you once again for your kind words.

I know I'm not alone in my frustrations over what passes for leadership in this country. I'm not sure who they are reaching but it's not reaching me. Sometimes I understand why Thoreau checked out. I don't consider myself to be some superior intellectual but the political ads are so transparent in their pleas of patriotism and accusations of evil from the other side. It stinks...

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Alternative Prime 6 years ago from > California

Very well said,

I think you captured the true sentiment of so many in such a brief writing.

Alternative Prime

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The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

Alternative Prime,

Thank you for commenting... I realized it is not a new topic or sentiment so I punched through all the analysis and just declared my feeling on the matter....

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b. Malin 6 years ago

But hopefully YOU VOTED...I'd still like to think (in this crazy world of ours today) that my vote counted. I'm a conservative in my thinking...Don't spend what I don't have...and want my government to do the same...I LOVE my country and all the Freedoms that enrich our lives...Thanks for a well written Hub!

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The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

Yes.... I'm like you in that I'd like to think my vote counts.... I'm just referring to the endless ads and attacks. I was upset that Rick Perry refused to debate Bill White (governor's race in Texas) because he knew it would possibly make him look bad so he basically deprived us the opportunity to question him....

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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS

Yes they all lie. They've either learned how to BS & PR from the pros or they've taught the pros how. And we've allowed it to sell us everything from dangerous empty calories in Cokes to dangerous carcinogens in tobacco to dangerous toys for the kids to unneeded meds to dangerous "cosmetic" surgeries and artificial everything from food to Christmas trees. But if we don't want to lose whatever democracy & freedoms we have, we must USE and assert them. We can't just sit back, cluck and sigh, though the discouragement is palatable. But discouragement is the major player on the "other" side of anything in life. A non-vote is just that. NON. We can't afford to be non-entities, now more than ever. "They" win if we don't assert ourselves. And whatever we think of "them" now, just wait till we've totally given up trying and see what "they" will become.

And I so agree with you about Rick Perry. What a disappointment. But that's Texas for you. It's my native land and I love it - but when it's wrong, it's no more wishy-washy about being wrong than it is about everything else. And these days. . . . . ! Why on earth is there no limit on reelection of governors like there is on presidents?

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The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas Author


Thank you once again for the thoughtful response. It's hard to sit here and live as a sheep (though I enjoy the company of sheep!). I don't want to defeat them at their game because then I become the monster that I am fighting. We must continue to assert ourselves with truth and dignity and hope that the "trickle" of our efforts will not go down but raise all the boats of humanity.

I do not wish to paint myself as a Democrat or a Republican and I took that chance by mentioning Rick Perry but it was the clearest example in my mind of the current state of affairs: his arrogance is incredible and yet he won easily....

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Micky Dee 6 years ago

I will not vote for evil. There should be a BOTH CANDIDATES ARE UNSUITABLE vote!

These "parties" do not and have not proven to me worthy of my vote. Neither makes me believe they are not in UNISON!

These parties do not, will not include "third parties" in debates. Both parties want to exclude democracy.

For people to continue this voting facade when EVIL is not defined is just folly.

America- quit voting for lawyers! That is a clue right there. They have never in 200 years run their court system or defended the Constitution. Evidence? There is 200 years worth. Today, in NC, the states injustice system is again under scrutiny. Sand on the beach.

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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS

Micky - I saw a news feature of a man who had a sign printed up to put in his yard to that exact effect - that both parties are wrong.

Another distressing thing involves a democratic principle that the majority wins and gets to rule while "in". - The city of Dallas voted overwhelmingly for legalizing the regulated sale of alcohol in all precincts. As it is now, some are and some are not. This does not stop buying or use of alcohol, obviously, it is just inconsistent and silly, as though laws could regulate people's personal choices - any more than Prohibition did. I don't care personally but if I want to serve some wine with a good meal, it's silly to have to drive over the "line" to the adjoining precinct, where the liquor stores are lined up & monopolizing the area. So what happened? The vote was loudly YES, but I was out and about in the car Wednesday when the City Council was in session and heard the discussion on the radio - they were trying as individuals to overturn the vote and get it left "as is". It was like snubbing their noses at the voice of the voters, - not too unlike the way the losers acted when the current president won the election.

The SPIRIT of Democracy seems dangerously close to being snuffed out when losers can literally bully the winners and then claim that the winners are not effective without really giving them a chance. As if the real opponents were not hard enough to deal with, an elected official must battle our own citizens who failed to win.

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The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas Author


We're on the same page... I have always believed it is as you say: they work in unison. They throw the issues of gay rights, affirmative action and abortion to us sheep to fight over like dogs so as to take our eye off the ball: MONEY... they don't care about those issues because elites are not bound by these things: they can have sex with whom they want; get a job; get an abortion... it's all a smoke screen... I know there are politicians arguing these things in good faith but nothing changes....

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The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas Author


It seems that votes are overturned in court and court rulings are overturned by votes.

I lived in Dallas for 12 years so I am quite familiar with the difficulties of getting that bottle of wine. I remember having to purchase a "membership" to be able to drink at restaurants. All I can think is that the status-quo benefits a certain group and change will cut them out. It's that simple so they balk and fight and wear us down....

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