Thursday, March 17, 2011

So It Goes

[image from slinkingtowardretirement.com]


for the Real Toads prompt:



I see him on the news.
Much has been made
of this upstart politician's
visit to Bahrain.
But when he speaks
to the press,
he doesn't say a word
about Bahrain.
Only points out
his own excellence
at being there
when the current
prime minister
is not.

"I" plan to do this
and this
and this,
not like "Him",
who does not.
For "He" is a liar,
and the third political party
"cant do anything,"
but "I" can,
and will.

I immediately
discard him
as a prospect,
for his
self-aggrandizement,
his sniping
at the other parties,
his aggressive
pandering
for votes.

This all bespeaks
lack of honor
and truth to me.
Simple political
jockeying
for power, and
ambition for self,
rather than
the good
of the country.

It also promises
to provide
yet more fractured
and oppositional politics,
in which nothing good
can happen,
because everyone
is too busy
fighting and scrapping
with each other.

The current government
is right-wing,
political fat cats,
also in it
for power and profit,
great at
skimming off
the gravy.
They use the same
party-speak:
"He" isnt here
for the people,
"He" will tax more.
Blah blah blah.

Tonight's news
involves
a government
cover-up.
Apparently
the current government
has not been
transparent,
has been
suppressing
information
from the taxpayers.

Oh la!
Quel surprise!

The third choice
might actually
do some good,
but support is
now so divided,
it would be
impossible
to vote them
in.

So it goes,
decade
after decade,
the faces change,
but
necessary Change
on the ground
does not.
When money
and power
are the stakes,
apparently
no one
is immune
to abandoning
their lofty
pre-election
philanthropic
principles.

Argh.

1 comment:

  1. So it goes, indeed... and not really confined to any one politician, country or state of governance either. Sad, but true.

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