~ Next to the Last Chance! ~

We get our chance at the polls
If you don't vote, don't complain
This time, to choose who we'll pick
When November comes again.

Some say, “It's the status quo!”
It's just the same old voices
But, if you really think about it
We might clearly have, new choices.

They say, they will change things
They will try to end the War
Or there will be other new fights
Or last, one hundred years or more.

The war on terror might be fought
Against the real terrorists
Instead of going to war someplace
Because it's on, somebody's list.

Our Heroes might be treated right
When they come home, from over there
Promises made, promises kept
And all will get, the best of care.

Torture's not been addressed too much
Waterboarding's a catch word
An Attorney General won't discuss
And that's pretty damned absurd.

Maybe, they'll secure our borders
With some amnesty, or paying fines
Prosecute those who hire them
From all those, day labor, lines.

Children who are left behind
Can all live, with good health
Or everyone could be insured
With the costs, born by our wealth.

The people could be protected
From HMOs, drug companies
Who pick and choose who to treat
And charge as much as they please.

Retirement funds could be safe
SSI might just last awhile
Not put in some private fund
That makes stockbrokers smile.

The Fed and the IRS
Would be a part of our past
End the raping of our Nation
By the corporate/banker caste.

Laws could be made to punish
Those who do white collar crimes
Who lose, waste or spend our money
And make us all fall on hard times.

Lobbyists might be reined in
The People, once more, will rule.
Unless we vote the wrong way
And we elect another fool.

We could quit borrowing money
Just to spend it all overseas
On products that make us sick
From the Communist Chinese.

Our broken FEMA could be fixed
To end our Country's disgrace
That leaves people unprotected
Like those left in Katrina's place.

The FDA might do its job
Or at least give it a try
To make our foods and medicines
Something, that won't make us die.

Maybe the homeless could be housed
Where they could have a bed
And first, we'd take care of our own
So, our hungry might be fed.

They might fight the corporations
(Those few that don't belong)
And the Military complex
Will make us think we're strong.

Alternative fuels for power
Would be good, to get away
From our fix of fossil fuels
But what to do, while Arabs pay.

Global warming taken seriously
Some say, it's no great concern
As the ice melts and temps rise
Might be too late when we burn.

Our Rights might be given back
Our Constitution, once more strong
Those great words not twisted 'round
Until what they mean, are wrong!

Will we realize all these promises
Will any of them come true
We'll never know, unless we vote
For, it's all up to me and you!

Del "Abe" Jones
© 02.01.08



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