The poet William Stafford set himself the task of writing a poem a day. When someone asked him what he would do when his poem-of-the-day wasn't very good, he replied "I simply lower my standards." In order to increase output, the bar here is set at a low level - the point of this is to have some fun with current events and politics. I welcome contributions and comments. Now you can also follow Doggerelo on Twitter (@doggerelo). Because of continuing medical problems, I'm no longer able to post a poem-a-day. I'll continue to post poems, but at a reduced frequency, so please stay tuned.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Obama the Divider

Republican Vice-Presidential prospect Marco Rubio recently declared that Barack Obama  is “one of the most divisive presidents in American history” and that  “we have not seen such a divisive figure in modern American history”.  He’s apparently forgotten that Republicans actually impeached Bill Clinton.  He’s also unaware that George W. Bush holds 6 of the top 10 spots in Gallup’s annual list of the most polarizing Presidents. Even more importantly, he fails to recognize that the divisions in our nation stem in large part from the dishonest language used by Republicans to characterize Obama and his programs, of which Rubio’s comments are just a mild example.   [poetic  form:  Minute Poem]

Obama tears the nation’s heart.
It splits apart
At left-right seams
Into extremes.

The hateful words that make us numb -
They’re coming from

But who’s the Pres that split us most
From coast to coast?
Most folks would push
George Dubya Bush!

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