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.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Vote Today!

Get out and vote today
Your country needs you right away
Go out and make your choice
Voting is the public’s voice
Don’t act like you’re a fart
Get out there and do your part
Go vote in this election
Your vote determines our direction
Get out and vote today
Your country needs you right away

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Three on Mitt

Mitt Romney says this about Jeep:
US jobs the Chinese will soon reap.
Although it’s a lie it
Might scare some to buy it.
As campaigner, Mitt Romney’s a creep.

Mitt Romney possesses no shame
His campaign’s been a sketchy shell game
He’d say anything
If a vote it would bring
He gives poli-tics a bad name.

I hope after Tuesday we’ll see
No more of Mitt’s face on TV
I hope he’ll live on
In oblivion
And of Mittens we’ll finally be free.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Chris Christie Tells It Like It Is

Several days ago, Chris Christie, Governor of New Jersey and the one-time darling of the right, did what he does best:  He said exactly what he thinks. He heaped praise on President Obama for his efforts in promoting recovery from the devastating effects of hurricane Sandy on New Jersey.   Later, when asked by Fox News whether he’d invite Mitt Romney to tour the worse-areas of the state, he delivered a pretty firm dressing-down to the folks at Fox:

  “I have no idea, nor am I the least bit concerned or interested. I have a job to do here in New Jersey that is much bigger than presidential politics. And I could care less about any of that stuff. I have a job to do. I’ve got 2.4 million people out of power. I’ve got devastation on the shore. I’ve got floods in the Northern parts of my state. If you think right now I give a damn about presidential politics, then you don’t know me.”

This of course has not endeared him to fellow Republicans, but that’s the trouble when you deal with someone who says what he thinks. 

Chris Christie says the Pres is great
He’s helped recovery in his state.
When asked to pose with Mitt a spell
He told Fox News to go to hell.
His words once filled the right with fire
He’s now a GOP pariah. 

Friday, October 26, 2012

New Sununu News

In response to Colin Powell's endorsement of Barack Obama, Romney aide John Sununu suggested that there might be reasons other than "the issues" for the endorsement.  He elaborated, “Well, I think when you have somebody of your own race that you’re proud of being president of the United States, I applaud Colin for standing with him.”

Colin Powell is supporting Barack.
He thinks Mitt has gotten off track.
But Sununu let fly
"That's not really why,
It's only because they're both black."

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

God's Will

In last night’s Indiana Senatorial campaign debate, Republican Richard Mourdock proclaimed

"The only exception I have to have an abortion is in the case of the life of the mother… I struggled with it myself for a long time, but I came to realize life is that gift from God. I think that even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen."

Romney has distanced himself from this remark but continues to support Mourdock. 

If you get pregnant from a rape
For you there’s really no escape
God’s planned this gift of life for you
There’s really nothing you can do
Abortion’s not to be considered
Accept God’s gift – don’t be embittered -
Instead, you should be overawed
Don’t try to thwart the will of God.

That’s what Mourdock has explained
He thinks knows what God’s ordained
Beware the moral he’d instill:
A woman’s pain is just God’s will. 

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Mild-Mannered Mitt

In the debate last night, a new Mitt Romney was on display - a mild-mannered fellow who seemed to agree with the President on most foreign policy issues and who repudiated many of his previous statements. 

Yes, Mr. President, I agree
You're doing it right, it seems to me.
Let's bring the troops home, as fast as we can,
Let's get them all out of Afghanistan.
In most of your policies, I'm with you,
But I'm closer than you to Netanyahu.

It's a brand new Mitt, his views have adjusted -
But in the end, he's not to be trusted.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Mitt's Muddle

The third and last debate’s tonight.
Both candidates are set to fight.
The subject’s foreign policy
And Mitt will try to make us see
Obama’s policies are weak,
Our country’s future’s looking bleak,
Although he’s absolutely no intent
To say what he’d do different.