Citizens United

An old one, 2010, way back. Worth another listen.

How much is that judgeship in the window?
The one with the balancing scale
How much is that judgeship in the window?
I do hope that judgeship’s for sale

I believe all corporations were created as a prequel
To the leadership of those too big to fail
And when we have alighted in the Congress and been knighted
Not that we were invited and our love is not requited
To make up for that we call ourselves Citizens United

They say dollars and democracy don’t mix
One swallows the other – guess which
I’m accused of gaming the system
You’re just blaming the victimizer
‘Cause money is speech, oh yes lots of it
A vote is fine but money is above it
Buying elections, you gotta love it
money wins every time, it’s no crime

Don’t donate to a candidate, that would be too brash
The chamber of commerce will redeploy your cash
Make creative use of intermediaries
Launder your cash, to keep elections clean
A rising tide lifts all votes
Some a little higher so they stay afloat
Every politician has his or her price
Who’s to decide if that is or isn’t nice?

I’m an innovator, I’m on the cutting edge
If things need improvement I just buy a new ledge
-islature, a rose by any nomenclature
Is still a rose it’s just the one I impose

Don’t be shy with the corporate cash
Democracy’s a billion dollar bash
Though they say corporate government is fash….ism
That can’t happen here.
Maybe in Germany or Italy but never here at home
Where the people all have health care and the buffalo still roam
Yeah!….

The sky’s the limit, my guy’s gonna win it, power? He’ll be at its hub
To prepare for his election he’s puttin’ in his hours at the country club
If you miss me at the voting booth
You can’t find me there
Come on over to the ad agency
I’ll be buyin it there

I’ll be buyin it there, I’ll be buyin it there
Come on over to the TV studio
I’ll be buyin it there
All you fools are my tools, I’ve seen to that
Through sub-standard schools and media that
I won’t mention, and I didn’t
You didn’t hear it, you were never here

You know democracy is not so much about what you do
It’s about what you choose on pay per view
Remember corporations are people too
A major donor is a system owner
And when we have alighted in the Congress and been knighted
Not that we were invited and our love is not requited
To make up for that we call ourselves Citizens United

We Shall Not Be Moved – Chanukah

Islamophobia is a trick, Black lives do matter, and water is life.

They say Islam is frightening
We shall not be moved
Solidarity is heightening
We shall not be moved
That’s why we’re standing in the streets
This Chanukah
We shall not be moved

Trump has brought us hate crime
We shall not be moved
It’s stand up for your neighbor time
We shall not be moved
That’s why we’re standing in the streets
This Chanukah
We shall not be moved

They say Black lives don’t matter
We shall not be moved
Our support they cannot shatter
We shall not be moved
That’s why we’re standing in the streets
This Chanukah
We shall not be moved

Stand for justice, have some spine
We shall not be moved
Equal rights for Palestine
We shall not be moved
That’s why we’re standing in the streets
This Chanukah
We shall not be moved

Refugees are welcome here
We shall not be moved
It’s our own leaders we should fear
We shall not be moved
That’s why we’re standing in the streets
This Chanukah
We shall not be moved

We’re standing here for Standing Rock
We shall not be moved
Pipeline construction we must block
We shall not be moved
That’s why we’re standing in the streets
This Chanukah
We shall not be moved

We Will Not Be Silent

Islamophobia, Afro-phobia,
refugee-phobia goes nowhere
Every time they try to
Make us buy into
Kickin’ our neighbors all over the place

We will not be silent
We will not be silent

Study history now, gotta be
Shouting in the street,
Gonna take on the hate today
You got blood on your hands
So our demand’s
No more profiling together we stand

We will not be silent
We will not be silent

Now we’re all standing up
For the Sioux at Standing Rock
Everybody knows that water is life
It’s your dirty pipeline
Against our lifeline
Use solar and wind what’s the matter with you?

We will not be silent
We will not be silent

Friend of the Fetus

Given the ongoing onslaught – expected to ramp up further – against reproductive rights, it’s time to revive Carole Rose Livingston’s classic, which I recorded in 1991.

I am no friend to the fathers and mothers
And I am no friend to the sisters and brothers
And I am no friend to the weak and distressed
And I am no friend to the poor and oppressed, but
I’m a friend of the fetus
A friend of incomparable worth
I’m a friend of the fetus
Right up to the moment of birth

Once it’s a baby I will not go near it
I will not feed it and I will not rear it
And when it is crying I won’t even hear it
For I have no room in my heart for a human, but

Chorus

I will not care for it, I won’t be there for it
I will not weep for it, I won’t lose sleep for it
I’ll back away from it, I won’t go gray from it
I will not pray for it, and I won’t pay for it, but

Chorus

When the 99 Go Marchin’ In – Part 1

Here we saunter through a survey of segues – anyway, the 17 issues from Bernie’s platform, rhymed up, to consider again as we enter the dismal swamp of the election. Eyes on the prize, peeps. This is part one (of two – so I guess there’s 8.5 issues in this one….approx….)