The Third Conning

by on February 14, 2017 · 4 comments

in Culture, Election, Politics



By Bob Dorn

Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, …

William Butler Yeats “Second Coming

Turning and turning over malls and freeways
The drones outrace their wireless signals;
Houses fall apart; grocery carts are filled with gear;
Mere starvation is loosed on half the world,
While others eat designer foods and
Protest they’re entitled to deny the real.

The best lack spirit, while the worst fill our
Heads with methed-up commentary.
Surely some revelation is at hand;
The Third faux Conning of the land.

The Third! After Ronald’s and Richard’s,
Now it’s Donald’s turn to hail family values
By plumping the sales of his hotel suites
And hawking his only daughter’s bags
He uses Twitter to second guess his god;
Himself, he’s the Lizard of Oz
And hopes to move the Spiritus Mundi,
To a Golf Course here, a tower there.

Somewhere else he’s a swinish shape
With the head of a grapefruit and a gaze of disdain
At those he’s neutralized or stunned to inaction.

His swollen thighs move past his bloated belly
While all about him wheel his human drones
Forced to lie, and then deny
The darkness of power we see more clearly.

Now that Richard is Ronald and Ronald Donald,
A half century later I think I know
What coarse beast slouches toward us
Its 15 minutes of fame about to end.


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CARL ZANOLLI February 14, 2017 at 2:37 pm

Elections have consequences and those persons who decided to lodge a protest vote by casting a ballot for Jill Stein or Gary Johnson ought to consider themselves just as complicit in the creation of this Trump mess brought upon our country as those who voted for the man


Marc Snelling February 14, 2017 at 4:33 pm

Voter turnout was the lowest in twenty years – around 70 million voters did not cast a ballot. Of those who didn’t vote Dem/Repub there is nothing to suggest that their second choice was voting Democrat, and even if they had all the Green votes the Dems would still not have won.


Carl Zanol February 14, 2017 at 5:08 pm

Pure speculation. Facts are sticky things. The facts are that Trump won the presidency by 77,000 votes in MI, PA and WI. . .more than 77,000 people voted for Jill Stein in those three states.


Frank Gormlie February 14, 2017 at 9:00 pm

Let’s not re-litigate the 2016 election. “Nearly 139 million Americans voted this year [2016], according to the United States Elections Project. This sets a new overall record, surpassing the all-time high of 132 million Americans who voted in the 2008 contest between Barack Obama and John McCain.
But that total suggests that only 60% of the country’s 232 million eligible voters actually voted this year. For some Americans, the two names at the top of the 2016 ticket were so unpalatable that they opted not to vote for president at all, instead focusing on down-ballot races.

In 14 states, more people voted in the Senate races than voted for president. The overall results show that nearly 2.4 million people nationwide cast ballots but left the presidential line blank.” Business Insider


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