“The Lifer” a poem by the Bard of Murdock

While many pay tribute to America’s longest serving Congressman, John Dingle, The Bard of Murdock has some different thoughts. This poem was originally published on Sunday, June 9, 2013. As always,  please be sure to read the article linked by the Bard before reading the poem.

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The Lifer

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While others pause to praise the man
Who’s given sixty years,
We might recall what he has wrought
Before we join the cheers.
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An advocate for government,
With bureaucratic heart,
In every regulation passed
Our John has played a part.
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The EPA, the FDA,
And now Obamacare!
For every bit of overreach
Our Dingell has been there.
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And how he prospers through the years

While moving up in rank;
The latest calculations show
Five million in the bank.
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For us, the hand of government.
For him, a fortune gained.
Forgive me if my accolades
Might seem a bit restrained.
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While Johnny pauses to reflect
And hear his life acclaimed,
For what he’s done with sixty years
He ought to be ashamed.
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My goal is to produce poetical cartoons. I try to use metaphors and caricatures (or a politician’s own words) to address complex political and social situations. In this way, I sum up current events in humorous verse.
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One thought on ““The Lifer” a poem by the Bard of Murdock

  1. Not only that, but

    He was sworn in on Dec. 14, 1955, after winning a special election to fill the seat his father had held for more than two decades.

    Don’t hereditary positions in Government make you feel warm and fuzzy all over? Wait — that’s probably just a fever; chills to follow.

    Dan

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