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Bradley_A_Peraino
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10/21/2011 9:45:19 AM
Posted: 5 years ago
I thought it would be interesting to start a "rant" of poltical poetry. I don't care what your political affiliation is, as long as you bring your art. Some poems may spark debate, others may not. All I ask is that every poem have some political base. I hope to see some good posts. Since I started this forum, I suppose I'll post first, aye?

Okay, keeping with my rant theme; this one is sort of a poetic rant:

Our country

Decisions made without my say. Crime,
corruption, the American way! Cynicism
in my ear. Democrats! Political fear.
Terrorism, sleepless nights. Organized religion.
The Bill of Rights. Jesus Christ; free of sin.
A folded flag. The next of kin. Teachers falter,
parents fail. No education. Time in jail.
Outrageous fuel; five bucks a gallon.
Raped and gouged by the eagle's talon.
Heath insurance, Medicare, Social Security
will not be there. Jobless, homeless. Prescription
drugs! Geriatrics. Corporate thugs. Reign of
power! Do we dare? Peace time, war time.
Nuclear scare. United we stand! Divided we fall.
What happens with no action at all?

by Bradley A. Peraino
http://perainopoetry.blogspot.com...
Bradley_A_Peraino
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10/23/2011 10:56:39 AM
Posted: 5 years ago
I guess I will post another political rant ( don't worry, not all of my poems are rants):

Bitter veteran

Ill advised. Ill informed.
Politicians… soldier scorned.
The T.V. truth. The real life lies.
More medical bills. No surprise.
G.I. Bill? There is no use.
Only mental illness and drug abuse.
Fallen comrades, but not in war.
American soldier or America's whore?
Love and honor. Discontent.
Loyalty. Duty. No money for rent.
A broken body. A soldier's pride.
A playing of taps. One more just died.

by Bradley A. Peraino
http://perainopoetry.blogspot.com...
seraine
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10/23/2011 8:49:52 PM
Posted: 5 years ago
At 10/21/2011 9:45:19 AM, Bradley_A_Peraino wrote:
I thought it would be interesting to start a "rant" of poltical poetry. I don't care what your political affiliation is, as long as you bring your art. Some poems may spark debate, others may not. All I ask is that every poem have some political base. I hope to see some good posts. Since I started this forum, I suppose I'll post first, aye?

Okay, keeping with my rant theme; this one is sort of a poetic rant:


Our country

Decisions made without my say. Crime,
corruption, the American way! Cynicism
in my ear. Democrats! Political fear.
Terrorism, sleepless nights. Organized religion.
The Bill of Rights. Jesus Christ; free of sin.
A folded flag. The next of kin. Teachers falter,
parents fail. No education. Time in jail.
Outrageous fuel; five bucks a gallon.
Raped and gouged by the eagle's talon.
Heath insurance, Medicare, Social Security
will not be there. Jobless, homeless. Prescription
drugs! Geriatrics. Corporate thugs. Reign of
power! Do we dare? Peace time, war time.
Nuclear scare. United we stand! Divided we fall.
What happens with no action at all?

by Bradley A. Peraino
http://perainopoetry.blogspot.com...

You're mad at the government because they aren't meddling with supply and demand?
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10/23/2011 9:27:08 PM
Posted: 5 years ago
I can't find a full version of this poem, but this is a shortened version of it: "Pickup Line Protest," by George Watsky (one of my favorite poets).
Think'st thou heaven is such a glorious thing?
I tell thee, 'tis not half so fair as thou
Or any man that breathes on earth.

- Christopher Marlowe, Doctor Faustus
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10/23/2011 9:31:36 PM
Posted: 5 years ago
At 10/23/2011 9:27:08 PM, DetectableNinja wrote:
I can't find a full version of this poem, but this is a shortened version of it: "Pickup Line Protest," by George Watsky (one of my favorite poets).



Sorry. I just realized I was supposed to post my OWN poetry. Lol.

The only poem I have really isn't a direct political rant--it's more like a very subtle analogy.
Think'st thou heaven is such a glorious thing?
I tell thee, 'tis not half so fair as thou
Or any man that breathes on earth.

- Christopher Marlowe, Doctor Faustus
Bradley_A_Peraino
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10/24/2011 7:40:08 AM
Posted: 5 years ago
At 10/23/2011 8:49:52 PM, seraine wrote:
At 10/21/2011 9:45:19 AM, Bradley_A_Peraino wrote:
I thought it would be interesting to start a "rant" of poltical poetry. I don't care what your political affiliation is, as long as you bring your art. Some poems may spark debate, others may not. All I ask is that every poem have some political base. I hope to see some good posts. Since I started this forum, I suppose I'll post first, aye?

Okay, keeping with my rant theme; this one is sort of a poetic rant:


Our country

Decisions made without my say. Crime,
corruption, the American way! Cynicism
in my ear. Democrats! Political fear.
Terrorism, sleepless nights. Organized religion.
The Bill of Rights. Jesus Christ; free of sin.
A folded flag. The next of kin. Teachers falter,
parents fail. No education. Time in jail.
Outrageous fuel; five bucks a gallon.
Raped and gouged by the eagle's talon.
Heath insurance, Medicare, Social Security
will not be there. Jobless, homeless. Prescription
drugs! Geriatrics. Corporate thugs. Reign of
power! Do we dare? Peace time, war time.
Nuclear scare. United we stand! Divided we fall.
What happens with no action at all?

by Bradley A. Peraino
http://perainopoetry.blogspot.com...

You're mad at the government because they aren't meddling with supply and demand?

Actually, I was referring to quantitative easing. Quantitative easing is when the federal government artificially raises or keeps the price of fuel high so that oil companies (mainly those in countries that belong to OPEC) won't lose money in times of low demand, or in other words in times of low oil prices. When a company buys oil at a higher price, then the price of oil drops; they can't compete with prices or they'll lose money. Is that supply and demand? Any more questions?
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10/24/2011 7:42:36 AM
Posted: 5 years ago
At 10/23/2011 9:31:36 PM, DetectableNinja wrote:
At 10/23/2011 9:27:08 PM, DetectableNinja wrote:
I can't find a full version of this poem, but this is a shortened version of it: "Pickup Line Protest," by George Watsky (one of my favorite poets).



Sorry. I just realized I was supposed to post my OWN poetry. Lol.

The only poem I have really isn't a direct political rant--it's more like a very subtle analogy.

Does it have a political theme? It doesn't have to be a rant. As a matter of fact, I will be posting one soon that is just a "normal" poem. As long as it deals with something political, it is welcome here!
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10/26/2011 7:48:19 AM
Posted: 5 years ago
River of lies

O' how do we stem this river of lies that has wound its way through our land? It is far passed the time for America's proud to revolt and take a hard stand.

No more should we listen to liberal bias that has plagued the waves of T.V. Do your own research; as Glenn Beck would say, "don't simply take it from me".

The same should be true of conservative voices; especially those in D.C. To the House and the Senate; and oh, Mr. President… I was blind but, now I do see!

How do we thwart incumbent corruption when the media's not on our side? It's easy, we learn and gracefully protest; don't let these people tuck tail and hide.

The time has now come for a government cleansing. The Constitution is under attack. The needs of the many, as it has been said, it's time to take our country back

To those who wish to counter my views, you're covered by the right of free speech. Just do so with honor and be brutally honest. To you, this I do beseech.

Once again, stand united; let Old Glory fly! Let's get this country back on its track. And, remember to honor those who defend it. Especially those who don't make it back.

by Bradley A. Peraino
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10/26/2011 7:59:17 PM
Posted: 5 years ago
"Characters in Revolt," by Weston R*****

Are you tired
of your story being told
for you?

I know
that some of you
are:

All the Wolves
out there,
so tired of the Narrator
dubbing you
Big Bad.

All the Damsels
out there,
so tired of the Narrator
making you
helpless.

All the Princes
out there,
so tired of the Narrator
robbing you
of your femininity.

All the Witches
out there,
so tired of the Narrator
describing you
as ugly and evil.

All of you
out there,
who are tired of the Narrator,
stand by me!

We will say, Down with Once Upon a Time!
We will say, Down with Happy Ever After!
We will write our own stories!
We will bring down the Narrator!

But most of all,
we will
be

free!
Think'st thou heaven is such a glorious thing?
I tell thee, 'tis not half so fair as thou
Or any man that breathes on earth.

- Christopher Marlowe, Doctor Faustus
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10/26/2011 8:06:29 PM
Posted: 5 years ago
"We must raise the standard of the Old, free, decentralized, and strictly limited Republic."
-- Murray Rothbard

"The worst thing that can happen to a good cause is, not to be skillfully attacked, but to be ineptly defended."
-- Frederic Bastiat
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10/27/2011 9:25:43 PM
Posted: 5 years ago
At 10/24/2011 7:40:08 AM, Bradley_A_Peraino wrote:
At 10/23/2011 8:49:52 PM, seraine wrote:
At 10/21/2011 9:45:19 AM, Bradley_A_Peraino wrote:
I thought it would be interesting to start a "rant" of poltical poetry. I don't care what your political affiliation is, as long as you bring your art. Some poems may spark debate, others may not. All I ask is that every poem have some political base. I hope to see some good posts. Since I started this forum, I suppose I'll post first, aye?

Okay, keeping with my rant theme; this one is sort of a poetic rant:


Our country

Decisions made without my say. Crime,
corruption, the American way! Cynicism
in my ear. Democrats! Political fear.
Terrorism, sleepless nights. Organized religion.
The Bill of Rights. Jesus Christ; free of sin.
A folded flag. The next of kin. Teachers falter,
parents fail. No education. Time in jail.
Outrageous fuel; five bucks a gallon.
Raped and gouged by the eagle's talon.
Heath insurance, Medicare, Social Security
will not be there. Jobless, homeless. Prescription
drugs! Geriatrics. Corporate thugs. Reign of
power! Do we dare? Peace time, war time.
Nuclear scare. United we stand! Divided we fall.
What happens with no action at all?

by Bradley A. Peraino
http://perainopoetry.blogspot.com...

You're mad at the government because they aren't meddling with supply and demand?

Actually, I was referring to quantitative easing. Quantitative easing is when the federal government artificially raises or keeps the price of fuel high so that oil companies (mainly those in countries that belong to OPEC) won't lose money in times of low demand, or in other words in times of low oil prices. When a company buys oil at a higher price, then the price of oil drops; they can't compete with prices or they'll lose money. Is that supply and demand? Any more questions?

I honestly did not know that. Thank you for enlightening me.
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10/28/2011 6:30:54 PM
Posted: 5 years ago
The Veteran

A protest raged on a courthouse lawn,

round a makeshift stage they charged on.

Fifteen hundred or more they say,

had come to burn the Flag that day.

A boy held up the folded Flag,

cursed it and called it a dirty rag.

A man pushed through the angry crowd,

with an old gun shouldered proud.

His uniform jacket was old and tight,

he had polished each button, shiny and bright.

He crossed the stage with military grace,

until he and the boy stood face to face.

Then the old man broke the silence.

"Freedom of speech, is worth dying for,

Good men are gone, they live no more.

All so you can stand on this courthouse lawn,

and ramble on from dusk to dawn.

But before the Flag gets burned today,

this old veteran is going to have his say.

My father died on a foreign shore,

in a war they said would end all wars.

Tommy and I weren't even full grown,

before we fought in a war of our own.

Tommy died on Iwo Jima's beach,

in the shadow of a hill he couldn't reach.

Where five good men raised this Flag so high,

that the whole world could see it fly.

I got this bum leg that I still drag,

fighting for this same old Flag.

There's but one shot in this old gun,

so now it's time to decide which one.

Which one of you will follow our lead,

to stand and die for what you believe?"

The boy who had called it a dirty rag,

handed the veteran the folded Flag.

The crowd got quiet as they walked away,

to talk about what they heard that day.

So the battle for the Flag this day was won,

by a loyal veteran with a single gun.

Who for one last time, had to show to some,

That these colors will never, never run.

It is the veteran, not the preacher,

who has given us freedom of religion.

It is the veteran, not the reporter,

who has given us freedom of the press.

It is the veteran, not the poet,

who has given us freedom of speech.

It is the veteran, not the campus organizer,

who has given us freedom to assemble.

It is the veteran, not the lawyer,

who has given us the right to a fair trial.

It is the veteran, not the politician,

Who has given us the right to vote.

It is the veteran, who salutes the Flag,

who serves under the Flag,

whose coffin is draped by the Flag.

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NOTE: I didn't write this poem, I just thought that it deserved to be here.
Because you said it was a waste, numb nuts. - Drafter

So fvck you. :) - TV

Use prima facie correctly or not at all. - Noumena
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10/28/2011 7:52:59 PM
Posted: 5 years ago
At 10/28/2011 6:30:54 PM, blackhawk1331 wrote:
The Veteran



A protest raged on a courthouse lawn,

round a makeshift stage they charged on.

Fifteen hundred or more they say,

NOTE: I didn't write this poem, I just thought that it deserved to be here.

Okay, that is fine but, could you please (if you can) give credit to the poet who did write it? Its good, they deserve at least that.
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10/29/2011 9:10:01 PM
Posted: 5 years ago
At 10/28/2011 7:52:59 PM, Bradley_A_Peraino wrote:
At 10/28/2011 6:30:54 PM, blackhawk1331 wrote:
The Veteran



A protest raged on a courthouse lawn,

round a makeshift stage they charged on.

Fifteen hundred or more they say,

NOTE: I didn't write this poem, I just thought that it deserved to be here.

Okay, that is fine but, could you please (if you can) give credit to the poet who did write it? Its good, they deserve at least that.

If I can find out who the author is, I will. I saw the last part of this on a shirt when I was in Gettysburg. It's been one of my favorite poems since then.
Because you said it was a waste, numb nuts. - Drafter

So fvck you. :) - TV

Use prima facie correctly or not at all. - Noumena
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10/29/2011 9:19:58 PM
Posted: 5 years ago
I just checked for the author and the best I can find, unfortunately, is unknown.
Because you said it was a waste, numb nuts. - Drafter

So fvck you. :) - TV

Use prima facie correctly or not at all. - Noumena
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10/30/2011 7:21:55 AM
Posted: 5 years ago
At 10/29/2011 9:19:58 PM, blackhawk1331 wrote:
I just checked for the author and the best I can find, unfortunately, is unknown.

Good enough, thank you! Yeah, I like it too. I feel the exact same way.
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10/30/2011 9:17:42 AM
Posted: 5 years ago
The 99 percent

You have staged your protests to complain about the rich. With your smart phones and your I-pads, you moan, and gripe, and bitch. You scream and carry signs that say that it's not fair. You say our Nation's wealthiest aren't paying their fair share.

Well, what are you accomplishing with your bitter, angry mobs? Have your tirades in the streets created any jobs? This is the land of opportunity; a place where you can live your dreams. I think you've all forgotten what freedom really means.

It doesn't mean that you sit back, and let others pay your way; living on the coat-tails of those who work hard every day. It doesn't mean you step aside, arm stretched with open hand; hoping for a handout because your life is not as planned.

Freedom isn't free but, you don't want to pay. So, get the hell out if you don't want to live the American way. If you want to be a socialist, then just go live in Greece. Let the rest of us pursue our dreams and live and die in peace.

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11/1/2011 11:09:22 AM
Posted: 5 years ago
At 10/30/2011 9:17:42 AM, Bradley_A_Peraino wrote:
The 99 percent

You have staged your protests to complain about the rich. With your smart phones and your I-pads, you moan, and gripe, and bitch. You scream and carry signs that say that it's not fair. You say our Nation's wealthiest aren't paying their fair share.

Well, what are you accomplishing with your bitter, angry mobs? Have your tirades in the streets created any jobs? This is the land of opportunity; a place where you can live your dreams. I think you've all forgotten what freedom really means.

It doesn't mean that you sit back, and let others pay your way; living on the coat-tails of those who work hard every day. It doesn't mean you step aside, arm stretched with open hand; hoping for a handout because your life is not as planned.

Freedom isn't free but, you don't want to pay. So, get the hell out if you don't want to live the American way. If you want to be a socialist, then just go live in Greece. Let the rest of us pursue our dreams and live and die in peace.

by Bradley A. Peraino
http://perainopoetry.blogspot.com...

Or Canada, unless I'm mistaken.
Because you said it was a waste, numb nuts. - Drafter

So fvck you. :) - TV

Use prima facie correctly or not at all. - Noumena
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11/17/2011 7:01:54 AM
Posted: 5 years ago
Freedom isn't free but, you don't want to pay. So, get the hell out if you don't want to live the American way. If you want to be a socialist, then just go live in Greece. Let the rest of us pursue our dreams and live and die in peace.

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http://perainopoetry.blogspot.com...

Or Canada, unless I'm mistaken.

Yeah, but it doesn't rhyme with piece.
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11/17/2011 7:10:36 AM
Posted: 5 years ago
American Dream 2010

Surrounded by dishonor; drenched in utter greed.
Living in society; oppressed by those who lead.
Politicians ramble; rhetoric and lies.
In their fight to stay in office they ignore the nations' cries.

Congress is corrupted; marred with endless flaws.
I see the rise of socialism within their fruitless laws.
The time is fast approaching; we all must take a stand.
Rise up as Americans and fight them hand in hand.

If we can't win by voting then, I'll be there with my gun.
I'll give me life for nations' sake; these colors never run!
For, sacrifice is power, within the greater scheme.
Freedom is our only hope to obtain the American dream.

by Bradley A. Peraino
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1/26/2012 8:41:26 AM
Posted: 4 years ago
Hello, my name is Bradley Peraino. I am writing because I have addad a new page to my blog and would love your help in making it flourish. I have created a page dedicated to the "Wounded Warrior Project" It is open for posting. there are some small requests such as, being respectful towards our troops. Anti-war, Politics, etc. will not be acceptable. My request from you is that you post a message with the link on your blog. There is no limit on the number of posts and the posting will remain open until December. I hope that you can help me with this project.

Sincerely, Bradley A. Peraino

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2/17/2012 4:07:42 AM
Posted: 4 years ago
"Ron Paul for President 2012"

He told of how the world would
be, ten years before the now. He
spoke of broken promises; every
treaty, law, and vow.

He warned us of a coming crash
of housing and financial. He told
us that our wars would last;
the growing debt substantial.

He told us we would lose our
rights; our Constitution, disregarded.
He told us we should end the "FED"...
it should never have been started.

"He's too extreme", many have quipped.
"He's bent and grey, and old. As for his
age, he's long and wise. His viewpoints;
raw and bold.

I, myself, have heard him speak, and
I'm answering the call. I'll cast my vote
for Freedom's sake; for Representative
Ron Paul.

By Bradley A. Peraino
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