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Republicans have big expensive plans giving legitimacy to Emperor George. They are going to nominate him right around September 11 in New York City. Dubya will be bouncing from the Convention to Ground Zero like a plastic peace of ping pong patriotism. The official campaign is starting late, the unofficial campaign is better, no spending […]

Creep

by STEW ALBERT

Republicans have big expensive plans
giving legitimacy to Emperor George.

They are going to nominate him
right around September 11
in New York City.
Dubya will be bouncing
from the Convention
to Ground Zero
like a plastic peace of ping pong patriotism.

The official campaign is starting late,
the unofficial campaign is better,
no spending limits.
You could rebuild Baghdad
with what they’ll be spending on Dubya.
The Corporations will kick in with idealistic generosity
and be rewarded with billion buck contracts
cosmic tax cuts
and power positions
in the Junta from Hell.

Democratic opponents
are portrayed
as acting like
effete fashion models
who love lawyers
and who look French.
Their very candidacy is undermining troop morale.

A second term around the Constitution
by Dubya?
Disease spreads quickly when there is no antidote.
The Bush Empire lasting
for a thousand years
of greed?

STEW ALBERT manages the Yippie Reading Room. He can be reached at: stewa@aol.com