A Brief Guide to American Government

As fewer and fewer schools in the U.S. offer civics classes, this primer will have to do.

It’s pay to play.
That’s not okay?
Then stay away.
It’ll be this way
Till Judgment Day.

Am I sounding sarcastic
When I say they take plastic?

You may feel a bit queasy,
Sense the whole thing is sleazy.
But their prices are measly.
And they do make it easy.

Hugh Iglarsh is a Chicago-based writer, editor, critic and satirist. He can be reached at hiiglarsh@hotmail.com.