Saturday, November 25, 2006

My Political Philosophy

I was there on the day the monkey came into this world,
His face was round and reddish, and his hair was slightly curled,
He didn't look too different from the others I had seen
Who'd-a-thought he was the answer to the nation's dream?

At first he didn't seem to be intelligent at all,
Each time he'd start to walk about, he'd stumble and he'd fall,
My first impression was to be a most mistaken thought
Lord a'mighty, what's this little hairy monkey wrought?

Because I witnessed his departure from his mother's womb
I felt inclined to check his progress every afternoon
One day the keeper of the zoo called in the live t.v.,
"frankly said, I think you'll be amazed at what you see".

The monkey walked and talked and waved his arms about his head,
In the corner was the stack of books that he had read,
"an educated monkey!" said the papers 'cross the land,
It was more than weary sociologists could stand.

Oh, his fame was universal, he was on the Carson show,
People talked about him kindly everywhere he'd go.
His insight was amazing, his philosophy was fair,
He became a politician welcome everywhere.

His wit was not to be compared with any mind intact,
He'd lace a phrase with irony and blend it all with fact.
Conservatives applauded, and the liberals were entranced
The bigots and the integrationists were in his camp.

Nobody dared to meet him in an open press debate,
He was nominated by the folks from every state.
Yes, a monkey was the president, though maybe not the first,
And there was peace and harmony throughout the universe.

The dream I had last night has been related as it came,
As for interpretation, well, it's really very plain.
Would you rather have a monkey up in Washington, D.C.,
Or have those people making monkeys out of you and me?

Tom T. Hall, The Monkey That Became President.

The present administration has been making monkeys out of us all, the bastards. Thank you America for voting. Thank you for wiping away some of the spin, long enough to see the mess we’re in. Good to see those checks and balances have their sway, good to see we’ve got some tomorrow left for today.


1 comment:

  1. Mr. Hall was clearly a genius and ahead of his time.

    Remember: you cannot bitch if you don't vote.


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