Chapter Twelve

WE THE PEOPLE
(Just Say "NO!")
[ a song ]


    There's a congress up in Washington who more than doesn't care
    Homeless vets lie in the gutter, mass pollution's in the air
    From many tears of raging rivers, the dam's about to blow
    "Tea in Boston Harbor!" We the people just say "No!"

    We the people just say "No" to your goddamn rebate scam
    That gives back to the rich and threatens the future of our land
    There's a voice of wrath from up above, a fire down below
    "Tea in Boston Harbor!" We the people just say "No!"

    We the people just say "No", hear that Patrick Henry sound
    We the people just say "No" next time the vote comes 'round
    There's a lantern in the steeple, Paul Revere is in the glow
    "Tea in Boston Harbor!" We the people just say "No!"

    The bell's cracked in Philadelphia, our freedom's on the line
    Benedict Arnold's in the Capitol, some Dumbcock's about to sign
    Politics of mass corruption like malignant cancers grow
    "Tea in Boston Harbor!" We the people just say "No!"

    We the people just say "No" when you refuse to share the wealth
    When you disregard our children's future and ignore the people's health
    When our jobs all disappear and our income becomes outgo
    "Tea in Boston Harbor!" We the people just say "No!"

    We the people just say "No", hear that Patrick Henry sound
    We the people just say "No" next time the vote comes 'round
    There's a lantern in the steeple, Paul Revere is in the glow
    "Tea in Boston Harbor!" We the people just say "No!"

    A tidal wave of tired people who've had far more than enough
    Is washing up from polluted harbors, freedom's lady calls your bluff
    From L.A. to Kennebunkport, Miami, Nome and the Alamo
    "Tea in Boston Harbor!" We the people just say "No!"

    We the people just say "No", hear that Patrick Henry sound
    We the people just say "No" next time the vote comes 'round
    There's a lantern in the steeple, Paul Revere is in the glow
    "Tea in Boston Harbor!" We the people just say "No!"

    Grapes of wrath are in the winepress, Someone's wrath is bound to grow
    "Tea in Boston Harbor!" We the people just say "No!"
    "Tea in Boston Harbor!" We the people just say "No!"
    We say "Tea in Boston Harbor!" We the people just say "No-o-o-o-o-o-o!" *


A Biography of America
"NO TAXATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION"


DEDICATED TO:  Thomas Paine, author of Common Sense, from whence the title of this book is derived.  There is no representation of the common people in modern-day America, thus there is a total lack of common sense displayed in virtually the entire governmental decision-making process; in particular regarding fair and just taxation, where the majority are taxed over 50% of their income (when all taxes are considered), yet this same majority continues to experience no fair and equitable representation.


*FootNote:  The following was recently given to this author by a friend, who retrieved it off of the internet (source unknown); although there is no easy way to check this for accuracy, it is most probably in the main, correct:  "Can you imagine working for a company that has a little over 500 employees and yet has the following statistics?  29 have been accused of spousal abuse, 7 have been arrested for fraud, 19 have been accused of writing bad checks, 117 have directly or indirectly bankrupted at least two businesses, 3 have done time for assault, 71 cannot obtain a credit card due to bad credit, 14 have been arrested on drug-related charges, 8 have been arrested for shoplifting, 31 are currently defendants in lawsuits, and 84 have been arrested for drunk driving within the past year."  This 'company' is the 108th United States Congress, which is responsible for drafting and approving our national budget and which creates and/or modifies hundreds of new laws each year intended to govern the rest of us. Can there be any sane or rational reason why We The People would say anything other than an emphatic "NO!"?


           


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