ON THE GROUND?
Seems to be the thing these days
The politicians send them there
But, it's the Soldier who pays.
These folks are our neighbors
And Sons and Daughters, too
Some are Moms and Dads
Or may be a Friend to you.
They are really human beings
Sent to fight and maybe even die
They're more than, “Boots on the ground.”
At the least, to you and I!
But those who send the orders
And the politicians in DC
Seem to only count the numbers
Of body counts and casualty.
They are somebody's loved one
They'll be missed when they are gone
More than a number on a list
That just goes on and on and on.
We need to make those in power
Realize the Soldiers plight
For calling them, “Boots on the ground.”
Just really is not right.
So, in the name of “correctness”
All should call them what they are
Troops and Warriors who protect us
Both here at home and afar.
Not respected as they should be
And it's time
To knowing all those Heroes are
More than just, “Boots on the ground.”
Del "Abe" Jones
ARE THEY WORTH IT?
For only ninety-four days this year
They have been at work, in session
Paid eighteen hundred for each day
Are they worth it, that's the question?
Did they give us all health care?
Or raise the minimum wage?
Did they secure our borders?
Or strive to protect the page?
Did they make us any safer?
Or help out the middle class?
Did they reduce the deficit?
Or make any good bill pass?
Did they really lower taxes?
Or make the rich pay their share?
Did they win either of the Wars?
Or do they even seem to care?
Did they stay out of our bedrooms?
Or make our privacy secure?
Did they give us the right to die?
Or stem cell research for a cure?
Did they search for a different fuel?
Or make Exxon pay what they owe?
Did they have Halliburton account?
Or stop any of that wasteful flow?
Did FEMA take care of disasters?
Did they help the poor rebuild?
Did they make empty promises?
Or were any of them fulfilled?
Did they make our schools safer?
Or fund them, so they could teach?
Did they make English our language?
Or make immigrants learn our speech?
Did they take care of our Seniors?
Or all those mentally impaired?
Did they make drugs affordable?
Or have enough flu shots prepared?
Did they take care of our homeless?
Or make sure all folks were fed?
Did they treat all People equal?
Or let power go to their head?
Did they take care of our Veterans?
Or our Troops when they came home?
Did they believe in PTSD?
Or any other War syndrome?
Did they tell our Troops the truth
Or send most twice or more?
Did they stop the terrorists?
Or let them through our open door?
Did they reach out to the People?
Or think they were above us all?
Did they listen to our complaints?
Or only hear the dollar's call?
Did they try to stop corruption?
Or all the illegal lobbying?
Did they help small businesses?
Or stop the job outsourcing?
Did they do anything that counts?
Or even care about you and me?
Did they bring us to a new low?
Or earn our trust and loyalty?
Did they think we'd vote them back in?
Or turn a blind eye and deaf ear?
Did they think we'd go for “status quo”?
Or they could once more, count on fear?
Did they think we are that stupid?
To vote them all back in again?
Did they think we'd let our Nation lose?
Or think, “We, the People”, couldn't win?
In November all of us will see
If we have the will to make a change
To take our Country back from “them”
Although it might seem kinda strange!
If you don't vote then don't complain
If you don't like what comes to be
For the only way to make things better
Is by that one vote from you and me.
If you aren't mad enough go here
Del "Abe" Jones
(9/11 Memoriam) updated 5-18-04
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