Then and Now
Back then, robber barons and bankers divided up the spoils,
ran waves of immigrant workers through the wage slave grinder,
getting rich raping forests and extracting dirty coal and oils.
In Europe, the dogs of war were baying loudly,
Economic booms and busts were common in those days.
For it was thought to be glorious to go off to a war.
And so the crash of '29, worldwide, was a harbinger of much more.
Some sought worker concessions, spreading the wealth around.
With angry voices rising two different paths were wrought.
With an angry claim of superiority of race, loyalty was engendered,
In the US, government helped the poor gain rights, work and pay.
It took a second great war to determine which ideology was just.
But now, CEOs of corporations, bankers and Wall Street divide the spoils,
In the Middle East, the dogs of war are baying again loudly,
Fear, once again, grips the West with thoughts of going to war,
So many working people with concessions now disappearing from the countryside,
Two views of the situation have been coming to the fore,
There is danger in both of these views, if taken way too far.
But we all know what is the right thing to do and won't ever give in,
Old ideas just won't work anymore... No more... Nevermore.
The Haymarket Affair of 1886, Chicago
As Thanksgiving approaches, many of the people of this country are not thankful 11/17/16