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Legislative Process or My Vote is Not For Sale

by Sandy M. Humphrey

They play their games up on the hill
Those with vote’s power we did instill
Each legislative bill will get its turn
To be heard depending on what it can earn

Votes for sale, surely this isn’t the way
Laws are made in the old USA
Yet on every level be it city, county, or State
Even in Washington that’s the way to Legislate

Lobbyists backed by corporate greed
Special interests groups with a special need
Grease the wheels of democracy with green
Only when caught does anyone come clean

Jaded, disenfranchised, I will still go to the polls
Cast my vote for the least harmful and pay the tolls
For the fools that make it to office each election year
Does my vote make a difference, that’s not so clear?

Do I think it will change the way things are done
And in the end that good will win out and a new day will come?
No, but as the political parties make it rich
I have the right to stand on my soapbox and bitch.


Author's Note: Sold out by the House, the Senate and the Governor this last legislative session I am more than jaded....

Posted on 06/12/2006
Copyright © 2020 Sandy M. Humphrey

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Chris Sorrenti on 06/21/06 at 06:25 PM

Well stated Sandy. We had much the same feeling here in Canada these past couple of years with a liberal Prime Minister who was all boondogle and no action. Finally, we booted him out, and as one person put it so eloquently, we finally have a leader and not just a politician.

Posted by Quentin S Clingerman on 10/18/08 at 09:11 PM

This poem is just as current as when it was written! Change will only come when we vote into office those who want to seriously cut back the money spent on getting elected (especially on the national level)! One candidate this time has shown some indication of that by coauthoring a reform election bill but has limited himself to public financing. The other candidate says he was for public financing but changed its definition when he raised so much money. JUST TOO MUCH money in the political process. (Sorry, Sandy. This poem got me started! LOL!)

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