THE GOP HAS BECOME URIAH HEEP

David Copperfield is the protagonist, in Charles Dickens’ novel bearing the character’s name. Copperfield loathes Uriah Heep who designs a plan and attempts to deviously force David’s childhood companion Agnes to marry him.  Copperfield calls Heep evil because Heep employs offensive false humility to camouflage his cynicism and malicious scheming.

Republican attacks on President Obama cross the line from legitimate to malevolent because the presidential bashing is not critical but represents an across-the-board assault on every initiative proposed or action initiated by the president.  I do not say that the president is not deserving of criticism but I do assert that the criticism leveled by the GOP is not fairly directed but instead offers only biased partisan assaults aimed at discrediting both the man and his policies.  This take-no-prisoners attack plan is both cynical and malicious and reminds me much of the contemptible Uriah Heep.

THE GOP HAS BECOME URIAH HEEP
(To original melody)

The GOP has become Uriah Heep.
Watch your step, their B.S. pile is deep.
Like that rogue from Dickens’ book,
They too give me the creeps.
The GOP has become Uriah Heep.

Cynical and scheming
Disingenuous,
Recount  the lies they’ve tried
To spring on us.

The GOP has become Uriah Heep.
Keep one eye open, if you dare to sleep.
For unlike David Copperfield,
Who wants what goodness reaps.
The GOP has become Uriah Heep.

Lyric © 2014 by Robert S. Steinberg, Esquire
All rights reserved.

HOW DO YOU MAKE A CONGRESS GOVERN?

HOW DO YOU MAKE A CONGRESS GOVERN?
(To tune of “How Do you Keep the Music Playing,” by Michel Legrand and Alan and Marilyn Bergman)

How do you make a congress govern?
How do you make it work?
How do get them to do the job they shirk?

How do you keep your optimism?
When it’s a cynic’s town
How do you right a system turned upside down?

I thought they’d surely have to bend to sequestration
They‘ve played with fire and now I’m so afraid
They’ll put the party line above a nation
God help the nation!

If we would choose the best of people
Who’d work for us not gain
Then we might see real compromises there,
No self-made crises, when,
Our voice is heard again.

Lyric © 2012 by Robert S. Steinberg
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RIGHT BACK WHERE WE STARTED FROM

RIGHT BACK WHERE WE STARTED FROM
(To tune of, “Right Back Where we Started From,” by Pierre Tubbs and J. Vincent Edwards (1975))

After all the beating of all the drums
We end up right back here where we started from
All that spent, those tidy sums
And we are right back here where we started from

Another great divide
The House and Senate will collide
Just like they did before and naught gets done
Politics impedes
Every bill the country needs
While on the next campaign they’ve all begun

After all the beating of all the drums
We end up right back here where we started from
All that spent, those tidy sums
And we are right back here where we started from

Obama won the vote
He’ll make an effort to promote
Some of his programs for the middle class
The House will just stand by
 Send to committee bills to die
Work of a crippling partisan morass

After all the beating of all the drums
We end up right back here where we started from
All that spent, those tidy sums
And we are right back here where we started from

Lyric © Robert S. Steinberg, Esquire
All rights reserved