by Larry Porter
Copyright 2013 Larry Porter
The frost in the air comes not from weather.
The frost in the air comes from the fool crown’s tether.
Those who would dare to bring up a scare
Will bring the disgusted together.
They march to the tune of a different songbird,
The crown didn’t listen and got the wrong words.
These souls understood there’s a much greater Good,
And that’s what the strong should prefer.
They gathered together to forge a new plan,
A country whose power was bestowed on man.
In the heat of the day and with so much to weigh,
One said, “I don’t know if we can.”
Undaunted, three souls chose to work even harder.
Together they formed a triumvirate of ardor.
The first brought the form, the second transformed
Ideas aged kept in their larder.
The third of the members interpreted well
The meanings of phrases so none could dispel
The message that wrought the authors’ true thoughts.
They now had a story to tell.
The assemblage was gathered and asked to please ponder
If they’d willingly risk their lives, wealth, and honor.
Fifty-six men agreed that they had to secede
From the crown that ruled from a’ yonder.
The menace marched westward in a wave of bright red,
And nearing its goal the patriots said,
“Come on boys, take our toys
And then we’ll cut off all your heads.”
When they met the menace, they did the unheard,
They hid behind trees and true to their word,
They took off it’s head, and left it for dead,
And a new nation thus had been spurred.
The wise men assembled in secret that year
Named a man who had fought in the country’s frontier.
Made a name for himself, as a warrior with wealth,
And his best trait was he was austere.
This great man’s poor army was nearly consumed
And the new country’s fate seemed for sure to be doomed,
The wise men had guessed they’d given their best.
But the chosen one never presumed.
On a cold Christmas eve, camped next to the river,
He ordered his men to advance to deliver,
A destructive blow in the wind and the snow,
And to show them what’s left in our quiver.
So they walked across water with cloths wrapped ‘round feet,
Through the snow and ice with no thoughts of defeat.
Leaving crimson on white, to look back was a fright,
So they marched forward, Hessians to greet.
The success of that day made the country propitious
That the crown may be gone, though some still were suspicious.
They slugged through ten years, give and take, fears and tears,
Would the signers be hung as seditious?
After ten years of fighting, the war was now won
Because of the grit of George Washington.
Then they began to draw up the plan
On how this new government should run.
Alas came an end to the fighting and dying.
Patriots victorious, the red menace left crying,
They had their new nation but with their creation,
They found its survival defying.
Jefferson, Madison, Adams, those three
Drew the document that sent the world on a spree
It declared every right was bestowed outright,
Not from government but instead deity.
The talk from the men who performed for thirteen.
Haggled and screamed and like roosters some preened.
But eventually enough signed off on the stuff,
That made for a brand new machine.
They needed a head for this brand new estate.
Unanimously they agreed only one had the trait,
That could lead a new nation, so in the summation,
They chose Washington, their new head of state.
The Experiment Begins
The world stood watching with great anticipation
To see if she stumbled on her own expectations.
Could she hold on to this promising dawn,
Or would she collapse from translation?
The idea was new that a people could rule,
That their rights were derived from their very own pool.
Would they grasp the real meaning, without intervening
Or would they rely on old school.
Freedom of speech? Who heard of such things?
And the right to assemble, no, not from their kings.
Religion and arms. No one taking their farms?
And none of these freedoms had strings?
Who’d believe all the things this document told,
Of freedoms and rights more precious than gold.
Could it stand on it’s own, ignoring the crown,
Or would it fade into history, untold?
George Washington proved the wise leaders’ decision
He led the new nation with startling precision.
Here’s the thing, he could have been king.
Instead he gave life to the vision.
He took to his heart what the document said,
Vowing by actions to eliminate dread.
Never bowing to those who would bring to a close
The message that it would spread.
His cabinet was wrought with two men who fought
With different ideas of constitutional thought.
They’d go for weeks never to speak.
But he needed what each of them brought.
One sat on his right the other his left
At making their case, both were quite deft,
Every time one would sneeze, he was tempted to squeeze
From that man his very last breath.
He was blessed with the talent to discard their petty
Disagreements in principle and keep them both ready
To steer the ship forward, for they were the stewards.
As the world watched to see it stay steady.
He was true to his word as his two terms expired.
He insisted to all he was done, and retired.
What he left in his wake for the next man to take,
Was a new nation duly inspired.
His second was one of the first architects.
At times Adams felt he was just a reject,
He had little to do, watching senators brew,
Their concoctions. He got no respect.
The second was voted to become the next first.
He finally felt he was shown his real worth.
The rules he’d helped write, were about to ignite
A battle to shake the whole Earth.
The Amendments were written for all to peruse
The rights of the people could not be abused.
Being able to speak one’s mind was unique
And its writing could not be confused.
But now one author was leading the state,
Through executive power he began to dictate
With his signature placed on one bill he embraced,
He hobbled the whole fourth estate.
Washington was crushed by some newspapermen
Who vilified him with their sharp poison pens.
It didn’t bother the Founding Father,
But to Adams, it wasn’t his ken.
When Adams became the number one man,
He agreed with his former colleagues’ game plan.
They’d punish the men who used poison pens
By forbidding free speech with a ban.
The plan was to pass the A and S Acts.
Which they all pretended was against foreign pacts.
The reality however was to stifle forever
Critics and to cover their backs.
And so the first chink in the ambitious design
Appeared oh so quickly and gave us a sign
That men of good will can be led down the hill.
Human nature is often supine.
And now came John Marshall who carried the law.
He and five cohorts decided for all
What the document said as it was read,
Their word would be the last straw.
Since brilliant John Adams was there from the start
You’d think he would know the direction by heart.
Instead he took actions that brought grave reactions
Pushed executive power athwart.
Marshall proclaimed Adams misused his power
When the USS Boston made the Flying Fish cower.
With Little v Barreme , the Court called Supreme
Gave Congress back its power.
Washington again proved his worth to the nation.
Before he left office a wise revelation,
He gave to the masses, “Before a day passes,
With parties you’ll have a cessation.”
“Your country will die before it can start.
If you chose different camps, you’ll soon grow apart.
Parties divide, throw the people aside,
Their own needs dictate their heart.”
But the two from his cabinet who could not agree,
Ignored all his wisdom, each became a trustee
Of his party of choice, proclaiming his voice
Was that of the true bourgeoisie.
When Adams was through, Thomas Jefferson ran
For the highest office in this new land.
His life’s enemy ran at him, you see,
And the country’s division began.
Once again a designer of the U.S. blueprint
Became the third man to leave his imprint.
He looked to the West, for the countries next quest
So he sent a group out for a glint.
What he did next, he knew wasn’t right
According to rules that he helped to write.
His thinking, the end justified the offend.
He went forth and purchased it outright.
He paid fifteen mil which then doubled the lay
Most people were happy, as they got underway
To settle new land, where ‘til now had blue hands,
But would soon be called US of A.
We the people, didn’t mind being scammed,
They didn’t complain with whatever was rammed,
As long as they got everything that they sought,
They said the Constitution be damned.
Next came a Founder a kind of small guy.
Only five feet four, but he wasn’t shy.
He had a spouse who shared his white house
And helped with his chores on the fly.
Number four was the man who started it all,
Brought the quill, the ink, the paper and all.
By using his brains, he wrote down the strains
That began to roll the ball.
But even before his duties began
Marshall again, with the court made a stand.
Fletcher v Peck, put a foot on the neck
Of the Natives, said, “You don’t own land.”
As author of what we call the Constitution,
He was a man who had resolution.
He followed the rules, executed with tools
That caused no further dilution.
He did, however, have to go to war
With the Brits, they said they wanted more.
But Andy Jack, he sent ‘em back.
Ne’re again to darken our shore.
The Doctrine was what gave the fifth his fame.
After serving the fourth voters said, “Remain.”
He gained the top, became the cop
Who kept the West maintained.
His Doctrine helped keep our hemisphere
Free from all nations we had feared.
“You all may come for trade and fun
But as for war, not here!”
James was involved right from the start,
At Trenton got shot very near his heart.
So he knew well, what they must quell
What his country would impart.
He stayed true to the word, what great men had written,
Especially did he, after the battle with Britain.
He executed laws with no more cause
Than to follow what was written.
The Marshall group reinforced their findings
As to the Natives, they still had their bindings
Could not sell their land to the common man.
The government took all assignings.
The sovereignty lay with only those men
Who came from afar, pushed again and again.
Natives were not in these men’s thoughts,
Considered God’s creatures, amen.
SC once again before five took his leave.
Gave the Antelope’s cargo official reprieve.
Slaves were to be, simply property.
Many years would pass with a yawn.
Like father like son, as the saying goes
The apple falls near to the tree, so they crow.
With Adams at two, the sages were true.
He learned well what to sow.
For John Q. was his father’s son.
He watched his father as he’d run.
When his turn came, he did the same
And nearly always won.
When he became our number six
His enemies cried, “Oh, dirty tricks.”
The twelfth Amendment, caused resentment,
While his office dodged the bricks.
John Adams knew the country’s law,
He watched his father help to draw
The document that would cement
The break from Britain’s claw.
Still after all was said and done,
He had to violate the one,
Constitution with resolutions
Helped push for end round runs.
His thoughts went toward a more powerful
Central government, more resourceful.
His American System, considered his gem
Was to make the country more bountiful.
But he knew that the law didn’t allow
His position to do what he did. Somehow
He simply ignored, the document’s word
Directing the workers to plow.
In addition to that which he created
Was a national school, then he slated
Support for the arts, sciences, Descartes
And for these he was much debated.
It was eighteen hundred and twenty eight
When Jackson finally led the state.
A rascal was he, for as you will see,
His arrival followed much hate.
Politics now were taking the stage
As the document gathered more and more age.
Infighting pursued, with a standing feud
No one listened to the old sage.
Jefferson told them what to expect
But to his words they gave no respect.
Defying the man, politicians began
To decide which laws to reject.
Old Hickory’s idea for America’s Indians
Was to get them in debt by pulling shenanigans.
He sent them away, to a land far away
So the problem would not raise its head again.
But we know as the people began moving West
New settlers would not let the real Natives rest.
They all felt the need to kill them, indeed,
Their turn had come at conquest.
Worcester v Georgia was a landmark decision.
The Court told the states there was no division
They were not to deal with Indian appeals,
The Feds had that only provision.
Old Hickory being the curmudgeon he was
Said of Marshall, he made his decision a cause.
Let him try to enforce that ruling, of course
He has no power with claws.
On the twenty his face now resides.
The irony being, his biggest pride
Was abolishment of the nations mint
And divide it countrywide.
Nullification came next for Andy.
He told South Carolina. “Though that would be handy.
You cant’ just leave, say you secede,
That would surely be randy.”
What he said he said with a smile
For he knew too well all the while
The ninth and tenth gave no consent
But hey, that was just his style.
They claimed that he worked for the little man
Protecting him from the government’s sham.
But truth be told, his actions rolled
The power t’ward Uncle Sam.
And now came a blow to our rights once more
When the six ruled Barron v Baltimore.
They said that the states didn’t owe going rates,
Eminent Domain hit the floor.
Chip chip chip went the hammers and chisels
Chipping away in drabs and drizzles.
It didn’t take long, to learn that the throng
Would watch as the document fizzled.
In eighteen hundred and thirty-two
Jackson made Marty number two.
Stand by my side and they’ll abide.
Next they’ll vote for you.
Next time round it was Martin Van Buren.
But some liked to call him Martin Van Ruin.
Depression for years brought a torrent of tears.
Four years he led the Bruin.
But overall he did little real harm.
He followed the law with nary a charm.
He was rather dull, and there was a lull
While the country expanded its farms.
A little known fact in our history
A fact few will hold in their memory.
He was eighth as VP, and as president, you see.
Is that a queer little mystery?
Old Tippecanoe didn’t last very long.
Just thirty-two days ‘fore he struck the gong.
He spent way too much time, in the bitter cold clime’
And succumbed to his personal swan song.
A constitutional crisis arose from his death.
It wasn’t clear who should be the next.
VP Tyler took a flier,
Leaving most of his Cabinet perplexed.
Most resigned when he took to the office
He renounced the party’s attempts at a caucus.
I’ll not do your deeds; I’ll sew my own seeds.
They claimed he was just being raucous.
John Tyler the irony of recent presidents.
Refused to push gov’ment on this nation’s residents.
Historians thought with him there was naught
Followers gave him little precedence.
The truth be told as much as it’s scorned
The Fathers gave document to what they adorned.
But presidents since made patriots wince.
At least Tyler should not be mourned.
Eleven snuck in through the back door
Proceeding to flaunt the oath that he swore.
He embraced the crowds with their heads in the clouds
While stamping the laws in the floor.
Historians said he was one of the best
But what made him better than most of the rest?
He gave to the people, or should we say sheeple
More land to be settled out West.
Polk declared war was the way to expand
Against Britain and Mexico he took his backhand.
The first backed away, the second did play
And was beaten above Rio Grande.
Oregon, Texas, and California
Would now be settled by folks with a mania.
They didn’t care who else lived there.
They were betook with schizophrenia.
And before he departed, he signed a remand
A new cabinet, Interior, society now planned.
To tell people where, they could hunt for bear
And what else they could do on their land.
Checks and balances were put in place
By the Founders at the start of this race.
What they thought and what they sought
Was to give each its own space.
But as we’ve seen while beards grew long,
The Founders planned, but then guessed wrong.
The president runs government
As the other two drift along.
As recorders write of America’s victory
They start and finish writing history
About the man who rules the land.
This should not be a mystery.
As time wore on, two of the three
Gave power away to the third, you see.
They lacked resolve, did not evolve
As the Founders had decreed.
Now Old Zach Taylor, good or bad
Was not in office to do much gad.
Though he tried, the poor man died
Too soon to be a cad.
Thirteenth, VP, then took control.
Fillmore was fairly good, on the whole.
But he made a pact, signed the Fugitive Act
Allowed Feds to illegally patrol.
But overall what he didn’t do
Was to grow the Fed, he’d eschew,
He saw no need to rev the speed
Of intrusion to pass through.
There were historically many occasions
Where Fillmore could have backed invasions
France and Britain and Spain were smitten
But were stopped with his persuasions.
Therefore historians have mostly written
That Millard was like a thumbless mitten.
Doing little but sit and whittle
And laws were not rewritten.
Slavery kept rearing its ugly head.
Politicos chose sides by what they said.
Some said now, but others asked how.
People chose by what they read.
One of the worst, historians say.
Ten and four, and by the way,
After forty-nine votes in line
Only then he got to play.
Jefferson Davis was in his cabinet.
He later became the South’s President.
This didn’t sit well for abolitionist’s knell
When they saw where his friendship went.
So since the Pierce record was so very thin
Doing little damage, barely scratching the skin,
They looked on with scorn, at this man’s true bourne,
As if doing nothing was sin.
Isn’t it strange how human nature
Nullifies with due attainture,
If we dare, not repair
But keep the present stature.
However if someone then decides
The present system needs revised
And changes things to suit their flings
They rise on history’s tides.
Doughface was called a worst again.
He did nothing as SC left, then
Dred Scott announced that blacks were trounced.
What mind this man from Penn?
He looked toward the document
That spelled the rules of government.
They had no right to start a fight.
A state could leave the tent.
Historians say ‘twas better served
To fight to keep it all preserved.
No matter if throughout the tiff
They got what they deserved.
Fifteen paid to keep his code
Those founding principles they bestowed.
The words be damned, he would be slammed.
He’d pay the price he owed.
Following him with beard and hat
He said he’d settle this small spat.
He was bound by laws not found
For spite he forced combat.
There he sits on a marble chair,
The reflecting pool shines on his hair.
An icon he, admired by we
The people, unaware.
He promised those who wanted war
A chance to die as those before.
The document with his consent
He said was law no more.
Six hundred fifty thousand souls
Were buried like the Dead Sea scrolls
All because there was applause
From devils with controls.
At first, they claimed to free the blacks
But most chose to ignore the facts.
Dred Scott claimed to people’s shame
They could be good for tax.
The Southern states saw things from eyes
That watched the North take every prize.
Most Southerners were just workers
Who wanted compromise.
But Lincoln wouldn’t hear of it.
And those around him wouldn’t quit
Goading him, supporting him
To make the South submit.
We all must ask why civil war
Is necessary? Don’t explore
The other ways to save the days
Of killing. And what for?
Should the question now arise:
Did the man compromise?
He never asked Congress the task
He took ships as a prize.
Supreme Courts sit as the final judge
Judge Taney’s Court ruled a 5-4 nudge
He had a case, he kept his place
On his quest he would not budge.
Now he sits admired by all
Because he did with such a pall
The dreaded deed, refused to heed
The writing on the wall.
Yes, it saved the union flag
But at what cost in body bags?
And just in case folks talk of race,
It left most folks in rags.
History tells that slavery was
Nearing its end, economic laws
Were dictating abandoning
Slavery as a cause.
Lincoln died before he watched
The system that he fought and botched.
The people left were all quite deft
To see the South was scotched.
A trip to the theatre that horrible night
Left the country in a terrible plight.
Number two had to do
The repair to the God awful blight.
Try as he may to reconcile
Allowing the South free domicile,
The Radicals, using their rules,
Declared his plan a foul.
They disliked him so much it seems
Impeachment was their ways and means.
If they could rid, with takeover bid
They’d bring forth new regimes.
The Reconstruction of the South
Gave all the Southerners cottonmouth.
The pow’rs that be, in our country
Prolonged the awful drouth.
They brought the country to its knees.
The Founders would not be much pleased.
But should they dare, they didn’t care,
Thrust hatred and disease.
Amendment number one and four
Was passed without the proper score.
Though people said when it was read
Things were better than before.
Radical Republicans took the lands.
Unable to get Southern hands,
Threw out the true officials who
Would not accept their plans.
Replacing them with all their own
False votes brought rascals to the throne.
They threatened jail so they’d prevail
It changed the South’s whole tone.
The Experiment took backward steps
In sixty-eight with zealot Reps.
They made new laws to suit their cause
On deaf ears fell objects.
The Founding Fathers warned of this
That men would commit parti pis
For their own gain, forget the pain.
Into folks faces they’d piss.
Would the Experiment course to survive?
Could better men keep it alive?
We thought they’d try to comply
With predetermined drive.
But would the population send
Men of honor in the end?
We’d wait and see what history
Sent forth at this road’s bend.
Thomas J., from what we hear,
Said revolution per twenty years
Would keep us straight, would seal our fate
And keep the knaves in fear.
A general came next in line
He’d fought the battle of all time.
Would he be the man to see
The nation change its climb?
This task required a strong recruit,
One who didn’t give a hoot
What others thought, could not be bought.
Would bad men get the boot?
The people now accepted less
Than what the Founding Fathers pressed.
They felt fine to pluck the vine
Much closer to their vest.
Named for an ancient Greek who traveled
He played both sides, he certainly bedazzled.
He took a stand and lent his hand’
Gave civil rights to the straggled.
But his support also was sent
To those for whom the rules were bent.
By conquering, not re-admitting,
They said the South was spent.
The South was thrust into five Regions.
Grant agreed to keep the legions.
No civil suits would quell the brutes
But Congress had its reason.
The SCOTUS said it was political.
They refused to call it all that critical.
Two cases came and went the same,
As it all became centrifugal.
Then along came Rutherford Hayes
To try to work through this black maze.
The Constitution, gave no solution
Since it was now ablaze.
They all agreed the doc hadn’t changed
Things had just become rearranged.
They said they used, not abused
That doc. They were deranged.
Hayes paid homage to the pact
Giving rights by civil act.
In it he said of black and red
They also were people, in fact.
But then he turned to Carl Shurz
To help those Reds who had been purged.
To join us all that we may call
That all may now be merged.
Shurz took their land, dividing it
Then sold it off for benefit
To whites with cash and let them dash
Suckling off the g’ment tit.
Hayes, they called, a moderate
A word that meant conciliate.
It made them feel so genteel
While thinking he really was obdurate.
Was the Experiment dead or was it just sleeping?
Were politicians sincere or just reaping
The spoils of power while climbing the tower
Watched by our Founders, while weeping?
RB relinquished to the next in line
Who did little harm during his time.
On the two hundredth day he ended his stay.
Guiteau left his conduct supine.
The second president fatally shot
Garfield did little in the time he brought
To the highest office that had become nauseous.
Could Arthur untie the knot?
Everyone thought the fourteenth amendment
Would give ex-slaves their final commencement
Give them the vote! They could rock the boat.
The New South must change its temperament.
Arthur tried to bring real honor back
By signing off on the Pendleton Act.
It finished spoils, it stopped the foils.
Re-instituting the pact.
But then he turned forth his other cheek
To soothe the Stalwart’s bidding pique.
He changed his cabinet to every advocate
The Stalwart’s men did seek.
Again the first President, George was correct.
With parties the nation soon would be wrecked.
They tend to divide, succumbing to pride
While the nation’s business is decked.
A man had finally come to the White House
Who took on, himself, the task to delouse.
The parties aside, he picked up his stride
Never once acting the mouse.
He angered all sides at what he performed.
Foremost in his mind was a quest to reform,
Corruption too, and he knew
The whole g’ment was deformed.
One of the Cleveland clan had arrived
Twenty-two and twenty-four had survived
An in-between, a Benjemeen
The Doc, he was bound to revive.
Although he was a Democrat
The Mugwamps joined him in one spat.
Blaine came forth to show his worth
And Mugwamps said, “Not that!”
He made farmers, businessmen, vets
Mad as hell as he took their pets.
Subsidies would not be thieves
Of the people’s hard earned sweats.
Historians called him a Bourbon Dem
Of classic liberalism, not of phlegm.
Cleveland did while others hid
And went against all them.
Even his enemies said he was
Honest and committed to his cause.
Even though he dealt a blow
To so many fuzzy laws.
The only mark that one may state
That went against his highest rate
Was that he didn’t see
New cabinets added weight.
On his watch a new position
His cabinet had a new addition.
Dept of Ag, he had a lag.
What was his real cognition?
But overall he did things right
Since every side thought him a blight.
If a man does what he can
He may become a knight.
The fact remains he came again
So citizens approved of his campaign.
They wanted so the line to toe
And he worked to contain.
Sadly it didn’t last very long.
The next in line got it all wrong.
Ben went back to the same old track
Trying hard to please his throng.
His was the first administration
To spend a billion, an abomination.
He spent the surplus in spite of the fuss
While negating Cleveland’s creation.
The Sherman Act was signed by him.
It’s still unsure if this was whim.
Did he realize or was it demise
Of the Doc the Fathers gave Ben.
Harrison was considered by many a cipher
Leaving the office a common divisor.
Perhaps that was rash, because of the cash
But he didn’t do very much either.
While most chiefs busied themselves playing
The SCOTUS was also busy, saying,
“We’ll take a look.” Then they took
On cases before them staying.
The Waite Court heard in eighty-six
A case for economic fix.
Until then states would pen
Regulations or a nix.
The Wabash case changed all of that.
They took away the states’ rights, flat.
By saying, “Now, the Federal plow
Would work that precise plat.
From the Wabash ruling came
The ICC, a regulating flame.
The first time ever, their endeavor
Created an insidious game.
The US versus EC Knight
Begged the question, “What was right
Anti-Trust, or a bust?
They took out all its might.
The Fuller Court, in ninety-five
Made the Sherman Act barley alive.
It became precise, like squeezed in a vise
So that little of it did survive.
It gave back to states the power they lost.
Amendment Ten got back what they’d tossed.
They couldn’t take states’ rights from their plates.
The Court said a line had been crossed.
Then came the case of such notoriety
It put a lasting effect on our society.
In a seven to one what the Court had done
Made the nation question its propriety.
Plessy v. Ferguson gave to the Court
A case that hung on black-white tort.
Could a black being go sightseeing
In the railcar with a white sport?
Separate but equal became the law.
That’s what the court said and saw.
Just as long as there was no wrong
In their treatment. That was the flaw.
In eighteen hundred and eighty-four
McKinley came through the White House door.
His new trend was to put an end
To the Doc to which he swore.
He told us we’d have no more wars.
We wouldn’t take others’ land anymore.
But what’d he do, I ask you?
He swam to the other shore.
First the Spanish came into his sights.
He sent troops to Cuba to have a big fight.
And the Philippines came onto the screens
With Dewey in the bright lights.
After the win he claimed the new land,
Puerto Rico, Hawaii, even Guam, and
The Island group, thanks to Dewey’s troops
Became the American brand.
So much for promises by politicos
Who say one thing then they go
And do another, so why bother
To believe what they blow.
We the People lay in a daze.
It was becoming no more than a phrase.
What it meant had been spent.
And left us in a haze.
McKinley was elected to a second stint
But Czolgosz used a bullet to prevent.
The Veep took control, taking the roll
Of President, and so it went.
Historians are known to give praise to those
Who do the most for friends and for foes.
Teddy was praised then his portrait raised
In granite, forever froze.
Yet he did more since Honest Abe
To subvert the meaning that they gave
To the raw contract law
The Fathers tried to save.
Here was a man who truthfully said
A good Indian was one that was dead.
And never mind their feeble mind
Never should they be bred.
T R rode his horse to fame
Becoming a hero in the San Juan game.
As V P selected, then top job elected.
History then chiseled his name.
He stood and hollered, “With this Fair Deal,
Every citizen would share in the weal.”
Re-distribution and retribution
To business refusing to heel.
The trust busting efforts sounded so right.
They showed the bad businesses who had the might.
Don’t cross the boss if you don’t want a loss
Of your profits and your sight.
This was a first when this government told
Free businessmen how they could make and spend gold.
At the threat of prison a new day had risen
Give us our free days of old.
The Pure Food and Drug Act most people cheered
The Meat Inspection pact solved what they feared.
Putting Federal fingers in that which still lingers
But nobody thought that was weird.
Teddy chose taking a new slant on
Dealing with countries. He didn’t use brawn.
What he said to them instead,
“Speak softly but show a huge wand.”
He exercised foreign state policy
To intervene for smaller sovereignties.
He wouldn’t allow others to plow
Fertile countries. The height of hypocrisy!
As if he’d not done enough harm as yet
He formed a new cabinet position to get
Labor first, then Commerce coerced
Into following government threats.
The citizens said, “This is all good.
We need the Fed to look after our food.
And Big, Bad Business shows no forgiveness.
Big Brother is misunderstood.”
They elected him twice when he built the Canal.
It lifted the population’s morale.
They liked the idea of controlling Gaia.
But none questioned the rationale?
Teddy used the Department of Interior
To make the states to the Fed inferior.
He snatched state land for Fed use and
Made national parks superior.
The Tenth Amendment became a joke
The people all stepped out for a smoke.
They seemed okay to let it decay.
To watch the country go broke.
One hundred and twenty years before
This country left a shining shore.
Somehow it faltered, badly altered
We now searched for one to restore.
SCOTUS was busy during Ted’s reign.
The Fuller Court had mixed results in the main.
Some broke new ground some went around
With the same old tired old refrain.
The War brought on several new cases,
The Islands taken brought brand new bases.
They made them look again at the book
What they found mostly were spaces.
And once again with its kind hand
The US government took a stand.
Lone Wolf the chief was given a brief
That in effect took all Indian land.
The Sherman Act with its anti-trust suits
Brought several cases to the roots.
Swift v U.S. needed aggress
The court gave the Swifts the boot.
Swift, they declared, though worked intrastate
Dealt also with commerce that went interstate.
“Therefore,” they said, “It must be read
That Congress could regulate.”
Northern Securities was then ruled unfair,
Run out of business along with its shares.
It could not, control the lot
Of railroads Hill called theirs.
In nineteen oh five the court got it right
Against New York with all its might.
Lochner’s contract was kept intact
The Constitution was back in sight.
And again the SCOTUS ruled correctly
In Lowe v. Lawlor they said directly
The union could not bring a boycott
Against companies owned privately.
However soon after the Supreme Court’s ruling
Congress passed law that gave them a schooling.
Don’t mess with us, don’t make a fuss,
For our unions they are not fooling.
Then the Supreme Law of the Land
Slid backwards from its honored stand.
Ex Parte Young climbed one more rung
Toward state’s rights being banned.
And the case of Moyer versus Peabody
Announced that governors could put anybody
Into chains with zero claims
For habeas corpus to embody.
They said a governor of a state could
Foist insurrection on citizenhood.
Then into jail without your bail.
Your citizenship? No longer good.
After Teddy had his illustrious run
He supported his man for the next run,
His Sec of state, but then came fate
And hit him like a ton.
He thought the man was as progressive as he
He’d do Ted’s bidding to continue the spree
To simply ignore the document’s core
Thinking to set the land free.
The largest man in the Universe
Put the reigns of the country in reverse.
My oh my, he didn’t even try.
Instead he just made it worse.
Although his mentor considered him bust
In reality he did keep Teddy’s trust.
But a lawsuit named Teddy, the blamed,
Killed support from the Rough Rider’s thrust.
The biggest tort from the largest of men
Was the Sixteenth Amendment, just a mark with a pen.
Politicos knew it would never be true
When they said it will never extend.
The populous now was accepting as fact
That the country must stay on this devious tack.
The Founders had warned but it was just scorned.
They got used to the gov’ment’s compact.
The election of nineteen hundred and twelve
Gave voters selections that never delved
Into any real choices, all of their voices
Came from the same old shelves.
The Republicans ran Taft once again
While Teddy went in disregarding the deign.
And Wilson entered the fray so it centered
On all the progressive wet hens.
What the fat man started the thin man finished.
He went on to support what truly diminished
The citizenry’s freedom, as it would sure bleedum.
They watched as their paychecks vanished.
Wilson first formed the Federal Reserve.
A private bank with no rules to observe.
First it developed then it enveloped
Fiscal policy we didn’t deserve.
More interference came from FTC
The Commission to regulate trade, don’t you see.
They had to make sure that no one endured
The slightest rebuff from comp’nies.
Forget what you thought of as freedom ‘til now.
The government took care from your birth to your ciao.
But that was okay with people that day
They believed in the government’s vow.
The farmers weren’t left in their fields as forgotten,
Left with their crops, if they sadly grew rotten.
Wilson reacted with a farm bill enacted,
Paid for their loses of cotton.
The Adamson Act imposed eight-hour workdays.
The first time the federal government gave
Businesses mandates. A rule or a dictate?
Showing government was their true knave.
As the people stood by watching government grow
Europe was wrapped in a conflict tableau.
The election was here, so he said we’d stay clear
But the real job he gave them was snow.
We entered the war to end wars so they said.
As protesting citizens all were soon led
To county jails without given bails.
The Sedition Act was read.
After one hundred and twenty-two years
The Sedition Act once again brought the tears
Of freedom lovers as they discovered
Old enemies don’t disappear.
The War Powers Act gave the president powers
That cannot be found no matter you scour.
The first document gave no such consent
But he took them in that hour.
The Palmer Raids found ten thousand souls
It declared were anarchists, although their true roles
Were protestors, and demonstrators
Who had rights to state their goals.
With a dictator’s powers he formed a new League
With countries worn out from battle fatigue.
The powers it gave made our congress behave,
They threw out this harmful intrigue.
With the harm that he’d done in those years to our nation
Historians still manage to give acclamation.
But truth be told, if one asked of the old,
They’d look on in utter frustration.
As Wilson worked the Supreme didn’t shy
Justice White’s Court let out the cry,
“Do not fear for we are here.”
To the doc they almost said bye.
The Shreveport Cases cited railroad rates.
Was it states or the Fed who ruled on their fate?
The SC decided they really resided
On the Federal government’s plate.
If anyone truly did think the tax code
Might fail in court as if sense was bestowed
Not to worry your head, it would never be dead
They ruled that your money was owed.
One that the Court did seem to get right,
That kept that old document clearly in sight,
Coppage v. Kansas, didn’t open for canvass
Whether bills of attainder took flight.
Forty Barrels and Twenty Kegs
Gave the Court some brand new legs.
The FDA had its say
Said the Coke formula was dreg.
They refused to decide on the merits therein
Instead they sent back to the lower court’s bin
A chance to redeem their avid esteem
And tell of their ruling again.
Now the Court came upon a case that changed all.
Caminetti v. U.S. ruled government’s call
Was not just for political thrust
It now sent a shuddering pall.
This ruling from SCOTUS took the Court to new heights
It allowed the Feds to dictate all rights.
What once was so private was changed in this climate,
The government now held the lights.
This would not end the mischief they did.
In Debs v. U.S. they once again said
There was no such thing as free speech when the king
Was disparaged, they’d have your head.
The final blow that the Court ruled upon
Was Missouri v. Holland, again a new dawn.
Said that the states, where a treaty creates
A law, they became a mere pawn.
Oliver Wendell in his own judgment,
Said the constitution was a living document
He became chief. Oh good grief!
Let’s hear it for the government.
Warren G. Harding was next in line,
Didn’t last long, ran out of time.
Remembered best about his quest
Was the Tea Pot Scandal crime.
One in his cabinet went to prison
Along with others as the mizzen
Began its rise amidst the cries
Of change from what had arisen.
Alas he died with two years in
Asking cronies to please join him.
They did him wrong. It wasn’t long
‘Til rot came from within.
When he died in Californ
The country wept, became forlorn.
They liked the man because he ran
On changes he had sworn.
The people seem to like a change
No matter that it’s out of range.
They don’t look hard or know it’s marred.
They simply want exchange.
While Harding lived as President
He didn’t change the rudiments.
His words he spoke t’ward what was broke
But actions, never spent.
Cool Cal came on after Harding’s death.
He tried to cut the Fed’s huge breadth.
Alas the train had crossed the plain
And never stopped for breath.
He did give Indians citizenship
Allowing them to keep their grip
On reservations, thought as nations
Their powers remained stripped.
With Coolidge bowing from the race
In nineteen hundred and twenty-eight
Hoover came to run the game
He leaped out from the gate.
Of course the new Experiment
Had all but died after President
Lincoln said we’ll have some dead
But that’s what must be spent.
To save the nation we must do
What surely means to bid adieu
To our charter let the carter
Cart while we make new.
From that point on most heads just spun
Some tried to get the worst undone.
But no one did ever get rid
Of the damage that was done.
So by the time that Hoover came
The one thing left was just the name.
Whatever acts he chose to pass
Carried little more than blame.
The people spoke with votes they cast
The Founding Fathers words had passed.
This is what they said was smut
They would have been aghast.
Though Hoover was the scapegoat for
The Great Depression, the people swore
It was his fault, so they would vault
Above the basement floor.
Before he left the office walls
He did commit one act for all
The invisible, the divisible
Removed the towering wall.
Then came along number thirty-two.
He knew the enterprise was through.
The USA, in disarray
Was ripe for a different view.
The People long had discovered
What never could be recovered,
And what was warned, but still adorned
Ignoring such as lovers.
FDR knew all too well
The way to population quell,
Print money fast, while it did last
Before the country’s knell.
By handing out the U.S. treasure
He managed giving most some pleasure
Or at least, his words were feast
A new way forth to measure.
Since we know the Experiment
Had failed and now the government
Had its way to speed decay
To the document.
Each in his turn pushed forth his plan
To do what he thought best for man.
FDR like a Russian czar.
Became, for all, front man.
Spending money they didn’t have
Became the norm and all the rave
The people voted, then devoted
Time for fun to have.
The politicians, true to style
Promised all with their beguile.
But people still, believed their swill,
And took it with a smile.
Afar Germanic thunder storms.
Then Nipponese Zeros came in swarms,
Without such we may have clutched
To poverty as the norm.
But come it did the Second War
The unemployed would be no more.
The men came first, the numbers burst
To even up the score.
The women followed as they must
To do the tasks, to keep the thrust
Of war machines, by all means,
And work until they bust.
He died before the War could end
So Harry Truman took the wend.
With Manhattan, he followed Patton.
With airplanes, brought an end.
But as was mentioned, none would ever
Follow Founders in their endeavor.
They forged their path, with no shown wrath,
And voters said, “Whatever.”
Truman next saw an Asian squabble
And thought a new threat had to topple.
He sent troops, and worldly groups
But all they did was hobble.
Half a million, give or take
Had lost their lives for the sake
Of liberty, to keep us free
Just five years previously.
Now fifty thousand more had died
And though he cursed and tried and tried,
The people asked what had amassed.
Why had so many died?
The answers given did not disclose
Sound reasons voters would have chose.
So what they did was give the bid
To a general, and so it goes.
The general got us out of Asia
And tried to quell the gov’ment invasia
But voters said give us instead
More goodies from Eurasia
Their thirst for more was insatiable
They would not allow the abatable.
Give us more, they said before
They thought their demands inflatable.
The horse was out of the barn so to speak.
Ike had no choice but try to tweak,
Here and there, but could not spare
The Golden Goose’s shriek.
They voted Ike for one more trip
Because he seemed to right the ship.
And left alone the present drone
He embraced the script.
His second man jumped in the race
Against a man with pretty face.
Which meant a lot on TV spots
Now voters changed the chase.
Debates decided who would win
By who could put the biggest spin,
In thirty seconds, that face beckons
Let the fight begin.
It mattered not who really won,
Be it Dick or be it John.
For they both would push forth growth
Big Brother’s pols could run.
JFK was thought to protect
The little man. Did he connect?
His daddy’s wealth provided stealth.
With some he was suspect.
But let it be told he died too young
Shot in the head. Now wag the tongues
Accomplished what? Did Ike’s strut
But oh what that had sprung.
Thirty-six now had come alive
Waiting his turn to jump and jive.
A Texas boy, brought all the joy
Of poking five beehives.
Lyndon began where Franklin had left
Producing, cajoling and leaving bereft
The very few who had no clue
That freedom was gone by theft.
If ever they thought there still may be
A chance to bring back liberty
Lyndon B. made sure that he
Kept in his hands the key.
Came more Cabinets and more control
By regulations. More on the dole.
He declared he really cared.
The end of poor, his goal.
So with a war he did away
With poverty! So mark the day
When ne’er again will poor have pain
The Pres signed it away.
And once again the chief saw fit
To take us to an Asian skit.
In VietNam he rang the gong.
Because of that he quit.
That act was what brought Repubs in.
The change of party brings new spin.
But nothing changed, just rearranged
The furniture within.
The voters think the parties differ
Because one’s speech is a little stiffer.
They talk the talk but where’s the walk?
The answer’s in your sniffer.
Tricky Dick brought price controls
They proved to be some other trolls.
And wages hung on the bottom rung
And this closed up the holes?
As damage goes, he may have been
At the very top of the spin.
He took away need for assay.
To own gold was a sin.
Alas he lost the Rep’s support,
Caught in a lie his term cut short.
In disgrace he left the place
While people made him sport.
Again the public shifted gears
And chose Georgia Boy to cheers.
He’d save the day with his display
Of Brother Billy’s beers.
It sounds of a cynic when put that way
But to the voters, it was just child’s play.
Who was there in the chair
Carter did it over again,
Throwing bouquets in the gin.
More Cabinets. Hey no sweats.
And oh, he had the grin.
The song was wearing out the beat.
The Reps again were sounding sweet.
One more time they hit the chime
And Reagan heard the bleat.
He often quoted the Constitution
But words rang hollow with resolution.
His foremost actions were distractions.
He had no new solution.
Eight years on brought little change
While he rode horses on the range.
It sounded good, understood
As progress rearranged.
His quote is spoke as gospel now
By Tea Partiers who took the plough.
Gee you’d think we found the pink
To hear them all avow.
He said, “The gov’ment is not the solution.
No, it’s the problem from all its profusion.”
And even still, he pushed the swill
Faster than nuclear fusion.
SCOTUS had long become irrelevant.
All it knew was quoting precedent.
It mattered not what was sought
It simply became reticent.
A Bush became number forty-one.
As Reagan’s VP he easily won.
The press said, “George, you are a forge.”
The battle had begun.
To prove them wrong he saw his chance
A friend had taken oil askance.
So off he went to fight, he sent
Troops in to do the dance.
The TV showed a video game
Played out in real, not quite the same.
For thirty days, Baghdad ablaze,
They moved in without shame.
One hundred hours is all it took
The Republican Guard became the rook.
There was defeat, would we repeat?
Bush hoped to shake the schnook.
But more than war had done him in.
One term was all they gave to him.
When he was asked, he said no tax.
He lost on such a whim.
The people showed they wanted beauty,
Not sustenance, just vote the cutey.
So slick Willy, call him Billy
Became the next on duty.
Perfect was the man’s white hair.
He came into office to declare
He’d give to them not just the stem
But roses and a tear.
The press was liking all that he did
At least what they said they said he did.
Ignoring faults and lawless vaults
O’er morals and a quid.
The Congress passed a damning vote
Calling him a bloody shoat.
Impeachment of a president,
The second time to gloat.
He withstood that and accusations
Of mistreating women through sexual relations.
He came out without a doubt
Still loved by all the nations.
Bill left the office of the chief
To watch the race between his Veep
And yet another, to follow his father
But the climb was steep.
Al Gore and Bush the second now
Became the news, the country scowled.
Who really won, who would run
And who would take the bow.
For several months we watched the race
Counting chads and searching trace.
But not one vote could rock the boat
So SCOTUS made the brace.
As if the country hadn’t had
Enough division from the chad.
They formed up camps, that stank as ramps,
As each their armor clad.
However much they cussed at each other
They knew too well and fussed at each other
There wasn’t much difference such,
That these men trussed with each other.
The proof is in the pudding they say
And Bush proved that with his display.
He varied none from those who’d come
Before with their decay.
He did encounter two glaring events
Shortly upon becoming president,
They gave him starts, made him a part
Of what man’s history presents.
The other side would have none of it.
“Excuses, blah! You son of it.”
They gave no room, just called for gloom
With him, they were done with it.
He smiled and said he would take charge.
He gave the economy a supercharge,
With big tax cuts while called a putz
It came back from his barge.
The other act was a tragedy
The country set in agony.
So at first all had thirst
The people finally seemed to agree
That justice be done by the land of the free.
But soon enough, all the tough
Had cooled off by degree.
When Bush made case to take the attack
To the Middle East, against Iraq,
The other side would not abide
And said he was a hack.
He also went to Afghanistan
Hunting down just one bad man.
But did not find the one assigned.
Again “Another scam?”
He used what was placed in front him
Creating more mayhem in which to swim.
He pushed the cause, just because
He could, then went to the gym.
Forty-four was a colossal surprise.
For as bad as was the country’s demise,
Still the shock, because the flock
Had voted in nothing but lies.
The experiment failed less than one hundred in.
The Founders knew this could happen and then?
If you had read what they had said
You’d know they feared we’d sin.
The electorate voted for a man unknown
With very few facts being written in stone.
Even when asked, “What is your past?”
He refused with a hideous groan.
But elect him they did, nevertheless
Refusing to say he wasn’t the best.
But everyone must not think it is just
To hope for the past with a zest.
He told the electorate with ardor he would
Transform this country the best that he could.
He had the votes to change the coats
He’d completely been understood.
There’s a part of this country that thinks they still
Can change it back with paper and quill.
They hold sway there’ll come a day
The U.S. will follow their will.
Sorry my friends it is not in the cards.
Too many, the masses who now are the guards,
Will never give up, their hands in the cup
While you must all give them regards.
The hope that I give to the misgiven people:
Start it anew, stop being sheeple.
Create your own, the other’s been blown.
Make yours with much taller steeples.