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A Little Historical Afterthought – Political satire in the shape of Psalm 23

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Mr. Roosevelt is my shepherd,
And I am in want.
He maketh me to lie down on park benches,
He leadeth me beside still factories,
He disturbeth my soul.
He leadeth me in the paths of destitution for his party’s sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of the Depression,
I anticipate no recovery, for he is with me;
His policies, his diplomacies, they frighten me.
He prepareth a reduction in my income,
And in the presence of mine enemies,
He anointeth my small income with taxes;
My expenses runneth over.
Surely, unemployment, want, and poverty shall follow me all the days of my life,
And I shall dwell in a mortgaged home forever. Amen.


I cannot seem find the author or a proper original source for this, although my lazy 5 minutes of looking for one certainly doesn’t mean an author or proper original source cannot be found. If someone knows, please add it in the comments, and proper citation and respect shall be given. This piece has been around since the 1930s, obviously, yet every word still seems to ring true as we live and breath at this very point on this very day. That is exactly the type of political satire and poetry that I personally find both beautiful and historically important, and that is why I wish to share this. Please do the same. Cheers!

Written by Morten Rolland

May 29, 2012 at 5:25 pm

A Little Historical Afterthought

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Time: 1995. Place: Washington. Event: 104th U.S. Congress, 1st Session, Vote# 98

Fronted by the Republican Party in 1995 as part of the Contract With America, a vote had passed in the House of Representatives for an amendment of the Constitution that would require the federal government to keep a balanced budget unless it was sanctioned by a 3/5 majority vote in both houses of Congress. It were to be rejected in the Senate, where the amendment was 2 votes short of the 2/3 majority vote needed.

What do I think? 33 Democrats voted against the amendment out of spite after the Republican landslide of 1994, and 2 Republicans voted against the amendment out of political stupidity. With a federal government literally unable to issue deficit spending budgets, this amendment could have kept the Bush administration from waging expensive undeclared wars and could have kept the Obama administration from introducing gross economic interventions. This means that a coming depression likely worse than the Great Depression of the 1930s could have been avoided had it not been for 35 individuals in Washington. Thanks.