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James Bredin

Communist and human rights guys run Toronto downtown,
Where homeless, panhandlers and pompous politicians abound,
Where careless criminals with guns sometimes up and shoot,
And not one of them has ever been known to give a hoot.

But we have caused these problem youths to be as they are,
Left wing socialist welfare system gone soft and bizarre,
Managed marginalized monsters - "Just another holdup!"
Because the soft justice system seems to have gone belly up.

They have their human rights and they can’t be sent to jail,
"What’s that! He’s out on three different gun-shooting bails."
And when there is an encounter and then an assault,
When certain papers investigate, it’s the cops who are at fault.

And you’re not allowed to point out this mad social impasse,
Journalists could get frowned on by the boardroom or the brass,
Politicians listen as criminals and street people bark,
Talk to those who pee on the street or often live in the park.

As street people complain about being left out in the cold,
No reason to work with programs and shelters they’re told,
Transitional housing and drop-in centers for them galore,
But without proper laws and leadership we’re the socialist whore.

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