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The Web Poetry Corner - James Bredin - We have our own problems

We have our own problems

by

James Bredin

Think about referendums, recall, impeachment - stuff like that,
Not soldiers in Afghanistan - cheap jeeps and mortal combat,
Think if we could vote for senators or maybe even judges,
Could we influence politicians with more than just nudges?

Why be in it up to our necks -- this weird international stuff?
How can we overlook our own in-house problems - more than enough?
Jamie Murphy didn’t want to get killed so very far away,
Without referendums or recall - just political decay.

In the global scheme of things Canada is far from being big,
Same population as California with refugees hid,
We can’t call the shots though we’re in the UN and G8,
And NATO and Afghanistan getting killed for who’s sake?

We don’t have property rights and can’t ask the right questions,
Through the fog of parliament and party enforced elections,
We’re so low, we’re not allowed to vote for our own prime minister,
And why do you think that this suggestion is downright sinister?


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