by Cpl. Robert Lin Cook
Jan 1942-Sep 1945

If I was the President
I’ll tell you what I’d do,
I’d knock off all the
foreign aid and
I’d collect every sou.
There would not be 
a single dime
that I'd give away
until our country
was standing tall in
each and every way.

Before I'd give out dough
I’d make damn sure
that we had full control
of all the dole that
went from me to thee.
I’d hang any culprit
who dared to take a buck,
I’d let him know 
without a doubt
that we'd surely
take him out.

It would not matter
much to me
what color you'd be,
if you had bad intentions
that is enough for me.
With all the money
we would save,
free college
I would give away.

No family would be
without insurance
that would not give out,
I’d make damn sure
we could stand alone
and stand free of any
oil skulduggery. 

If our friends
we cannot buy
that’s okay with me,
if our money
is all they want then
kiss 'em all goodbye.
We built this land
from nothing with
guts and sweaty brawn,
we can do it over
so let us carry on.
Semper Fi!

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The author: Robert Lin Cook served with Reg. Weapons Co. (2d-2d) from 1942-44, at Guadalcanal and Tarawa, during a 33-month overseas tour.

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If I Was The President