by Cpl. Robert Lin Cook
Jan 1942-Sep 1945

Republicans, they say,
are busy every day
in the interest of
big business
of the land.

On the other hand. . .

Democrats, I am told,
acting big
and acting bold
want to give away
all that they can.

Now I have lived
beneath them both
and I will take a
sacred oath: I can’t tell 
a bit a difference.
Ya’ understand?

The taxes
they go on
and I wake up
every dawn
knowin’ that time 
will never change ‘em.

And the budget
of which I hear
is wrote in figures
I hold dear
and will never be
enuf to satisfy 'em.

The Senate and
the Congress
don’t seem to 
understand us,
all we want 
is a fair share
of the land.

We don’t need
a handout
of freebies
that will stand out
as a gift to the
people from the man.

Just give us jobs aplenty
where we can make a penny
and pay for all the stuff
we think we need.

Try to keep the country going,
the economy a growing
and we will vote for you
each time we can.

For this is America
the land of milk
and honey,
most of us love it more
than a bucket full of money,
and we will fight
to keep it our land.
Amen.
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The author: Robert Lin Cook served with Regimental Weapons Co. (2d-2d) from 1942-44, at Guadalcanal and Tarawa during a 33-month overseas tour.

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