The Two Bums (lyrics by Utah Philips)

Rather than mess around providing commentary for this, I thought I’d just let the words of an old folk song – as recorded by Utah Philips – say what should be said. I’ve had this song in my head for quite a while, now, and I think I’ll pick up my We Have Fed You All a Thousand Years album and listen to it again.

The Two Bums

The bum on the rods is hunted down
As the enemy of mankind;
The other is driven around to his club
Is feted, wined and dined.

And they who curse the bum on the rods
As the essence of all that is bad,
Will greet the other with a winning smile
And extend him the hand so glad.

The bum on the rods is a social flea
Who gets an occasional bite;
The bum on the plush is a social leech,
Blood-sucking day and night.

The bum on the rods is a load so light
That his weight we scarcely feel,
But it takes the labor of dozens of men
To furnish the other a meal.

As long as you sanction the bum on the plush,
The other will always be there,
But rid yourself of the bum on the plush
And the other will disappear.

Then make an intelligent, organized kick,
Get rid of the weights that crush;
Don’t worry about the bum on the rods,
Get rid of the bum on the plush!

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From Suppression to Enfranchisement in Ohio

I’m sure the Republicans will find a way to fuck things up for the less fortunate – after all, how can you pull yourself up by your bootstraps without Republicans to knock you down to your knees? – but an Ohio judge ruled yesterday that the homeless can register park benches as valid addresses when voting.  He also ruled that a vote cannot be discarded due to poll worker errors.

So it looks at the moment as though a whole lot more people will be getting to vote and have their sovereignty respected – in Ohio, anyway.


Voter Purge: Ohio Edition

Just your daily update on what’s going on in the world of disenfranchisement: Ohio is questioning the ballots of 200,000 newly registered voters, siding with Republicans who questioned them.