America, On Any Given Day

Preacherman say,
There’s a god up in heaven.
Loved you enough to make hell,
Eat your bread with no leaven.

Gambler say,
Seven come eleven.
Mathematician say,
Six before seven.

Policeman say,
Time to walk the beat.
Another unarmed black man,
Lies dead in the street.

Businessman say,
Accept pennies for your work.
Wipes his forehead with a money roll,
That dude’s a real jerk.

Two men wanna make love,
Politician get angry and vent.
Oil man say time for war,
Politician say “Where you want the troops sent?”

An oldie but goodie:
“Livin’ In The USA”
Scenes from America;
On Any Given Day.

Dave Henderson
Denison, Texas

On French Bums and American Businessmen

French bums and American businessmen,
They pretty much the same.
Each live a life of dependency,
Each got their own game.

French bum live off handouts,
From the local grocery store.
Come next time he be hungry,
He be comin’ back for more.

American businessman live off labor,
Of others who do his work.
Pays out pennies on the dollars made,
I call this dude a jerk.

French bums and American businessmen,
They pretty much the same.
French bum live off handouts,
Survival is his game.

French bums and American businessmen,
They pretty much the same.
Businessman live off work of others,
Exploitation is his game.

French bums and American businessmen,
They pretty much the same.
Each live a life of dependency,
Each got their own game.

Dave Henderson
Denison, Texas

Content and Discreet

Content to be a wage slave,
I sing praises to the USA.
Better to be like everyone else,
Than to seek a better way.

Content to pledge allegiance,
To the flag of imperial rule.
If not brain washed at home,
What better place than in school?

Content to defend the rights,
Of plutocrats to exploit the rest.
Better that the poor stay hungry,
Than that there be social unrest.

Content that the few have the most,
And that the many provide for the elite.
Best to lower your eyes and submit,
And to be quiet and discreet.

Just who was Herbert Marcuse,
To critique one dimensional man?
Better to let as is be,
Than to think out a more humane plan.

Content to be a wage slave,
I sing praises to the USA.
Better to conform and comply,
Than to seek a more humane way.

Dave Henderson
Denison, Texas

On Mother Earth and Common Rights

Air and land,
Our common domain.
Our rights to the resources,
Are equal and the same.

Air and land,
Not for private claim.
Nor for sell,
Nor for private gain.

The earth is not yours,
The earth is not mine.
The earth sustains us each.
A concept so sublime.

Air and land,
Our common domain.
Our rights to the resources,
Are equal and the same.

Dave Henderson
Denison, Texas

Damn The Socialists!

Damn the Socialists!
Damn them all to Hell!!
Those thieves of personal rights,
On behalf of the common welfare!!

Vile vermin!
Bleeding hearts with no spine!!
They would deny a man the right,
To exploit the services of human kind!!

How dare the Liberal scum,
Deny me the right to claim as mine!
The air, the land, and the profits,
And to pocket the most as mine!!

How dare the pinko commies,
Claim that profits are for the common good!
When I could invest the profits for my personal benefit,
As every good businessman should!!

How dare these bleeding hearts,
Deny a self made man the right to keep for himself!
The profits from the labor of others,
Who are mere minions and laboring elves!!

How dare those pinko Libs,
Be more concerned with poverty.
Than with legislation which functions,
To provide even more for me!!!

Damn the Socialists!
Damn them all to Hell!!
Those thieves of personal rights,
On behalf of the common welfare!!

Dave Henderson
Denison, Texas

On Humanity and The Fundamentals of Socialism

I maintain that most people are actually socialists and simply do not realize such to be the case. The reason being, I believe most people are decent deep down inside.

You ask a person: “Do you believe that every person has a natural right to food, water, shelter, and medical care in time of need?”; then if their answer is “yes”; then that person believes in the fundamental principles of socialism. You ask a person: “Do you believe every person has the right to exploit the circumstances of other people for their own personal profit; even if people, especially children, suffer in the process?”; then if their answer is “no”; then that person does NOT believe in the fundamental principles of Capitalism.

I repeat: I believe that most people are socialists and do not realize it, because I believe most people are decent deep down inside.

On the Uninformed and the Ill Informed

I truly believe that most people are uninformed and ill informed as to the social immorality which is the American way of life.

I look at my own circumstance, and for my part, I honestly did not know of the social immorality of our system; and that it dated to day one when the Euromaniacs landed here in 1492 and subsequently tortured, murdered, exploited and then starved out local Natives; all to feed the greed of the monied interests in Spain. You know, you just don’t get taught that stuff in school.

I think most people are honestly ill informed,and are just so busy trying to survive everyday life to take the time to research and learn the atrocities which are and have been the American way of life. I personally never realized until I did some serious research and labored over several books of the systematic and oftentimes violent exploitation of humanity which has been our history and which is “the American way of life”. I knew that we did the Native Americans wrong, but I certainly did not know to what extent. I never realized that we systematically murdered and displaced people whose sole crime was living on land coveted by filthy greedy plutocrats who bribed the government to murder and displace entire civilizations of people on their behalf. And I certainly would never have connected the dots as to the fact that such was done globally as well, all throughout our history. I never knew until I did some serious research that our country invaded Nicaragua several times between the 1850s and 1890s; nor did I know that during that same span we invaded China, Japan, Africa, and the Philippines; each and every time on behalf of corporate interests. I tell you, when I read of how we tortured and murdered the Philipinos on behalf of the Dole Fruit Company in the 1890’s I could hardly stand to even see a can of Dole fruit on the shelf at the Grocery Store And I never knew that our CIA overthrew the government of Iran in 1953 on behalf of Standard Oil (now BP). And I never knew that our own government burned children alive in their mother’s arms on behalf of the Mining industry in the early 20th Century. I certainly never knew that our troops fired on WWI vets who were marching to DC demanding decent care after returning from war. And I only in the past few years have come to know of ALEC and the Koch Brothers, and their successful efforts to bribe our Nationally elected officials to pass legislation in their interests. I simply did not know. I was uninformed, and worse yet I was ill informed.

I tell you people, the best thing I ever did in my life was to turn off Rush Limbaugh after 20 years as a faithful listener to his propaganda on behalf of those who exploit people’s lives and circumstances, and began studying the system which has created the poverty which allows people to remain in such circumstances. The realization that our entire system has always been and continues to this day to be based upon the exploitation of people’s circumstances and daily services was a tough pill for me to swallow. I am still irritated at myself for being so easily misled, uninformed, and ill informed; and I am beyond irritated at the realization that ours is an immoral way of life, driven by people who only view their fellow human being as a commodity to exploit. We should be ashamed to pass ourselves off as a society founded on goodness; and we should repent of such and start utilizing wealth on behalf of the poor, instead of utilizing the poor on behalf of the wealthy.

A Man Named Ted

Folks, let me tell you about a man named Ted,
The poor Republican, has gone and lost his head.
Heard some rumor bout an invasion by the Feds!
And that’s what’s botherin’ our crazy, looney Ted!!!

“Exercise”,
“So they say!!”
“CONSPIRACY!!!”

Well, the first thing you know,
The Right Wing all GOT SCARED!!!
The Governor told The Guard:
“Git your butts out there”!!!!

“And if you lack the troops,
Go find any local Church!
Be plenty armed Christians there,
That’ll help defend our turf!!!

Texas that is!
Lone Star State!!
Once a REPUBLIC!!!

THE TEXAS CONSPIRACY THEORISTS!!!

(Ya’ll stay out of Texas now;
Ya heauh????)

Dave Henderson
Denison, Texas

It Is Up To Us (With or Without God)

39 years ago today, my sisters and myself were involved in an automobile wreck in which our AMC Gremlin was hit by a train. The AMC Gremlin was a nice economic vehicle in those days. However; our AMC Gremlin did not stand up well against train collisions. Good enough however to allow all four occupants to live to tell the tale, even now so many years later.

Now, there are those who are privy to the circumstances of that incident who say that “someone was watching over us that day”. I say that if “someone was watching over us that day”, then the train never would have hit us in the first place.

You see, I do not believe in the providence of God.
Nor do I believe in the protection of God.
Nor do I believe in the punishment of God.

What I believe in is the existence of a universe of natural principles which is completely indifferent to the well being of anyone and everyone.

I believe in the suffering of an empty stomach.
I believe in the suffering of the person who is homeless.
I believe in the suffering of the maimed and the mutilated who suffer the effects of national wars.

I believe in the effects of suffering.

I also believe that whatever happens in terms of the natural universe simply happens.

If the train hits your car so as to kill you, then that happens.
If the tree falls on the unsuspecting child and kills the tot on the spot, then that happens.
If the baby is born with Cancer, and lives a short and miserable life of suffering and premature decay before experiencing the release of death; then that happens.

Frankly, it seems to me that if there is a god (or gods); then she, he, or they; have left us on our own.

And so we exist; and so we co-exist.

On our own.

Which means that we of humanity are responsible.

We are responsible for anything within our control.

And if we opt to sublet that responsibility to our personal conception of an interactive, all powerful deity, then we fail ourselves, and we fail humanity.

If we simply trust god to feed the hungry, then the hungry will continue to suffer.
If we simply trust god to shelter the homeless, then the homeless will continue to suffer.
If we simply trust god to care for the ill, then the sick will continue to suffer.

Anything that will be accomplished, will be accomplished through us.

Pray to your god if you must, but limit your trust to what she, he, or they may do through us.

For the fact is, that faith without works is useless.

Even the Bible says so: James 2:14-17

So whether you be a spiritual Christian, a diligent Muslim, a peaceable Hindu, or even a cynical Atheist like myself; realize this:

If we of humanity do not trust in and act upon our natural sense of kindness and compassion; then it does not matter whether your god exists or not.

Because any efforts to alleviate suffering; will be done through the efforts of humanity.

With or without “god”.

Dave Henderson
Denison, Texas

The Concept of Society

Any system which fails to alleviate the suffering of people is a system in need of whatever changes are necessary to meet that end. For there is no end to be sought which allows for suffering. There is no principle to promote which allows for suffering. There is no pledge to utter which allows for suffering. There is no god to worship who allows for suffering. The primary objective of any society; whether such is a family, a city, a state, or a nation; is to alleviate suffering at all other costs.

The common good is the primary goal of any society. Any system which seeks the common good; not by mere lip service to the notion, but by effectual accomplishment to that end, is a system worthy of implementation. Any system which allows for anyone to be housed, should see to it that everyone is housed. Any system which allows for anyone to eat, should see to it that no one is hungry. Any system which offers healthcare for anyone, should see to it that there is healthcare for everyone. Any aspect of any system which hinders the effort to house, feed, and care for every single person, is an aspect of the system which should be at the very least modified and revised; and if necessary removed and replaced.

The care of every person is the primary objective of a society.
Anyone who does not grasp that concept, does not understand the concept of society.

Peace to all; prosperity for all; and joy to the world.

Dave Henderson
Denison, Texas