‘Straight Thuggery’ of the GOP, Time’s Up

Harry Litman’s interview on ‘All In with Chris Hayes’ inspired my inner poet

“Stupefying” said the former deputy assistant attorney general Harry Litman to Chris Hayes on “All In” (#inners) on Jan. 31, 2018.

Litman was responding to Hayes’ inquiry regarding what he thought of President Trump’s direct question to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. Trump reportedly pressured Rosenstein to respond to the question, “Are you on my team?

Litman described Trump’s behavior overall as “straight thuggery.”

That hit me like a ton of bricks. It perfectly described the behavior of the Republican Party over the past two years, which has totally morphed into Trump’s GOP.

And I was inspired to write this:

STRAIGHT THUGGERY — TIME’S UP

A million women you ignore
A million immigrants you deplore
A million black kids you denigrate
A million black men you incarcerate
G.O.P. can’t you see?
This is straight thuggery!

Time’s up. Time’s up.
Time’s up. Time’s up.

You sell the guns that target lives
You abuse our daughters, sisters and wives
You segregate our communities
Depriving our kids of opportunities
G.O.P. can’t you see?
This is straight thuggery!

Time’s up. Time’s up.
Time’s up. Time’s up.

Multiculturalism is your enemy
While Russia’s Putin is your frenemy
Pathological lies are your refrain
Like Make America Great Again
G.O.P. can’t you see?
This is straight thuggery!

Time’s up. Time’s up.
Time’s up. Time’s up.

Obama’s audacity gave us hope
#Metoo movement helped us cope
Your Trump dumped our global integrity
His war on us all spread incredulity
G.O.P. can’t you see?
This is straight thuggery!

Time’s up. Time’s up.
Time’s up. Time’s up.

2,000 blatant lies and counting
While Mueller’s charges are still mounting
Still we resist
While you persist
G.O.P. can’t you see?
This is straight thuggery!

America’s future is inclusive, not exclusive
Supremacy is past, it’s not conducive
To fostering love, justice and peace
These battles you wage must now cease
G.O.P. can’t you see?
This is straight thuggery!

Time’s up. Time’s up.
Time’s up. Time’s up.

A million women you ignore
A million immigrants you deplore
A million black kids you denigrate
A million black men you incarcerate
G.O.P. can’t you see?
This is straight thuggery!

Time’s up. Time’s up.

#Timesup.

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I’m no musical talent, but I think these lyrics could be put to music. With upcoming elections this year, I could see these words on protest signs. Maybe we could advance the movement sparked by one famous Golden Globes award recipient.

Thanks for your inspiration, Oprah!