No power without accountability – Fridays with Billy

I grew up in a company town 

And I worked real hard ’til that company closed down 
They gave my job to another man 
On half my wages in some foreign land 
And when I asked how could this be 
Any good for our economy? 
I was told nobody cares 
So long as they make money when they sell their shares 

Can you hear us? Are you listening? 
No power without accountability! 

Later on Billy says “I guess its true, nobody cares/’Til those petrol bombs come spinning through the air” and I’m not sure I agree with that, but when he says “The ballot box is no guarantee that we achieve democracy/Our leaders claim their victory when only half the people have spoken” what I hear is: Get.Out.The.Vote.

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4 Comments

  1. dmf

     /  February 10, 2012

    for friday and the long fight

    Aftermath Of A Ballot Cast

    Holding back…
    Not wanting to count the chickens
    before they hatch
    Braving the winter winds
    First the oath and we the people
    Listen pensively, hopefully as he
    pledges before God and man to
    protect…care
    Take a stand…For good and new
    happenings
    To service a nation-a people
    Who portrayed their trust through
    ballot
    Now walking as if to battle
    Armored with his promise, rare
    determination and smile
    This seemingly gentle man walking,
    His first lady keeping stride at his
    side
    And the rest of us following their
    lead
    Biding our time but feeling already
    The warm flowing tide of the new
    spirit
    Getting the feeling that he and we
    are old friends.

    This was written at the time of President Jimmy Carter’s inauguration.

    Dorothy (Alves) Holmes

  2. dmf

     /  February 14, 2012

    GOP extends their loathing to poorer white people:

    http://onpoint.wbur.org/2012/02/14/charles-murray

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