15 September, 2018

These Truths Never Lapsed!




 6 November 2018 - A Crisis that Again will Try Our Souls

Before we vote how we want in our struggle to choose, 
And feel like kingmakers for a day, 
We should sit in our homes and think of old truths, 
And ponder what they seem to say. 

For it isn’t a person, a poll, or some partisan jibes, 
Whose verdicts on our votes will last. 
The judgment that counts above all in our civic lives 
Is the one history will ultimately cast! 

America’s foundational precepts are clear and concise. 
They’ve transcended the tests of both trouble and time, 
The ongoing flow of events will charge us with vice 
 If our votes confer power on corrupt, greedy swine! 

We may rejoice at the outcome and beat on a drum, 
And think we’re both fortunate and sly, 
But if history shows we’ve elected a vile and venomous bum 
Then, we’ll struggle to tell our children why. 

We can revel and laugh in the ensuing years, 
And argue that any problems won’t last, 
But our final reward will be infamy and tears 
If we betray the ennobling truths dispatched from America’s past! 

Larry Conley
16 September 2018



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13 September, 2018

America's Creed!




America’s self-conception is described by our Declaration
It proclaims a set of premises about what it means to be our Nation.
Its purposes and promises are detailed in the Constitution,
But their actual fulfillment has had a long and arduous evolution.

America’s self-conception is described by our Declaration
It proclaims a set of premises about what it means to be our Nation.
Its purposes and promises are detailed in the Constitution,
But their practical realization has had a long and arduous evolution.

America’s officials are elected to govern, not to rule.
Just power is not a weapon, but a tool.
Elected office is a chance to mend each fault and fissure,
It is not a sinecure for making oneself richer.

Power must be an instrument of progress, not selfish gain
Those who seek to use it meanly the nation’s honor stain;
Every agency and officer must act to secure every person’s rights;
Whether the persons are the Blacks, Browns, Reds, Yellows, or Whites.

America’s Republic forms one and one people - indivisible;
Words and deeds that disrupt our unity are frankly impermissible.
All authentically patriotic Americans to the banner
Of assuring liberty and justice for all in a firm and honorable manner.

Now we once again face times that try our souls;
Will, we stand by America’s ideals and struggle for its goals?
Without a renewed commitment of lives, fortunes, and sacred honor,
The last, best hope of humankind may soon become a goner.

Will we prove to be sunshine patriots and summer soldiers?
Or will we find the courage to take this burden on our shoulders?
Will we find the courage celebrated in our stories and songs?
And rise in unity and right many of the wrongs.

Although times are turbulent, the battle rages; but is not lost;
Now, every true American patriot must pony up the cost.
Let us resume the struggle to bring our principles to be;
And ensure treachery will no more stain the banner of the free

If America is ever to become what it is meant and ought to be,
Every one of us must assume and well perform our solemn duty
Our hallowed Republic and its Constitutional ideals
Will never be firmly realized while many blithely cool their heels,

America’s Creed is splendid and no burden to defend
But if words don’t spur our actions, our shame will never end.
Every sworn and silent enemy must be confronted and defeated.
 Citizens must affirm and advance the Creed until its realization is completed!

So, my dear compatriots, there's not much more to say.
The crucial question remains: “Will we rally and save the day?”
Despite our differences, we are all equally human,
And the dictum driving us forward must be “E Pluribus Unum!”


R. Lawrence Conley

12 September 2018



Racial slurs and racist threats at various PA schools and school events prompted me to write this.

For a long time, I have thought and said that too many of our compatriots are American by nationality only, but are unamerican in word and deed. As Henry Wallace correctly said:

                         “It may be shocking to some people in this country to
                          realize that, without meaning to do so, they hold views in
                          common with Hitler when they preach discrimination
                          against other religious, racial or economic groups.”

It is high time and long past for every citizen of goodwill to affirm and advance the true meaning of America's Creed!


“We can’t all be Washingtons, but we can all be patriots.” - Charles F. Browne

“There is much more to being a patriot and a citizen than reciting the pledge or raising a flag.” - Jesse Ventura

“Posterity: you will never know how much it has cost the present generation to preserve your freedom. I hope you will make good use of it.” - President John Quincy Adams

True patriotism hates injustice in its own land more than anywhere else.” ~Clarence Darrow

“Patriotism is not short, frenzied outbursts of emotion, but the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime.” ― Adlai E. Stevenson II

06 September, 2018

For Which It Stands!




When we stand in our classroom as custom oft commands
We say the pledge as a ritual but with weak ardor and little thought
For the flag has no importance without the “Republic for which it stands.”
We must now show our commitment to doing what we ought!

The flag is just fabric in the colors red, white, and blue
The object of our allegiance is much more than a banner
And by our loyalties and efforts, we’ll make the Constitution true
As American patriots, we must always act in an honorable manner.

Since 1789, all patriotic citizens of goodwill, and fine ambition   
Have had a solemn duty to do all they could do
To advance the struggle to bring America’s promises to fruition
It is not to a party or person, but to ideals; we must be true!

Despite the passing time and all the mistakes, we’ve made
If we are people of our words with courage
America and Americans can finally make the grade.
Through every day, by every deed, we must embody honorable carriage.

In stadiums and elsewhere when the National Anthem's heard
Let us recall our solemn loyalty pledge
And let us kneel and keep our word
In this time that tries our souls, we must go to the edge!

For no tune can bestow honor or rouse nationalistic pride
If we scorn and scold the few, the brave
Who have freedom, truth, and justice on their side
Anyone who stands against them may be a traitor or a knave.

Our pledge is to something that’s real, but not visible
It is to a brave ideal of unity
That makes America one Nation, indivisible!
Our ongoing efforts must strive to build the Beloved Community.

The burden is upon each of us to rally to the call
And do anything that needs to be done 
To realize Liberty and Justice for all!
Until these apply to every American, the battle remains unwon!




Larry Conley
6 September 2018


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28 August, 2018

We Few!






“We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;”
For they that fight and suffer for just causes
They are our brothers, and we hold no one higher.
Our bonds were forged in the heat of battle
We were baptized in the struggle by fury and fire.

Be their fate err so marvelous or be it so vile,
They shall ever be recalled with abiding affection;
Let none besmirch their honor or deny their claim
What they earned is worth more than fortune;
And far more durable than fame.

Some who shied away from this dubious war,
Did so, not on principle, but due to fear
Protesters had honor; but not so the craven curs.
They made no stand and spoke not one doubt,
But merely sulked in the shade of bone spurs!

From the moments of our varied tribulation
Until the death of the last among us
Let us make sure it can be honestly said
Neither torment nor torturous trauma
Kept us from living well until we were dead.

The petulant and petty both prominent and obscure
All of us know beyond doubt,
Will be callous and vindictive to the absolute last
But in the hearts of all good patriots and true
The flag will long fly respectfully at half-mast! 

Though some have smeared many you
And dismissed your numerous good deeds
Not one of you thought patriotism was a game.
You were firm while they were weak sneaks
Your abiding legacy these waffling weaklings cannot fame.  

So, my brothers in protest and my brothers in arms,
Rest peacefully now; you are beyond pain
We will carry on with the glorious quest
Remembering your bravery and applauding your worth
As you finally go on to your well-deserved rest!


Larry Conley















20 July, 2018

Trump's Treacherous Conceit




Trump’s Treacherous Conceit 


Countless suffer tonight from Trump’s treacherous conceit
Millions struggle tonight with Trump’s treacherous conceit
It came down like thunder and crossed every line
Ripped up our social fabric and ruptured the ties that bind
It sets America on a precipitous pathway to defeat
Trump’s treacherous conceit

Bond’s broke tonight from Trump’s treacherous conceit
Alliances have been shaken by Trump’s treacherous conceit
He steps onto the podium and shows he’s lacking a soul
Over his self-serving urges, he has no control
Ain't nothing too discreet about Trump’s treacherous conceit

People are endangered daily by Trump’s treacherous conceit
Lives may be lost soon due to Trump’s treacherous conceit
He respects no promise and doesn’t care what we want
What the rest of us admire, he loves to flaunt
He's riddled with rot like a spoiled piece of meat
Because of that treacherous conceit

Trump’s treacherous conceit is a disease malignant and rare
Various remedies have been tried, but none got anywhere
Countless suffer tonight from Trump’s treacherous conceit
Millions struggle tonight with Trump’s treacherous conceit

He’s got delusions of grandeur and an evil eye
Thinks he is great, but nobody knows why
Seventy-inches of bullshit from his head to his feet
Trump’s a monument to treacherous conceit


With gratitude and respect to Bob Dylan

14 July, 2018

Here's to the RepubliCON Party



Here's to the RepubliCON Party,
For underneath its banners, evil draws no lines,
In its haughty rhetoric, countless falsehoods you will find.
Party fat cats finance bald-faced lies time after time,
The calendar is lyin' when it reads the present time.
Whoa here's to every citizen you've poisoned the heart of,
RepubliCONs find yourself another country to be part of!

And here's to people in the RepubliCON Party
Who claim liberals and centrists, just don't understand
And tremble in subservience to Neo-Nazis and the Klan
Tears and sweat can't wash the blood off their hands
They smile and shrug their shoulders at the cruelty of a man
So, here's to every citizen you've poisoned the heart of,
RepubliCONs find yourself another country to be part of!

And here's pundits and scholars in the RepubliCON Party
Who prattle and preach to citizens that they don't have to care
Stoking resentments and hatred among people everywhere
Their every program or policy stokes suspicion and despair
Not a one champions equality anytime or anywhere
Whoa here's to every citizen you've poisoned the heart of,
RepubliCONs find yourself another country to be part of!

And here's to due process under the RepubliCON Party
The spewing of bigotry and racism has resumed with a roar
Biases blind them to justice as they knock you to the floor
No, they like to push up the body count in a private racist war
Their tarnished badges hide murderers by the score
Oh, here's to every citizen you've poisoned the heart of,
RepubliCONs find yourself another country to be part of!

And, here's to the new Justices from the RepubliCON Party
Who wear robes of honor as they slither into the court
They guard all bastions of the patriarchy they support
And justice is a stranger to those with whom they consort
Minority and women's rights will always come up short
So, here's to every citizen you've poisoned the heart of,
RepubliCONs find yourself another country to be part of!

And here's to governance by the RepubliCON Party
In the swamp, they’ve created through greed and power lust
Criminals pose as Senators and Mayors to gain our trust
And they hope we won’t see the sights or hear the sounds
Of their speeches that resemble ravings of demented clowns
Oh, here's to every citizen you've poisoned the heart of,
RepubliCONs find yourself another country to be part of!

And here's to the laws under the RepubliCON Party
RepubliCON officials gather all the loot their patrons will pay
While our Constitution they assiduously dishonor and betray
Contraception does not matter, and men rule in every way
Yes, misogyny is pervasive when the RepubliCONs hold sway
Whoa here's to every citizen you've poisoned the heart of,
RepubliCONs find yourself another country to be part of!

And here's to pastors and preachers in the RepubliCON Party 
While wrapped in the flag and brandishing a cross, 
Put both patriotism and piety forever at a loss
And sermonize on Sunday morning to justify power lust
As fallen heroes and martyrs are trampled in the dust
It seems blatantly obvious in what malicious God they trust
So, here's to every citizen you've poisoned the heart of,
RepubliCONs find yourself another country to be part of!


Larry Conley

14 July 2018



With gratitude and respect to Phil Ochs [Here’s-to-the-State-of-Mississippi]

Photo credit: http://jobsanger.blogspot.com/2014/11/gop-Venn-diagram.html

04 July, 2018

A Patriot’s Creed




I believe in America’s Constitutional Republic
As an instrument for responsible governance
Of all the people,
By representatives of the people,
For the good of all the people.


An instrument whose just powers derive solely
From the consent of the governed;
A government existing to secure the inherent rights of all citizens;
With equal privileges, immunities, and protections of law,
For all people and malice toward none.

I believe this Republic is one and indivisible;
Established upon the principles
Of liberty, equality, equity, and liberality
To which all authentically patriotic Americans
Commit their Lives, their Fortunes, and their Sacred Honor.

These are also times that try our souls;
Will we prove to be sunshine patriots and summer soldiers?
Or will we find the courage to rise and right the wrongs,
And make our nation once again true, honorable, and whole?
Though times are turbulent the battle continues; it is not lost;
Now, every true American patriot must pony up the cost.
Let us resume the struggle to bring our ideals to be;
And ensure no treacherous claim any longer stains the banner of the free

Furthermore, I believe I owe a duty
To this hallowed Republic to love it,
Support its Constitution,
Champion its ideals,
And further their realization.

Also, to preserve, protect, and defend it
Against all enemies whether they be foreign or domestic.
In executive suites, armed gangs, public office, or fanatical sects.
And that any people betraying or threatening our Constitutional Republic
Are personal adversaries, who I am honor bound to oppose!


R. Lawrence Conley
04 July 2018