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Swift thou shouldst be living at this hour



America has need of you. We are a swamp
Of muddled, mangled meanings.
Corrupted people
Say whatever works
The words uncoupled from the truth
Jobs are actually tax cuts
Healthcare is actually tax cuts
Freedom is the right to die
The baby whom sarin kills
The child washed up on the shores of the Aegean
Does not
Orwell saw this coming
But it's that Swift voice we need,
That fury, that savage indignation
To lacerate the heart to outrage,
That tell us who we are

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