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They could be verse: Musharraf, Mukasey & Ryan

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Rick Horowitz
November 8, 2007
If people wore signs that said “This Is a Good One”
Or “This Is a Bad One”

With no in-between,


The world would be simple


With no ambiguity,


Easy to figure who’s dirty, who’s clean.


But maybe you’ve noticed: The world doesn’t work


that way,


Not till the lamb settles down with the lion,


Consider three gents who’ve been making the


headlines:


Musharraf, Mukasey & Ryan.


Musharraf of Pakistan stands for democracy,


Stands up to terrorists,


Stands with the prez,


Who calls him a buddy,


A bulwark of freedom,


Believes ev’ry word that the general says.


But then there’s a crackdown, he throws foes in


prison,


He won’t doff his uniform, tear gas is flyin’,


He’s good and he’s bad like the rest of the trio:


Musharraf, Mukasey & Ryan.


Judge Michael Mukasey just drips with integrity,


Sharp, independent,


You see that at once.


He’s not in the pocket


Of those who appointed him…


What a step up from the previous dunce!


But then there’s the torture thing—why won’t


he say


What’s apparent to any old Tom, Dick and Brian?


He’s black and he’s white, shades of gray like


his partners:


Musharraf, Mukasey & Ryan.


George Ryan was governor, Illinois’ leader,


Whose courage ensured that his name would live long,


He stopped executions,


He emptied Death Row,


Saying “Too many errors…


We can’t get it wrong!”


But then there’s corruption, slick dealing and


bribery,


Now he’s locked up and the gates aren’t Zion,


He’s stuck behind bars, a mixed bag like the others:


Musharraf, Mukasey & Ryan.


So just when you think that you’ve got all the


answers,


You know how to read folks,


You see who they are,


You’d better think twice


Or you’ll jump to conclusions …


Not ev’rything fishy is fine caviar.


It’s just as true now as it’s been throughout


history,


Pharaohs and Emperors, Inca and Mayan,


Remember it’s never all plus or all minus:


Musharraf, Mukasey & Ryan.



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