Oh, say, can't you see through the cons' surly tripe? [quote #10]
Congress cow-ardly failed: both the Left, Right:,"ass", deeming
Whose broads, bribes: our plight, mars through the querulous fight
As those da*m farts, ne'er watched: us, they're gallingly reaming  [Q.#11]
At our pockets, they stare; The bums: thirsting: more, share [Q12]
Aloof, through their might; How much swag can you spare? [Q13]
Oh, say, does that Bar-strangled manor still waive?  
Rule the land by decree? My new home is a cave 
Congress: whores, dumb machine; truly pissed are the peep
Where it goes, money, most: in bed, lie: quid pro "quoses" 
Cat so fat: nominees of the Cabinet cheat
As no income tax flows: pelf conceals, ne'er discloses
Congress hatches each scheme; as we're mourning worst "team" [Q14]
When "bull" story detected: "Sunshine", just a dream 
'Tis bizarre-angled manner! Why can't they behave? [Q15]
They've abandoned the free; took a throne; made us slave [Q16]
And where's our command? They're out flaunting their whores
"Let us have us some more, as we prattle collusion" [Q17]
"Come home to our country; We'll leave I-raq": swore [Q18]
Still, blood doth gush out: 2 thou-2 resolution 
Safe old age, we crave, but they tax, birth to grave [Q19]
Both in error: Left, Right; they consume what we save [Q20]
And though marred: gang-led manners (I cry!), chumps still rave [Q21]
They've s**t-canned all our free- -doms; our Tome: burnt by knave 
Why must be it ever, that greed rules the land [Q22]
They ream, and shove it home, leaving more desperation 
Zest for trickery; deceit; Bail out crooks? Rescue panned [Q23]
Seizing power; our wrath, bade; we deserved a just nation [Q24]
These wankers disgust; major flaws: power lust [Q25]
You'd best win the Lotto; facade will go bust
(Hill-ar-y Clinton's man: her, a spry hump might save) [Q26]
Thanks to fans of TT! Read this poem? You are brave!
 Re: The promise that health care would be debated in public and broadcast on C-SPAN, then the subsequent behind-closed-doors meeting.
 Double pun: A "bar-strangle" or "bar chokehold" is a type of chokehold sometimes used by police to subdue a suspect who is resisting arrest. Some police departments have "barred" its use after one such suspect died from the hold. (It cuts off blood supply to the brain, quickly rendering the recipient unconscious long enough to get the handcuffs on.)
Other meaning: As discussed in comments at Phil Alexander's rant against British libel law
, most Congresspersons are lawyers; hence, members of the Bar (Association). So, the country is being strangled by lawyers. (Even those who are *not* politicians!)
 "manor" -- referring to the Capitol building; "waive" the fact that the Constitution provides that Congress is the branch of Government that makes laws -- see the next line for how they've waived that.
 "Executive Order" -- no such thing in the Constitution, by the way. Obama didn't invent it -- it's been used by Presidents for decades, with no basis -- but O has stated openly as a general policy that he will make laws *whenever* Congress doesn't pass what he propose. As said, Republican Presidents, notably Nixon and GW Bush, have used them in various cases, while F. D. Roosevelt used this non-existent power to steal everyone's gold coins
, so this is truly a non-partisan rant against the practice itself, not any one politician or party. Get rid of the very idea - *fast*.
 Old saying, "Politics makes strange bedfellows". And they generally get in bed with whomever donates the most to the campaign, etc.. And the donors naturally want something in return, or "quid pro quo".
 "Government In The Sunshine", it's called -- all meetings open to the public and the press. But a lot of government seems to take place where the sun don't shine....
 The 2002 Iraq War Resolution. What is *that*? You either declare war, or you don't. You don't "pass a resolution". And btw, the Constitution states that only Congress can declare war. Not the President, get it?
 Tomes referred to: Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, Bill of Rights, and other "outdated" ideas -- as they voted to extend the Orwellian US PATRIOT Act for another year.
"The Constitution is a written instrument. As such, its meaning does not alter. That which it meant when it was adopted, it means now." – South Carolina v. United States, 199 U.S. 437, 448 (1905)
"But the Patriot Act is necessary for our safety!" Sorry, that argument failed more than 200 years ago: "Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves." – William Pitt (1783)
"It is sobering to reflect that one of the best ways to get yourself a reputation as a dangerous citizen these days is to go about repeating the very phrases which our founding fathers used in the struggle for independence." – Charles A. Beard
 (Pacing note) In Key's time, as in Shakespeare's, OS word "loved" was 2 syllables.
[Q10] "If we all stop voting, will they just go away?" – bumper sticker
[Q11] "If you think health care is expensive now, wait until you see what it costs when it's free." – P.J. O'Rourke (1993). ZINGGGGGGG!!!!!
[Q12] "The Government is like a baby's alimentary canal, with a happy appetite at one end and no responsibility at the other." – Ronald Reagan.
[Q13] "We contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle". – Winston Churchill
[Q14] "I believe we are on an irreversible trend toward more freedom and democracy – but that could change." – Al Gore.
... and who should know better than one who is trying so hard to reverse it himself?
btw, did anyone else notice that an "irreversible trend", by definition, "cannot" be changed? - else, it's not irreversible. And *this* is the level of logic that we're supposed to accept, as Gore justifies his crusade? Aristotle (founder of modern logic) is spinning in his grave.
[Q15] "The illegal we do immediately. The unconstitutional takes a bit longer". – Henry Kissinger
(parody - we know what that is, right? - of the US Marine Corps slogan, "The difficult, we do immediately. The impossible takes a little longer.")
[Q16] "They have gun control in Cuba. They have universal health care in Cuba. So why do they want to come here?" – Paul Harvey, 8/31/94
[Q17] "The Ten Commandments contain 297 words. The Bill of Rights is stated in 463 words. Lincoln's Gettysburg Address contains 266 words. A recent federal directive to regulate the price of cabbage contains 26,911 words". – The Atlanta Journal
[Q18] "Vote for the man who promises least; he'll be the least disappointing." – Bernard Baruch
[Q19] "Blessed are the young, for they shall inherit the national debt". – Herbert Hoover, who as early as the 1920s saw the dangers of a Congress with unlimited spending powers running up massive deficits, and, when he attempted to slow the gushing, was blamed for the Depression caused by the irresponsibility of his predecessors and by the creation of the Federal Reserve Board in 1913.
Full story in this parody
[Q20] "If you want government to intervene domestically, you're a liberal. If you want government to intervene overseas, you're a conservative. If you want government to intervene everywhere, you're a moderate. If you don't want government to intervene anywhere, you're an extremist". – Joseph Sobran (1995)
(TT is an extremist, apparently -- and dang proud of it.)
[Q21] "It is a popular delusion that the government wastes vast amounts of money through inefficiency and sloth. Enormous effort and elaborate planning are required to waste this much money". – P.J. O'Rourke
[Q22] "Perhaps one of the most important accomplishments of my administration has been minding my own business". – Calvin Coolidge (for which he is highly underrated, IMHO. Too bad no POTUS since has ever lived up to that high standard.)
[Q23] "Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it." – Ronald Reagan (1986)
... If you're good at what you do, you pay to subsidize those who are incompetent or crooked in what they do. See anything wrong in this picture?
[Q24] "A government that is big enough to give you all you want is big enough to take it all away." – Barry Goldwater (1964)
[Q25] "More laws, less justice." – Marcus Tullius Cicero (42 BC). .. Yep, that far back -- 2000 years ago, they knew.
[Q26] Yeah, it was supposed to be non-partisan, but there are no perfect matches for "triumph" (like "orange", lol), and if Hilly had "taken care of business" ... ergo, it was irresistible. (The Debbil made me do it! The Debbil made me do it!)
THE ULTIMATE AUTHORITY ON THE SUBJECT:
"Everything government touches turns to crap." – Ringo Starr
THE TEST AT THE END: Who said this, and when?
"The national budget must be balanced. The public debt must be reduced; the arrogance of the authorities must be moderated and controlled. Payments to foreign governments must be reduced. If the nation doesn't want to go bankrupt, people must again learn to work, instead of living on public assistance."
A) Glen Beck, in 2009
B) Bill Clinton, in 1996
C) The Socialist Party, in 1936
D) One of the Founding Fathers, in 1794
E) None of the above.
E) Marcus Tullius Cicero, 55 BC. ... p. s.: They didn't listen, and the greatest empire in the world, the Roman Empire, collapsed a (historically) short time later. (The factors Cicero warned against were substantial contributors to the Decline And Fall....)
Consolation prize if you picked (B). What Bill *did* say:
"The era of big government is over." – Bill Clinton, State of the Union Address, January 23, 1996
"I'm not going to pontificate and tell you to execute your government at dawn, but it wouldn't be a bad idea." – John Lydon (joined by Tommy Turtle)