‘TWAS THE NIGHT AFTER WEEK 1 (AND ALL THROUGH THE SWAMP)

‘TWAS  THE  NIGHT  AFTER  WEEK  1    (AND  ALL  THROUGH  THE  SWAMP)

James J. S. Johnson, Esq.

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“Drain the Swamp !”   (image credit: Black Republican Blog)

‘Twas the night after Week 1
And all through the Swamp,
Not a leftist was purring
With power or pomp.

Liberals with hangovers
Wallowed from binging,
While fake-news reporters
From facts were a-cringing.

With Week 1 concluded
Many slept snug in their beds,
While memories of Trump’s actions
Danced in their heads.

Could all this be true?
How wrong were those polls!
WikiLeaks! Twitter!
Now Trump’s scoring goals!

With media frenzy
There arose such a clatter!
It drove the Left crazy
That, now, all lives matter.

 

(INAUGURATION FRIDAY, in the afternoon)

To halt Bummer-care burdens
Trump moved like a flash
The E.O. issued Friday(1)
Aimed at saving our cash.

Then Priebus’ Friday memo(2)
Stirred buzzing like bees,
Shutting down reg-making
By a reg-making freeze.

 

(MONDAY, January 23rd)

Trump’s memo on Monday(3)
Helped babies unborn,
Restoring a policy
That aborters have scorned.

Also on Monday
A memo was made(4) —
Trashing T.P.P.
To safeguard our trade

So new U.S. trade deals
Must be “one-to-one”,
Helping our workers
Or that deal we’ll shun.

And again, on that same Monday,
A third memo came, in due course,(5)
A hiring freeze is now imposed,
Except to add military force.

 

(TUESDAY, January 24th)

Trump’s E.O. Tuesday(6)
Prioritized goals:
Bridges and airports
Highways with potholes.

Our electric grids
And airport repair,
Pipeline and ports
Must get improved care.

So EPA delays
Should not force us behind;
Go, expedite projects!
Make the process streamlined!

With Tuesday’s actions
So lively and quick,
I knew in a moment
Swamp rats felt a kick!

One memo on Tuesday(7)
Favors business at home,
Streamlining permits
So factories won’t roam.

Our job loss crisis
We must now address;
Factory permitting
We must now assess.

That memo on Tuesday
Aims at this whole mess,
To streamline permits
So regs can cost less.

The goal of Trump’s memo
Is easy to guess:
To promote more goods
“Made in the U.S.”

Also on Tuesday
Came more memos, three(8)  —
On pipeline constructions
To get more energy.

More rapid than eagles
Trump’s memos, they came;
Yet not just talk, action!
(Not like excuses lame.)

“Now, Keystone!” “Now, Dakota!”
“Now, U.S.-produced steel!”
“Expedite a re-app!”
“Rein in those regs! Heel!”

Ninety percent done –
NAPL must be loosed;
While pipelines at home
Use steel there produced.

 

(WEDNESDAY, January 25th)

E.O.s on Wednesday
Made U.S. foes chafe;
Both of those E.O.s
Aimed at making us safe.

Boundaries matter
Like lines in the sand;
One E.O. on Wednesday(9)
Concerns the Rio Grande.

“Go, secure the border!”
“Go, construct the wall!”
“Shoo, drug traffickers!”
“Dash away, all!”

So human trafficking
And life-breaking drugs,
Terrorist networks
And all kinds of thugs . . . .

Must be excluded
Repelled from our nation;
Please, build the wall, now!
Without hesitation!

Some immmigrants aren’t safe
Bearing disease and infection;
With border security
Each must pass inspection.

So that E.O.’s purpose
Is just, and it’s clear:
We need a real border
To guard our nation dear.

Also on Wednesday
Another E.O. came,(10)
Clarifying the law:
This is no “P.C.” game.

Getting federal funds
May make cities merry,
But that party’s over
For each “sanctuary”.

Flaunting the laws
To rebels seems funny;
We’ll see who laughs last
When Trumps stops their money!

 

(THURSDAY, January 26th)

On Trump’s first Thursday
We learned he does care,
About learning in schools,
About how students fare.

And so, to emphasize
More choices in schools,
Trump praised market options
As our best learning tools.

So, public or private
Parents can now select,
Or home school-based learning
If families so elect.

Thus school choice Trump favors
Says Trump’s proclamation(11)  —
Let NEA compete
To its own consternation!

 

(FRIDAY, January 27th)

Trump’s first week in office
Closed with expectations;
Using Friday’s E.O.(12)
Trump secured immigrations.

Some shrink from real vetting
As killers come to serve ISIS;
So what controls are needed
To fix our refugee crisis?

Acting as refugees
In slip many fakes;
Thanks to Friday’s E.O.
Trump slammed on the brakes!

Leftists hate “extreme vetting”;
Terrorists hate it too –
But what good is gatekeeping
If anyone comes through?

 

(SATURDAY NIGHT,  LOOKING BACK ON WEEK 1)

What a week it has been:
How fast, yet how fair!
Trump’s eyes, how they twinkled!
(And, yes, that’s his real hair.)

There’s been more, of course,
Such as cabinet picks,
What of voter fraud?
There’s so much to fix!

Meetings and phone calls:
Mexico and U.K.,
Russia and Israel
So much on each day!

As the cabinet grows
And the White House staff,
The naysayers whine
(But I sit back and laugh!)

Reporters fume on
Bile and disputin’ –
Stunned by the election
Which they blame on Putin!

Yet a wink of Trump’s eye
As he turns up his thumb,
Soon gave me to know
God’s blessing has come!

But I heard Trump exclaim
As the hour grew late,
“This is just my first week
To make America great!”

 

(May God bless you, your family, and your team, President Trump!)

 

References to Executive Actions (during Week 1 of President Trump’s official term of service)

[1] EXECUTIVE ORDER “Minimizing the Economic Burden of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act [‘Obamacare’] Pending Repeal” (1-20-AD2017).

[2] MEMORANDUM “for the Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies”, issued by Reince Priebus, Assistant to the President & Chief of Staff (1-20-AD2017).

[3] PRESIDENTIAL MEMORANDUM “Regarding the Mexico City Policy” (1-23-AD2017).

[4] PRESIDENTIAL MEMORANDUM “Regarding Withdrawal of the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership Negotiations and Agreement” (1-23-AD2017).

[5] PRESIDENTIAL MEMORANDUM “Regarding the Hiring Freeze” (1-23-AD2017).

[6] EXECUTIVE ORDER “Expediting Environmental Reviews and Approvals for High Priority Infrastructure Projects”  (1-24-AD2017).

[7] PRESIDENTIAL MEMORANDUM “Streamlining Permitting and Reducing Regulatory Burdens for Domestic Manufacturing” (1-24-AD2017).

[8] PRESIDENTIAL MEMORANDUM “Regarding Construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline” (1-24-AD2017); PRESIDENTIAL MEMORANDUM “Regarding Construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline” (1-24-AD2017); PRESIDENTIAL MEMORANDUM “Regarding Construction of American Pipelines” (1-24-AD2017).

[9] EXECUTIVE ORDER “Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements” (1-25-AD2017).

[10] EXECUTIVE ORDER “Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States” (1-25-AD2017).

[11] “National School Choice Week 2017 Proclamation” (1-26-AD2017).

[12] EXECUTIVE ORDER “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States” (1-27-ASD2017).

Political Cartoon credit (from Black Republican Blog): http://blackrepublican.blogspot.com/2016/12/donald-trump-drain-swamp.html


 

COMMENTARY:  This poem is intended to encourage Christians to pray for our God-ordained authorities in government, including but not limited to President & Mrs. Trump, and all others who are part of the Trump team (whether seen by the public or not) who are working to “make America great again”.  See 1st Timothy 2:1-3 (“I exhort, therefore, that … supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men, for kings, and for all that are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty, for this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior”).  See also Romans 13:1-8, plus Nehemiah  chapters 1-6 (basis of Dr. Robert Jeffress’ pre-inauguration exhortation to the incoming President and Vice-President and their wives, 1-20-AD2017).

For an earlier poem about President Donald J. Trump (and God’s providence), in limerick format, see “God’s Providential Judgments Reveal His Will (and Sometimes His Mercy, Too)”,  posted at  https://rockdoveblog.wordpress.com/2016/11/09/gods-providential-judgments-reveal-his-will-and-sometimes-his-mercy-too/ 

><> JJSJ

James J. S. Johnson, Esq.
profjjsj@aol.com
attorney in Texas & Colorado (and several federal courts)
January 28th AD2017

7 Comments

    • Thanks, Stephen. It was time-consuming. Once I located the 12 texts of the executive orders and memoranda, etc., I digested what each of them said (reading them as a lawyer would), then tried to capture those purposes (in light of the problems they are intended to solve) in rhyme. But I also wanted to preserve in verse what that whirlwind first week of office included, i.e., a taste of the media frenzy. Of course, I included the qualifier “There’s been more, of course…” — but my best line is “God’s blessing has come!” — and we must practice 1st Timothy 2:1-3, of course, if we want that blessing to continue. So the real take-away, for Christians, is an exhortation to PRAY (daily) according to 1st Timothy 2:1-3, for President & Mrs. Trump, and all of the Trump team — and for all of America, including those who enter America properly in the future.

  1. Great poem! I’m excited to see what changes Trump will make in the next 4 years! We must continue to pray for him and his family daily. Get your pen ready to write some more, I would like to read the first 100 days poem also!

    • Thanks, Krista, nothing like putting me on the spot! (If President Trump’s first 100 days are anything like his first week, the poem would need to be book-length!) But, of course, you put all of us on the spot by reminding us to pray for President Trump and his team.

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