The Very Model of Corruption

Imus say, "I'm not a bad person." Wolfowitz says, "I made a mistake." Gonzales has to cancel his regular commitments in order to practice his testimony before the Judiciary Committee. Monica Goodling says she will assert her fifth amendment rights if called to testify about her eager role in the corruption of the Justice Department. Kyle Sampson lied to Congress & tonight his lawyer spins a sophistical web of rhetoric to obscure his client's dishonesty. Tasia Scolinos, spokesperson for the Attorney General of the United States sends an email saying thet the policy is to "muddy the coverage up a bit." John McCain, Joseph Lieberman, & the president insist that the United States must continue pushing bodies into the meat grinder of Iraq. The American Right is so profoundly corrupt as to present a clear & present danger to the nation. This Jonathan Ernst image of Wolfowitz from Reuters is a Rembrandtian study of corruption. It catches the shadows of moral turpitude & the posture of self-pity in the aspect ratio of modern conservatism.

Author: jd

Joseph Duemer is Professor of Literature Emeritus at Clarkson University in northern New York state. His most recent book of poems is Magical Thinking from Ohio State University Press. Since the mid-1990s he has spent a good deal of time in Vietnam, mostly Hanoi. He lives with his wife Carole & five terriers (four Jack Russells & one Patterdale) on the stony bank of the Raquette River in South Colton.

2 thoughts on “The Very Model of Corruption”

  1. Trouble is, since the first rule of power is its self-preservation, corruption isn’t corruption but a tool to that self-preservation.

    People only think the ride’s been horrible. We haven’t experienced a fifth of what we’ll need to go through to get through these clowns’reign.

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