Interstate 5 Political Traffic Blues

March 25, 2016

I had not noticed them before but driving north on I-5 coming into Seattle from the the south the other day they became a rhythmic  mantra. It was the information sign boards advising not just the temporary speed limit you must obey but the additional warning, ‘heavy traffic merging’. Almost superfluous warnings as anyone with eyes could see the sluggish flow of vehicles doing just that as we crawled along. And almost without warning this song came into my head. Combining not just the craziness of Seattle traffic but a similar ailment in American politics.

Heavy Traffic Merging from the Right

Heavy traffic merging from the right
Heavy traffic merging from the right
They could have gone another way
The jokers causing my delay
As heavy traffic merging from the right

Heavy traffic merging from the right
Heavy traffic merging from the right
Flying along at seventy nine
Suddenly you see that sign
Heavy traffic merging from the right

Heavy traffic merging from the right
Heavy traffic merging from the right
When I need to be there soon
Must I run into these loons?
Heavy traffic merging from the right

Neo fascist voices from the right
Neo fascist voices from the right
It will pass you may say
But I’m afraid they’re here to stay
And we’ll wake up in a darker night

Heavy traffic merging from the right
Heavy traffic merging from the right
They could vote another way
But they’re hell bent to make you pay
Like heavy traffic merging from the right.

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