Democracy hasn’t been a big success.
Since Athens empowered the demos
Its role has been peripheral at best.
Ending often in corruption and chaos.
The misbegotten views from the street
Are putty in the hands of strategists
Slogans by an educated elite
Prey on the emotions of the powerless.
This pattern appears wherever you look.
With leaders overstaying their welcome
It is almost like they’ve read the same book.
On how to trick voters and fleece them.
So, is this really the best we can do?
Are we predisposed to greed in power?
A human reflex designed to eschew
Integrity, decency, and honour.
But what’s the point of this rhyming lampoon
Besides a letting-off-steam catharsis
That pumps hot air into Shaw’s balloon
Waving bye-bye to Kallipolis.