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11/05/2012 06:15 pm ET Updated Jan 23, 2014

Keep Barackin' On: a White, Jewish, Gay Man's Rap Attempt

A child born to modest means
A proud Hawaiian native son
Raised with love, care and faith
Hard working in all he's done

Successful in the Ivy League
Earning what he had gained
Returning to his community
Never forgetting from where he came

So, Keep Barackin' On
Now's not the time to change direction
Keep Barackin' On
Bringing us back on track as a nation
Keep Barackin' On
To become what we were meant to be
A country of compassion, justice and liberty

As candidate for president
Many said could not come to be
Historic, inspiring, hope endures
Empowering us with potentiality

With Michelle, Malia and Sasha
Grandma Robinson and doggie Bo
Bringing back life and vitality
To the White House sorely needed so

So, Keep Barackin' On
Now's not the time to change direction
Keep Barackin' On
Bringing us back on track as a nation
Keep Barackin' On
To become what we were meant to be
A country of compassion, justice and liberty

He pushed to stimulate our economy
Helping to reverse a recessive downtrend
His policies helped restore the U.S. auto industry
That if not taken would have spelled disaster around the bend

He tries to end our addiction to fossil fuels
Lowering foreign energy dependency
Standing firm on cleaning our environment
Investing in renewable green sustainability

So, Keep Barackin' On
Now's not the time to change direction
Keep Barackin' On
Bringing us back on track as a nation
Keep Barackin' On
To become what we were meant to be
A country of compassion, justice and liberty

Barack protects women's right to choose
And for working and poor women's access to contraception
Standing firm against invasive transvaginal ultrasound procedures
Part of the political right's cynical deception

He worked to restore dignity and pride
Standing up for marriage equality
Ensuring "out" service members' right to serve
Reversing harassment, threats and invisibility

So, Keep Barackin' On
Now's not the time to change direction
Keep Barackin' On
Bringing us back on track as a nation
Keep Barackin' On
To become what we were meant to be
A country of compassion, justice and liberty

He's committed to quality universal health care
In the face of tremendous and sustained opposition
Courage against all the odds
And knowing deep in his heart the correctness of his position

Barack's making the world a safer place to live
Increasing our nation's worldwide admiration
Respected more now than in the past
By people and governments from many a nation

So, Keep Barackin' On
Now's not the time to change direction
Keep Barackin' On
Bringing us back on track as a nation
Keep Barackin' On
To become what we were meant to be
A country of compassion, justice and liberty

He fights attacks and influence by those with super wealth
Who live off profits from work others do
He defends collective bargaining and union rights
And pushes for fair tax rates for the most and not the few

The opposition dangles right-wing social issues
In the faces of the potential Republican convert
In reality against people's own economic vested interests
To get out the vote, manipulate and divert

So, Keep Barackin' On
Now's not the time to change direction
Keep Barackin' On
Bringing us back on track as a nation
Keep Barackin' On
To become what we were meant to be
A country of compassion, justice and liberty

Romney said he doesn't give concern for the poor
But he will make you a ten-thousand dollar bet
And cares about corporations he asserts are people
While he owns more Cadillacs and homes equivalent to a small state's debt

He speaks for birthers, Limbaughs, and the tea party
Drinking hate-filled racist, sexist, and homophobic potions
Turning immigrants and Muslims into public enemies
Making isolationist and jingoist legislative motions

They attack multiculturalism and ethnic studies
Attempt to place "English only" as the law of the land
Now defining "moderation" & "compromise" as four-letter words
Redefining the latest incarnation of the Republican brand

So, Keep Barackin' On
Now's not the time to change direction
Keep Barackin' On
Bringing us back on track as a nation
Keep Barackin' On
To become what we were meant to be
A country of compassion, justice and liberty

Though the right poses strong headwinds
Trying to distract and push him back
Barack proceeds forward undeterred
Optimistically, confidently, knowingly through all the flack

We have a choice between trickle down and safety nets
Between laws formed beneath conservative church steeples
Between serving interests of big corporations and the rich
Or a civil society and policies generated by We the People

We've got to continue his leadership
To help create a land that is fair and just
We've got to wade through the talking points and clutter
And cast our vote intelligently is our right and a must

So, Keep Barackin' On
Now's not the time to change direction
Keep Barackin' On
Bringing us back on track as a nation
Keep Barackin' On
To become what we were meant to be
A country of compassion, justice and liberty

"Yes We Can" is more than a slogan
"Yes We Are" is steadily coming to be
"Yes We Will" is truly a possibility
"Yes We Did" will become his legacy

So, Keep Barackin' On
Now's not the time to change direction
Keep Barackin' On
Bringing us back on track as a nation
Keep Barackin' On
To become what we were meant to be
A country of compassion, justice, and liberty

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