One nation, under God

has turned into one nation

under the influence of one drug.


And one man

who is the master

of this medium,

our president,

Ronald Reagan



the drug of the nation,

breeding ignorance,

feeding radiation


TV! Is the reason

why less than 

ten percent of our nation

reads books daily

Why most people think

Central America

means Kansas,

communism means unamerican,

and apartheid is

a new headache remedy.

Where the Cosby show is watched

by rich whites,

and Dynasty is watched by everybody


TV!  Is the stomping ground for political candidates,

Where bears in

the woods are chased

by Grecian formula'd

bald eagles.

Where all you need

to do to get elected

is make money movies

(just ask Clint and Ronnie)

and where straight teeth

in your mouth 

are more important 

than the words

that come out of it.


TV! Is the place where

self-cancelling phrases

like Pop-Art


and Military-intelligence

have become standard.

TV! Is the place where 

words are redefined

like "Contra"

to "Freedom Fighter",

and Sandinista

to Repressive Regime.


TV! Is where the pursuit 

of happiness

has become 

the pursuit of trivia

where toothpaste and cars 

have become sex objects

and where Sesame Street

is more real 

than Hill Street!