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I was a teenage Republican (lyrics)

Posted to Poetry and Politics

Well, I woke up one day
with an uncontrollable urge to get an MBA,
A new found hatred for the poor,
and a burning desire to start a war.

So I went to my doctor and said
What the heck is wrong with me?
And he just smiled and said, Son,
Why don't you sign up for the GOP?

Well the next thing you know
I'm putting up posters of Ronald Reagan on my wall,
I've got a collection of books by Milton Friedman,
And and an autographed picture of Fawn Hall

Then I started working for my Congressman
And on the first day that I got paid,
I collected all my money,
And donated it to Contra-Aid,

Cause I-I-I was a teenage Republican

Oh the year was 1981
And a new year had just begun,
We went from leisure suits to power suits
And disco records to guns,

And we told the world that if you were
Politcally left of center that was reason enough to invade you,
So to keep us safe from the Communist threat
We invaded a golf course named Grenada

After two weeks of fun in the sun
We got 'em back on the right track
And the next vacation spot was booked
In Panama and Iraq,

Meanwhile in the White House anybody
Who wasn't extremely rich was persona non grata,
Nancy Reagan said to 'Just Say No'
To everything except Frank Sinatra,

But, I-I-I was a teenage republican,

They promised to cut taxes,
And increase defense spending by 800 billion,
Shooting for a balanced budget,
Give or take 2 or three trillion,

Well I supported Reagan and I supported Bush
Because they all seemed so sincere,
But now when I look back on the 1980s
It all seems pretty clear,

That those guys are willing to say anything
Just to get elected and nothing was achieved,
The economy was destroyed
And the American public was deceived,

Now I'm standing in an unemployment line,
My benefits are about to end,
I wish I could apply to the same welfare programs
The liberals tried to defend,

But, I-I-I was a teenage Republican,
And I can't deny it,
I was a teenage Republican,
No I try to hide it,
I was a teenage Republican.