I always liked the 23rd psalm–though I’m not religious in the standard sense. The poetry and the feeling– and the sense of fortitude and inspiration in the psalm has always moved me. But watching the hard-heartedness and love of money evinced by the Republican primary candidates (and their audiences), coupled with their shameful trumpeting of “Christian” values, I thought a little updating/revision might be in order…
The New Republican Prayer
Ayn Rand is my shepherd; I shall not lose.
She maketh me to lie down in gated communities: She leadeth me beside the golf-course condos.
She restoreth my tax loopholes: She leadeth me in the paths of selfishness for her name’s sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of Democracy, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy PAC and thy Lobbyists, they comfort me.
Thou preparest a 35,000-dollar-a-plate dinner before me in the presence of socialists: thou anointest my head with stock options; my off-shore accounts runneth over.
Surely power and profit shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Koch brothers for ever.
– Mike Feder (New York City – February 17, 2012)