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Speak in parables, illustrate with a story
Just like you know who, hit ‘em with an allegory
Or get them to sing along to the song “Richard Corey”
That’s how you reach the unreachable

Appeal to the better angels of their nature
Ask about their values and put it down on paper
Discuss how that gets translated to the legislature
That’s how you reach the unreachable

They hate a certain foreigner, don’t just call them dumb
Find out where their ancestors might have come from
Talk about the days their folks were living in the slums
That’s how you reach the unreachable

They say no rights for gays, talk about their cousin or their niece
Remember when they got beat up, afraid to call the police
How would it make you feel that they could not live in peace
That’s how you reach the unreachable

They say global warming is a hoax, find out if their source of news
Comes from an oil company , with so much to lose
Like big tobacco , when lung cancer they refused
That’s how you reach the unreachable

Health insurance, another issue that really divides
Ask how they like people who take a free ride
at the hospital not paying for the care that we provide
That’s how you reach the unreachable

What’s that you say, they are still squawking socialism
Health care for all, well that’s just pragmatism
Do you want your waiter coughing in your food, go and quiz him
That’s how you reach the unreachable

And if by chance none of these approaches seem to work
The person that you’re talking to, they might just be a jerk
But his friend who might be listening, you might have given a framework
That’s how you reach the unreachable

(c) M. Skliar 2017

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from This is what democracy sounds like! (revised), released March 12, 2017

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