According to Joe
They pledge allegiance to the flag
But not for the republic for which it stands.
They claim to be patriots, can't you tell?
Each wears a flag pin on his lapel.
When liberty and justice they eschew
They drape themselves in red, white and blue.
Daily headlines inspire the poet in Joe Gedan, a retired U.S. magistrate judge who lives in Honolulu. His observations on the news appear on Sundays and Fridays.