Worth repeating

I am currently in the middle of a trip to the Whining States of America. Part for personal reasons and partly for business. It’s a busy itinerary, so posting is probably going to be light. I have noted with interest the sacking of Reince Priebus and his replacement by General Kelly. More to follow on that subject, but it probably is not going to end well. Trump poisons all the things he touches.

Today is the birthday of Lawrence Ferlinghetti, a great American poet, however, and it’s worth celebrating some of his work, even though written years ago, still rings true today:

If you would be a poet, create works capable of answering the challenge of apocalyptic times, even if this meaning sounds apocalyptic.You are Whitman, you are Poe, you are Mark Twain, you are Emily Dickinson and Edna St. Vincent Millay, you are Neruda and Mayakovskyand Pasolini, you are an American or a non-American, you can conquer the conquerors with words.”— Lawrence Ferlinghetti. From Poetry as Insurgent Art [I am signaling you through the flames].

And, while I am sure he never intended it-it appears he foresaw the rise of Donald J. Trump:

“Pity the nation whose people are sheep,
and whose shepherds mislead them.
Pity the nation whose leaders are liars, whose sages are silenced,
and whose bigots haunt the airwaves.
Pity the nation that raises not its voice,
except to praise conquerors and acclaim the bully as hero
and aims to rule the world with force and by torture.
Pity the nation that knows no other language but its own
and no other culture but its own.
Pity the nation whose breath is money
and sleeps the sleep of the too well fed.
Pity the nation — oh, pity the people who allow their rights to erode
and their freedoms to be washed away.
My country, tears of thee, sweet land of liberty.”
― Lawrence Ferlinghetti

You don’t hate your country when you passionately want it to improve-and understand that it can improve. Something I continually have to remind people.

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  1. We are not sheep and can live without shepherds thank you.

    Obama lied about “if you like your plan you can keep your plan and if you like your doctor you can keep your doctor and health care premiums will go down.”

    To date, the only people I’ve noticed silenced are conservative speakers who are shouted down or banned by your fascist ilk.

    The only bigots I hear are those like Obama’s reverend Wright and the loathsome Maxine Waters who represent the blue point of view on the airwaves.

    This here is a nation of immigrants and so it knows a hundred languages but to communicate, as in India, one really needs to speak English and for those who travel the globe, I defy you to find yourself in a place where nobody speaks English.

    I noticed that the party you favor is very much in favor of Fidel Castro and they adored Hugo Chavez and think that there is no such thing as an evil communist or fascist in Latin America, Asia or Europe. They’re as obvious as can be if you can get them to talk about how much they loath Israel and Jews.

    Why are we pitying the nation that gives BILLIONS of $ away to other countries every year and funds the PLO to the tune of $300,000,000 every single year? What’s that about being well fed? We are not to reap the benefits of creating a stable and free and prosperous land but must go to bed hungry to be………what?

    The left is kicking the crap out of the 1st Amendment, always hated and despised the 2nd Amendment, passes on the 5th Amendment and in general thinks Totalitarianism (if done with good honest socialists in charge) is infinitely preferable to the Bill of Rights and the rest of the rights we enjoy under our Constitution.

    There was an ocean of tears cried by the wives, sweethearts, sisters and mothers of the men who fought for the Union but they don’t count. By the same token, neither do the tears of anyone who has suffered loss in the war on Terror launched by Islam against US.

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