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Chains of Citizenship
“The Holocaust forces us to examine the responsibilities
of citizenship, & confront the powerful ramifications of
indifference & inaction.”--Tim Holden.
When it comes to the rich & famous, you either love them or
hate them--there’s no middle ground. Bloated egos, apathy,
cruelty, greed, dishonesty, felony, & stupidity all top my own
list as capitalist credentials for my personal negative responses.
Too damn many politicians & public figures fit the suppressive
mold. I cringe whenever any of those bilious blowhard billionaires
want to bust up unions, or attack/consume social security, medicare,
veteran’s rights, women’s rights, & immigration. My conservative
friends inform me that I am way too liberal--that openly supporting
a Socialist Democrat is unpatriotic, that my beatnik-hippie attitudes
have never been acceptable, that further the fabulous nearly sainted
1% who control most of the commerce of the planet while dictating
& gleefully enforcing the fascist policies we are expected/forced to
abide by, allowing them to declare & profit from illegal & unpopular
wars, to cause massive oil spills, to openly oppose raising the
minimum wage, to be in bed with the pharmaceutical corporations
& the merciless military industrial complexes, to frack us with
impunity, to spend 75 cents of every tax dollar on the defense budget
--& on & on & on, & we are to believe/accept that their powers are
favored by God Almighty Himself--and that we discontented ones just
need to shut up about it, quit protesting, ranting, complaining, bitching,
& exercising our Constitutional (& God-given) rights. Good luck with
that all ye assholes.
Fear there will ever
be gaps between the Elite& the rest of us.
Posted over on dVerse Poets Pub "Haibun Monday"