POEM: The Next Best President

Victory lies
In the wanton
To be a sitting president
Existentially unable to take a stand
As a wizard behind the bully pulpit
only
Curtains for US
A commandeered
In chief smitten
Buy the status qouteth
Juggling interest
In a- bankruptcy
Issuing sentences
Wile balderdashing dreams
In compromising positions
Poll
For hard one

In feckless cockiness
If only
Too covet to term
Any chide or promise
The next won’s problem
And if such a of the union
Bares an infantile posterity
Too whatever
Extant illegitimate
In the victory lies
The spoils

With this poem, I grudgingly join the charade sometimes referred to as Presidential election season.  Unfortunately, it is rarely too early to say that the next commander-in-chief of the world’s largest superpower will not bring us peace.  If you want to join the truly delusional, give them a before they do anything to not earn it!  The good news is that the system is not broken.  The System Was Never Broken It Was BUILT That Way - POLITICAL BUTTONThe bad news is that the system is fixed!  Electoral , particularly the farther you go up the ladder, has a limited range of possible options.  This simply means that the leadership we get is tightly constrained to the , the .   Electoral is akin to changing the system from within, using presumptuously representative garnered through and direct means (think and status) of influencing such alleged representatives.  Non-electoral is akin to changing the system from outside the standardly sanctioned tools of Protest beyond the law is not departure from democracy; it is essential to it Of course, these two ways of being politically active are not mutually exclusive.  In fact, non-electoral politics is simply a more holistic way of changing the body politic.  For example, I would encourage people to vote.  It doesn’t take much time and it makes some difference.  Let your representatives know directly from you what you want from them.  Ask for what you want.  However, if we rely only on electoral politics to meet the needs and demands of the people, the 99%, then we should expect to be sorely disappointed.  My view is that politicians are largely akin to the rigging on a sailboat, and they will ultimately go largely wherever the wind blows.  Speaking into the captain’s ear may be considered proper protocol, but this is largely reserved for a privileged few who can cancel out voices heard from the masses from dinghies or from people who are overboard.  My goal is to the winds.  Part of power is the ability to define or frame the we ask. The greatest mistake of the movement has been trying to organize a sleeping people around specific goals. You have to wake people up first -- Malcolm X quote POLITICAL BUTTON The answers we get depend profoundly on the we ask!  Oftentimes, wee have to take such power, not simply ask for it.  Movements like Black Lives Matter or have been successful at manifesting such power.  “The 1%” and “the 99%” are now part of our lexicon, framing the way we view the world and molding the we ask.  The simple and persistent assertion that black lives matter has thrown a wrench into the largely invisible (to white people) machine of white supremacy.  One of the greatest tools of the is the power of distraction.  The insistence that large movements have a detailed set of demands is central to this playbook.  As if the simply overlooked these huge injustices (yes) that could be legitimately be attacked on multiple fronts and they are waiting (stalling) to jump into action.  Truth is on the side of the oppressed. Malcolm X quote POLITICAL BUTTONWhat part of “Stop Wall Street from robbing us,” or blacks crying out “Stop killing us,” don’t they understand?!  The are not stupid, simply shrewd.  They will do everything in their power to distract us, divide us, and if need be, conquer us with , exposing their morally bankrupt and anti-democratic foundations.  Of course, the people pushing back on the lies of the exposes the veneer of civility and that so-called respectable governments need to function.  All Truth Passes Through Three Stages: First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident. --Schoepenhauer quote POLITICAL BUTTONThis was central to ’s strategy.  As paraphrased in the Movie, : “What you cannot do is accept — you must make the visible. The function of a civil resister is to provoke a response, and we will continue to provoke until they respond or they the laws. It will not be over if they arrest me, or if they arrest a thousand people…it is not only generals who know how to run campaigns! They are not in — we are. That is the strength of civil resistance.”  May we hold firm to the , “satyagraha,” and be patient as the details will follow.

They can cut all the flowers, but they can never stop the spring -- Pablo Neruda quote POLITICAL BUTTON

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