Aug 16 2010

The Real Insult

As citizens contemplate choices, their voices
Are amplified, rather than muffled or stayed;
The myriad pathways where freedom may lead ‘em
Are part of the country our forefathers made
I’ve thought that the loud disagreement we see, meant
That Freedom of Speech was just doing its work—
I’d argue it’s our constitution’s solution:
We give you the freedom to show you’re a jerk.

The Moslem Community Center now enters
The media spotlight, for better or worse;
Opponents all claim that Ground Zero’s where heroes
Must not be insulted—to hell with the First.
Despite the amendment’s protections, elections
Are one of the times when majority rules:
It’s easy to track politicians’ positions—
They gather more votes when they pander to fools.

In the same sense that politicians show their disdain for the flag by using it as a cheap prop (remember the spat over Obama’s [lack of] flag lapel pin?), the short-term demands of collecting votes has politicians scrambling to trample on the First Amendment. I’d write more, but I’ve got more important things to do. I will say this, though–I don’t know which I find more depressing, the alleged political leaders spouting one opinion or another on the news, or the hundreds of comments addressed to the online news stories or blogs, parroting the worst of the worst of these talking heads.


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    Spanish Inquisitor

    Nice. Wrote on the same topic, in prose, today.

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    No need to be shy, oh mantis–you should have linked your post! http://spaninquis.wordpress.com/2010/08/16/that-damned-mosque/

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    Tsu Dho Nimh

    I did part verse, part prose.But I can't do poetry like the cuttlefish. :( http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/5696846/ground_zero_mosque_or_who_put_the_but.html

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    Regardless of the topic (with your position on which I totally agree) I like this style of meter with rhymes within the lines.Reminds me of the Lays of Beleriand by Tolkien (high praise coming from me!). Very impressive.

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    embertine–I like this metric/versical style, too; I'd been meaning to revisit it for a while, after I first used it in a "think of the things a flagellum could tell 'em" verse. I've been meaning to hit some reference books and sites, to see if there is a chance I've just invented a new form (that would be cool). Any verse experts out there? Is this something already well-known and passe?

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