Trump – Lest we Forget

The crass, inept, arrogant stupidity of the man – Lest we forget – The division, racism and greed. Less we forget – the tyranny and fascism, the insurrection and criminality. Lest we forget!

He is still looking to be elected again. The fascism he stirred up is still alive.

Poetry – The Land of the Free

The Land of the Free

In the land of the free one is forced to agree

You choose your side – split nationwide

One side for love – one side for hate

One side for help – one side for wait!

With or against – no compromise!

Rabbles and mobs – victims and spies!

Somewhere between the venomous words

A small voice has slipped between the vowels.

Children have become the bargaining chips

In a global game of roulette.

The same old winners spin the wheel

And claw in the rewards.

The same old robber barons

Have shed their armour and put on disguise.

They run the show without need of a sword

Just a media full of lies.

Opher 16.6.2018

The world has become divided as we lurch towards another wave of fascism. A new batch of populist leaders have been drumming up division, ratcheting up hatred and preying on the fears of many. The mass migrations have enabled them to harness the fruits of Islamophobia.

Behind this charade the same old establishment reaps the rewards and gain power and wealth. They are laughing all the way to the bank.

Instead of dealing with the roots of the problem they are happy to gain from the symptoms.

Poetry – Just Think

Just Think

Just think how serene life would have been

Without Brexit and Trump to make us so mean!

We’d be surging ahead with elation instead

Of shuffling along with feet made of lead;

We’d be smiling and whistling with teeth all glistening

Instead of shouting and screaming with hackles all bristling.

If only the lies had not promised relief

From the austerity robbing joy like a sniggering thief.

If only the racism and fear had not robbed us of cheer

And caused the specter of fascism to once more draw near.

Just think what our lives might have become

If we’d all benefitted from that better income.

Just think if the division now sitting at our gate

Was unity and not this ugly snarl of hate.

Just think………………

Opher 22.2.2018

Looking back to the time of the referendum is a strange thing to do. Back then the country was quite a friendly, cheery place. Racism was well on the decline. The economy was booming. The pound was strong. It seems a bit of a utopia now.

Of course there were underlying problems. We had had too much immigration too quickly. A lot of Eastern Europeans were coming in and a lot of Muslims were coming in as refugees from the war zones and economically ravaged countries. There was the specter of terrorism hanging over us. It was causing a lot of pressure on our institutions. It was causing fear and concern. The immigrants were concentrated in a number of areas. On top of that many areas of Britain were suffering from depression. The major well-paying industries had disappeared and people were thrown out of well-paying jobs into stuffing shelves, delivering parcels or flipping burgers on low pay or else they were on the dole. We’d had years of Tory austerity (and bloated bankers). There was a lot of discontent.

The politicians jumped on these problems, ramped up the fears and desperation and used it to create hate, division and a new wave of nationalistic populism.

Now our economy is dragging along on the bottom, hate crime and racism is rife, the pound has dived and fascists are marching on the street. The future looks bleak.

Just think how good things might have been if we hadn’t foolishly voted out? If the politicians had dealt with the problems so many of us were experiencing instead of sweeping it under the carpet? If we hadn’t had years of austerity?

Now we’re busy shooting ourselves in both feet so that we can run faster.

Dear Mr President

This is from an American…

President Trump,

I wonder how much pain you’re willing to cause America.

Apparently, more than you already have.

It isn’t enough that you have spent your every waking moment of the past four years appealing to the very worst nature of your followers; weaponizing them against their neighbours, friends, family members, and strangers.

It isn’t enough that you have perpetually trafficked in lies, when the truth would have been much simpler; that you were almost habitually allergic to honesty even when honesty would have greatly benefited you.

It isn’t enough that you have steadily stoked the fires of racism, that you have courted wild conspiracy, that you’ve never once taken the path of maturity, compassion, and sober judgment in stewarding this nation.

It isn’t enough that you have been so guilty of presidential malpractice, that you have inexplicably made a public health crisis a partisan event, allowing a quarter of a million Americans to die, many of them needlessly

And now, after all that, you’ve chosen to do something far worse as your swan song: to go to war with the very bedrock of this nation: a free and fair election by the people — simply because you cannot live with what they are telling you.

You are indicting a process that you spent months poisoning and polluting and sabotaging. Even those unprecedented efforts to create chaos and silence voters would not deter a record number of Americans from telling you that you are not worthy to lead them.

You are revealing your true character in these moments.

A decent man would honour the unequivocal and clear will of the people.

A decent man would concede with dignity immediately in order to allow calm to prevail.

A decent man would agree to a peaceful transfer of power, as every previous outgoing president has.

A decent man would look at a nation ravaged by a pandemic, devastated by job loss, and exhausted from internal strife — and decide to end his tenure here by finally, for the first time, doing something selfless.

But you are not a decent man and that is simply not your way. You are incapable of the elemental goodness required when called upon by moments of gravity and consequence.

I should have known it would end this way.

This is who you have always been: a man lacking a single noble instinct or humane impulse; a parasitic presence who only takes from things it attaches itself to.

Your ornamental America First rhetoric is burning up in the presence of your caustic conduct right now.

If you loved this nation or cared for its people, you would be an adult man and a true leader, and admit defeat and allow this nation to begin to heal and recover. Instead you incite violence and stir your unhinged base and speak reckless, incendiary lies that will only serve to injure more people and try and avoid your eventual departure.

And make no mistake, that departure is imminent.
You are leaving.  The American people have made that clear. Every president before you has honoured that. And whether you like or not, you will, too.

It’s just really sad that you couldn’t take this moment and finally become a better version of yourself; instead your final days here are ones marked by unnecessary suffering and manufactured sorrow; that in one more traitorous, belligerent salvo, you will assail the very heart of democracy in order to defend your brittle, fragile ego.

History is recording the truth: that you will have caused more injury to America and its people than any of the men who have served the office you hold and will shortly be removed from. You will have even done more destruction to our sovereignty and safety than any imagined foreign threat.

Joe Biden is going to be our next president.

You will soon be leaving, Mr. President.

And sadly, it looks as though you will leave the way you have led and the way you have lived your entire life: disgracefully.