Poetry -America – We need to talk!

America – We need to talk!

America you need to listen to me!

I do not think you are being honest!

You are meant to be leading the free world!

What on earth is going wrong?

America, you are making me feel sick.

I worry about you.

You’ve become fake news.

You’ve lost all belief

Except in superstition and guns.

What is all this Deep State nonsense anyway?

America, you need to get your act together!

You are making a mess of things

And pissing off your friends.

America, do you really believe a billionaire

Cares about the poor.

Isn’t it obvious that he is using you?

America, I despair.

The beauty of your country is tainted.

You have become mean-minded, squalid

Violent, ugly and divided.

Whatever happened to your dream?

America, you were born out of ugliness,

Out of genocide and slavery,

But do you teach that in your schools?

Do you tell the real story of the Native Americans

And Africans?

Will you ever make amends?

America, why do you put butchers, warmongers

And slave owners on pedestals?

Why not artists and poets?

America, does this reflect your values?

America, I want you to listen.

Are you really the land of the free?

Is there freedom in the ghettos?

In working all hours to scratch a living?

In having no rights?

In being abused and used?

America, you have a strange idea of freedom.

Or is freedom something just for the wealthy minority?

America, where is your sense of fun?

Where’s the Jazz and Blues?

The Rock ‘n’ Roll?

The Black and White fusion?

America, are you heading back to the bad old days

Of lynching, of racism and slaves?

Do you really want walls?

Can you be happy with such gross inequality?

America, are you really letting the wealthy and powerful

Call all the shots?

America, I think it’s time you took your head out of the sand

And decided what sort of country you want to build;

An inclusive place or one built on division and hate.

America, I despair.

You are not being fair.

You’ve lost your direction.

America, you need to take a long hard look at yourself!

Are your schools educating

Or are you running on blind faith?

Are you all getting health-care

Or is it the survival of the richest?

Are you a country of opportunity?

Or a country of privilege?

Where did things go wrong America?

America, I am your friend, but you worry me.

Opher – 31.7.2020

I look at the political division being actively promoted and used by Trump and it is sickening.

Those divisions were always there – exacerbated by the North/South divide, by ignorance, religious superstition, poor education and the John Wayne mentality.

At times it feels as if America is permanently stuck in the Wild West where everything is solved with a gun, the bible is read daily (and used when needed but basically ignored), the good guys wear white, the bad guys wear black, injuns are savages and blacks are slaves.

But this is the 21st century and we know that things are a million miles away from that. There is no black and white, just shades of grey. The Native America culture was superior in many ways – particularly when it came to the environment, and black people are as important as anybody else.

It’s time the Wild West was put to bed. It wasn’t a very nice period of time.

Waiting for Sue Gray is like waiting for Godot!!

When the government believes it is above the rule of law we are in trouble.

When they control the media we are in trouble.

When they suppress protest we are in trouble.

We are heading towards Putin – oppression and suppression – and a one-party state.

Is Sue Gray tied up and gagged in a basement in Downing Street?

Free Speech – One Each!!

Would you feel alright about a foreign power, such as Russia or China, pouring out propaganda to deliberately affect an election?

Would you be happy with a political party deliberately putting out misinformation or lies that were masquerading as truth?

Would you be happy with conspiracy theories being put out on the media and social platforms and being represented as truth?

Would you be happy with terrorist groups (white supremacists, jihadists, neo-nazis, anarchists etc.) pumping out false information and propaganda via the internet?

That is what is currently happening.

There are TV channels that are deliberately putting out misinformation and extremely biased information disguised as news.

Social media has been targeted by political parties as a means of putting out conspiracy and fake news.

Trump has been the master of fake news and conspiracy theories. He has deliberately undermined science, experts and the media while promoting and encouraging conspiracy theories.

Not only do a high percentage of his followers believe the election was stolen, they also believe that the corona virus was a hoax, QAnon is a good source of truthful information, the Deep State is controlling everything and alien lizards are running the planet. They believe democrats hold satanic rituals and drink babies blood. They believe PC is simply wrong and many of them believe the earth is not only flat but was only created 3000 years ago.

All this is defended in the name of free speech.

That opens a lot of questions.

I believe anybody should be able to discuss anything from the holocaust to Jesus, from Hitler to Pol Pot, without censure. They should be free to express their views and be challenged.

But I do not believe that anybody has the right to pump out deliberately false conspiracy as fact and that sites or news channels that deliberately try to lie and spread fake news should be shut down.

It’s a view. What do you think??