Poetry – Cynical Leadership

Cynical Leadership

Inciting, infiltrating and spinning

Deviously

To prey upon the gullible.

Threatening, posturing and jeering

Arrogantly

To enrage the peaceable.

Cajoling, lying and frightening

Blatantly

To scare the fallible.

Any tactic will do

To gain their power.

Illegal, immoral or insane

Turning the future sour.

Opher – 31.8.2020

I was thinking of Trump, Johnson, Cummings and Bolsonaro when I wrote this. I was thinking about the way they manipulate people with simplistic slogans; the way they drum up fear; the way they incite division and tribalism.

We’ve had the obnoxious reign of Trump and we’ve got the disaster of Brexit that will hit us in January 2021. All conjured up with blatant lies and duplicitous statements.

Spin, fake news, conspiracy and outright untruths.

That’s politics.

It stinks.

What has happened to politics??

I think we can trace it right back to 9/11. When the planes flew into the World Trade Centre the world changed.

We were going along quite nicely – standard of living was good, we were getting on top of racism. Progress was slow but we were heading in the right direction.

9/11 and the wave of extreme Muslim terrorism sparked off a reaction. Fear created paranoia. There was a rise in racism and a surge of nationalism – kick out immigrants, shut the borders.

Populists seized their opportunity, rode this wave of fear and racism, stoked up hate and division and gained power.

Politics became extreme.

In the USA it resulted in Tea Party madness and then Trump. The rabid far-right populist loonies took over the Republican Party and transformed it into a fascist party.

In the UK we had the lunacy of Brexit followed by a take-over of the Tory Party by the ERG and the election of Johnson the affable populist clown (really a cynical narcissist).

The whole world lurched to the far-right with the election of nutcases like Bolsonaro, Oban, Modi, Erdogan and Morrison.

Poetry – Source of the chaos

Source of the chaos

Searching for the source of chaos

Is not a difficult task.

Look who’s sowing division

In his KKK mask.

Look who sacks anybody

Who disagrees with him.

Look who sulks petulantly,

Perpetually looks grim.

The harbinger of chaos

Can’t even read a book.

Is ignorant of science

And is nothing but a crook.

He won’t show us his tax returns

Or his Russian connections.

All he’s got inside his head

Is winning the elections.

He loves to have the power

And craves more wealth.

The only person he loves

Is the image of himself.

He’ll stir up the rioting

And condone the killers.

With snout in the trough

With all the other swillers.

The source of all the chaos

Is hiding in plain sight.

Pretending to have solutions

But never getting it right.

He feeds his loyal base

With cynical concessions.

While sneering at their loyalty

And feeding their obsessions.

The master of fake news

And conspiracy theory.

Tweeting long into the night

When other eyes are bleary.

Out on the golf course

In the midst of emergency.

Calling hoax, misinforming;

Not understanding urgency.

He does not care about people.

Has no ounce of compassion.

He’ll do anything for a vote.

The truth is on ration.

The architect of chaos

Is serving up the blame.

Passing the buck

Without an ounce of shame.

Opher – 3.9.2020

Trump has been actively inciting and dividing, lying and cheating, all his life. He thinks that’s the only way. He thinks that is what is meant by doing business.

He presents himself as something he isn’t – a successful businessman, a friend to the poor.

The gullible fall for it. They believe he’s fighting the alien lizards! That’s it, those lizards live out on the golf course!

Poetry – Trumpville – where only one life matters

Trumpville – where only one life matters

Welcome to Trumpville

Where a black man’s life counts for little.

Welcome to the land

Where police dispense justice

With a trigger.

Welcome to the leader’s policy:

Sow fear,

Pour blame,

Stoke division

And soak up the power.

Opher – 2.9.2020

The arrogance and effrontery of Trump’s posturing – the sheer nerve of it.

He swears black is white. The lies pour forth and he just brushes it off when caught out, either ignoring the facts altogether or insisting he is right despite all the evidence to the contrary.

And the stupid thing is that so many people believe him.

We are in the age of fact melt-down.

Facts, statistics and the evidence of our own eyes count for nothing!

The propaganda machine pumping fake news through the internet is the only truth in the eyes of the sheep.

The billionaire Trump, master of the business deal, is fighting the Deep State on behalf of poor people.

Not the bankrupt, failed businessman, propped up by his Dad, in debt to his ears, a man of corrupt deals, tax evasion and illegal activities, is busy squirrelling away as much cash as he can get his paws on while using office to avoid the law.

Talk about crooked Hilary!

It’ll all come out in the wash!

Poetry – Welcome to Trumpville

Welcome to Trumpville

Welcome to Trumpville

The land of burning buildings

Teargas and clubs.

Hail the leader

Throwing petrol on the flames.

Urging the firing of guns.

Welcome to division.

Welcome to hate.

Welcome to the world of spin.

Welcome to Trumpville

The land of burning buildings

Teargas and clubs.

Opher – 1.9.2020

He may try and deflect it on to others but America is simmering in the cooking fat he has been heating up for the past five years. I wouldn’t be at all surprised if it doesn’t boil over into a wave of violence.

When your policy is to create division and incite fear and hatred it is no wonder that it erupts.

Then Trump has the nerve to blame it on the other side!

Poetry – A Most Immoral Man

A Most Immoral Man

He’s standing on the steps;

A most immoral man,

Looking for a photo op

With the bible in their hand.

A friend of infamous Epstein

With a liking for young girls.

He’ll peddle bleach and UV light

Or anything that sells.

For wealth and power

He’ll gladly divide the land.

Make us of anybody

Then sack them out of hand.

To find his past administration

Look inside a jail.

That’s where his bunch of crooks

End up, without fail.

The leader of the world;

A man of scurrilous character.

Friends with the worst of men

An evil man – so sinister.

Opher – 31.8.2020

There is no end to the blatant hypocrisy displayed by Trump – man who uses religion to gain support but is the most impious, immoral man on the planet. He lies, cheats and makes crooked deals.

He is so incredibly brazen. He just rides the lies and acts like they are the truth.

Now, having been created division and hatred he is looking to exploit it for his own ends.

Poetry – Who is this?

Who is this?

Who is this full of fake news?

Spreading misinformation to confuse?

Sowing division, with a short fuse?

A man who has never paid his dues?

Who is this who loves himself?

Who only cares about his wealth?

Puts global warming on the shelf?

And cares not about the planet’s health?

Who cosies up to the NRA?

To Putin and Kim – to our dismay?

To evangelists and the KKK?

And doesn’t want the BLM to have their say?

Who is this who loves his power?

Surrounded by an ignorant shower?

Always lived in his ivory tower?

Making gaffes and nonsense by the hour?

Who is this king of fools?

Who never follows any rules?

With an empty head and lack of tools?

Pampered and privileged at the best schools?

I think I know!

Opher – 15.8.2020

Are we all completely mad? We trust the world to populist fools – narcissistic megalomaniacs who are in it for themselves – psychopathic sociopaths who don’t care a jot for anyone or anything.

The populist culture – feed the fear! Widen the division!! Stoke the hate!!

It’s the cash, right?

No it’s not! There’s much more than the cash. There’s the morality, the environment, health and equality. So much more.

They are siphoning off that cash into their own pockets.

These people are not emotionally, intellectually or psychologically fit to lead countries.

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.

Poetry – George Floyd Looks Down on Trump

George Floyd Looks Down on Trump

‘It’s such a great day!’

I didn’t hear him say.

Someone told him he had to change his tone.

He was turning people off.

His ratings were going through the floor.

Hiding in his bunker tweeting tough.

So he tried his very best

To appear sensitive and caring,

But he fell short.

Struggling to find words

To look as if he cared,

But he’d been caught.

‘It’s such a great day!’

I didn’t hear him say.

Opher – 5.6.2020

One thing is quite clear – Trump completely lacks empathy. He not only cannot understand what motivates black people; he detests them. In his book they are losers.

Instead of showing sympathy for the callous murder of George Floyd he merely said ‘It’s such a great day.’

Is it?

What did he mean by that?

A great day that George was murdered?

Poetry – Petulance defined

Petulance defined

Petulant, divisive, arrogant and vengeful.

He’s a man who wants to build a wall.

Narcissistic, belligerent and tyrannical.

Religious and conservative most hypocritical.

If he had his way he’d practice genocide.

But who he’d include he can’t yet decide.

Not the South Koreans or Russians for sure.

Probably just the people outside of his door.

Opher – 5.6.2020

Trump has become a tyrant, a totalitarian monster. He tramples over conventions, rights and laws.

Given more time he would completely dismantle the political system so that he could control everyone.

If you are not for him you are against him and you need crushing.

He’s a fascist.