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Last night, I had my feature at the Stone Soup Poetry Reading Series at The Yarrow Gallery in Cambridge.
I debuted a poem about the Occupy movement. There were a number of Occupy Boston people in the audience and suffice it to say they were less than amused. One man, who was sporting a witch hat, stood up and declared that I opposed democracy. These people are absolutely priceless.
It was Winston Churchill who said, “A man who isn’t a socialist has no heart
A man who is still a socialist at forty has no head.”
When I look at those occupying Wall Street, Dewey Square & elsewhere
I see a coalition of people too young to know any better
And too old to have learned life’s lessons
I see people who rally against the deadly sin of greed
While committing the equally deadly sin of envy
I see people who claim they represent the broad range of the political spectrum
Address one another as comrade
I see people who think the world owes them a living
I see people who think the rest of us should just roll over & play dead
I see people eager to tell me what my needs are
While having no clue how to figure out their own
You don’t know what you want and you want it now
I see people who think the butcher cuts meat, the baker makes cake
And the brewer fills his keg out of benevolence
I see people who wish to share and march for life’s glories -
Bread, roses and The Apple iPhone 4s - preferably in black
I see people who think they are doing something new
This isn’t the first time a group of people with Bohemian roots
Has blamed one percent of the population for all the ills in the world
So it comes as no surprise to me that the great-grandchildren of Adolf Hitler
See fit to embrace you as you sit and wait for your Fuhrer to arrive
I see people engaged in a social experiment that is doomed to failure
To paraphrase Churchill on democracy,
“Capitalism is the worst economic system
Except for all those other systems that have been tried.”
If you think this is your finest hour the clock has only begun to tick
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?