Friday, July 6, 2018

Some Words On Political Unrest in the Time of President Trump

Before I begin this little address, let me be clear: I am not a supporter of president Trump. That being said, I need to clarify another thing: I was not a supporter of Hillary Clinton. It is my belief that no one can support a candidate who does not know the formalities of the presidential title and makes a fool of himself almost daily on social media. As for Hillary, her involvement in the dubious conversations and mishaps with her colleagues (including the Democratic National Convention chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz) is enough for any follower of democracy to question her leadership capabilities.

Since the election of Trump, there seems to be a heightened focus on four main domestic concerns: racism, sexual abuse of women, LGBTQ rights, and immigration reform. The march on Charlottesville, Virginia, the rise of the "Me Too" movement, and the current spectacles of immigration holding stations are evidence that the media wants us to pay attention to these perceived problems.

It is understandable why citizens are growing angry at these spectacles; no one wants to repeat the sins of our past. People with liberal leanings seem to have accepted these injustices as their own personal struggle in the greater fight for freedom. Technology and the undoubtedly liberal-leaning mainstream media outlets are catalysts for anxiety and unrest. I think this is greatly evidenced by peoples' outlooks during this past Independence Day ("I won't celebrate this nation until everybody else is free," for instance).

All of these issues, though, are side-effects of a bigger problem - a problem that is noticed, but soon forgotten due to the emotional reactions to the symptoms. The issue is that the two-party system in the United States gives a lot of power to individuals from an extremely narrow set of ethical stances and philosophies. With the amount of money and influence that flows within the Republican and Democratic, a total revamp of the political structure could possibly allow for candidates with different skills and expertise. Until there are more choices, I think there is no choice but for the citizens to become radically independent. Any association or label that attaches someone to one of the two parties should be discouraged. Instead of saying "F**k Trump," let us say "Trump is part of the system and I am not part of the system."

Monday, April 11, 2016

Fourth of July, 1998

Explosions are not always painful

After we changed, canons argued
in the field while smoke puffed like breath

The guy who played General Lee said
it was music to his ears

When the battle ended, we sat on the hill
and listened to the marching band

At night, the fireworks came:
afterimages of smoke drooped
toward peoples’ smiles

You started clapping

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Sleep Prayer

If a dream is like a cathedral
then fear is the sermon

echoes of the liturgy sound
on the marble and tremble uncruched
roaches beneath the pews

heads are bowed and eyes are closed  

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Looking Through a Hole in the Mortar of the Bingo Hall

I see an excited man standing, everyone else sitting,
in the fourth row through the tobacco haze

He looks at his card, finger tracing,
eyes looking up down up down while a
toothless man somewhere in the back lifts
a bottle to his lips

The plastic balls click in the drum like
forgotten change at the laundromat

The man, hand raised, shouts over
four laughing ladies and the room
hushes to hear his case