To All The Politicians

Don’t think I don’t see the way you lace your fingers, bow your head in solemn prayer, yet keep your eyes lifted to make sure all the various news programs are watching. Your speech is full of all the usual polished platitudes and all the shiny symbols of performative grief and commemoration, all with the expectation that we will find yours more sincere than your opponent’s.  Sure, you love your country, sure.  But it’s a toxic love. You are a scorpion and these tragedies are merely square tiles in the campaign strategy chessboard upon which you will strike – anything to win.

From The Sunday Muse

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The Sunday Muse, Shay’s Word Garden Word List, Poets And Storytellers United, W3, WODC (Win), WODC (Commemorate)

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To be honest, I didn’t have a specific politician in mind. I just find most politicians to be generally worthless this time of year.

62 comments

  1. I would comment, but I have to be photographed wearing a hard hat and talking to a man also wearing a hard hat. Then on to the old folks home to be photographed smiling down at an old lady in a wheelchair. Then a family pic of me, my husband, and out two perfect kids, all smiling. Once all of this is done, no more pictures but it’s time to go kiss the butts of my donors and to mouth a few things they expect to hear from me. Then, finally, I get a little time on my own to go meet my thing on the side, which weirdly resembles the exact type of thing I rail against in public. So vote for me! I will promise you anything but give you Arpege!

    –Shay

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    • And it’s so unfortunate, because at its core, a person who runs for and holds political office should be doing this because they want to serve their community and country. But instead, it’s all just a power grab. Shay’s comment is fantastic. Thank you for providing part of the inspiration.

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  2. I find most politicians to be worthless in general. All of them will milk a tragedy, disaster or crises for political gain. If there is no crisis at hand, they will create one.

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  3. Maybe it’s not just the politicians we have to be careful about, but also their hangers-on, “aides” and “friends” who think they have something to gain when their bet wins power? But a country still needs to be run.

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  4. They ALL lie and say things what we want to hear.
    Except for the time I ran for Justice of the Peace, and I knew my opponent’s husband was moving to California shortly, way before her term was up. But I didn’t spread that TRUE news. And I lost the election, 49.xx percent to 50.xx. And she did move.
    Our God works in mysterious ways, He is omniscient and knows everything, past, present, and future. Even though the job was part time, I would never have been able to do both all my teaching and this well. retired from teaching after 22 years later.
    ..

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  5. Congrats to you as a human being for having created a community of commenters that don’t go nuts about one certain individual or another! Anyways, I majored in political science and did nothing with my degrees. People will ask me what I think about this or that issue and when I tell them I don’t care about it, they’ll say “But you majored in political science!” Yeah, my point exactly.

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    • I think everything depends on your audience. I feel like if I started posting some of my really unpopular opinions on poetry, my comment section might descend into incivility and chaos. Lots of people with opinions on poetry on WordPress. Granted, that might happen if I post really unpopular political opinion too. Online communities are funny though. I’ve stopped trying to predict the stats/how people will react to a particular post because I’m always wrong.

      I totally get it. I went through a political activism stage around college and now, I just don’t feel it in the same way. Part of it is that the nature of society and the political landscape has changed so much, part of it is that I’ve lost my capacity to be shocked by anything that happens in politics and it does breed a certain numbness.

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  6. I just returned from a “dinner” held by one of your two major political parties–a fundraiser, of course–and I see this! So, yeah.
    However, just rambling here, off the top of my head, I think some mean well, at first, anyway, but the process of “maturing” in the political world involves learning how to do all those things that resemble lying and manipulating etc. etc. — just due mainly to the necessity of having to be “popular” and get re-elected– and by the time they’ve been around awhile, if they still mean well, they are kind of a rarity. So this shit’s been around for some centuries and now it’s become so sophisticated and polished that John Fogarty finally said “And if I were a politician I could prove that monkey talk.” (Fogarty- “Penthouse Pauper”)
    It’s impossible not to be cynical.

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    • Oh fun! How was the dinner?

      I get it. Maybe this is generous, but I like to believe that most individuals got into politics because they were motivated by genuine desire to improve and serve their community and country. A few years back, someone I knew personally ran for governor and this person was someone I knew was motivated by good intentions. This was a person who had worked on the issues firsthand and knew what policies were and were not working. It’s just that the system is so brutal and ruthless that it changes a person. Spoiler alert, the person I knew who ran for governor did not win.

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      • The dinner was good! Chicken–but well prepared with mashed potatoes and brown gravy. How can you go wrong? The dessert was the highlight. Masterfully presented, not just a dessert but a work of art that could have been entitled “celebration of carbohydrates.” Just looking at it raised my blood glucose levels, and then I ate it. What can I say.

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  7. Politicians, they speak from both sides of their mouths, circus stunt for attention, and thoroughly trample integrity. You said it so much more eloquently than I could.

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  8. I actually have some sympathy for the politicians. It is extraordinarily easy to offend people, and it must be difficult having to go around your life walking on eggshells, even if you’re trying to save the planet.

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    • You make a good point. I imagine that many people go into politics because they genuinely want to improve their community and country. A few years ago, someone I knew personally ran for governor in our state and I can tell you that this was someone who had the purest of intentions, someone who had worked on the issues in a very hands-on way and knew what policies worked and didn’t work to address them and was running for office in order to change these policies. (Spoiler alert: Said candidate did not win.) But it’s a tough system and you become so dependent on votes, favors, money, and reputation, and then you have to spend all your energy chasing and maintaining these things.

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  9. Most politicians seem to be less than trustworthy. And they keep getting worse. Your piece does so well at pointing out how media–especially TV–has made their terrible behavior clear for all to see. Well, all who want to see.

    The tone of the poem is perfect, you weaved contempt and fact rather masterfully.

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