Regime Change

I should’ve never dived head first,
into this cesspool of greed and deception.
I should’ve probed the water first.
I haven’t been able to change—
not even one, of those extremist ideologies.

I used to be content in my own space—
writing my liberty rhymes.
But when I was affronted by those injustices,
I was obliged to protest with political poetry.

Trying to turn the tide,
in the evil hearts of men—
but the waves keep crashing in.

Oh, how my eyes burn from the smoke—
when will the people learn—there’s fallout,
when you don’t defend your fellowman?

By: ElRoyPoet © 2021

Listen to Jason Gray—Fear Is Easy, Love Is Hard song

On January 27, 1838, Abraham Lincoln addressed the Young Men’s Lyceum in Springfield, Illinois: “At what point then is the approach of danger to be expected? I answer, if it ever reach us, it must spring up among us. It cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide.” Christian McWhirter, Historian at Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum has said that Lincoln’s main subject in this speech, which is generally considered to be Lincoln’s first great speech, was ‘The Perpetuation of our Political Institutions’: “By that, he meant he was concerned about a recent rise in extra-legal, mob violence in America. […] Lincoln believed America’s young democratic institutions were fragile […] and advised his audience that their political concerns could only be properly addressed through the law. Although mob action may seem expedient, it ultimately damages the rule of law, and with it the Constitution, and with that democracy itself. Thus, the reference to national “suicide.””

“Those who would give up essential liberty, to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.” By: Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)

“We must choose to live in this world and to project our own meaning and value onto it in order to make sense of it. This means that people are free and burdened by it, since with freedom there is a terrible, even debilitating, responsibility to live and act authentically. Every human is free, but freedom itself is relative; one must embrace limits, moderation, ‘calculated risk’; absolutes are anti-human. ‘I choose freedom. For even if justice is not realized, freedom maintains the power of protest against injustice and keeps communication open.’” (Is this is what happens when polarization takes hold of society?) “If you are thoroughly committed to an idea, are you compelled to kill for it? What price for justice? What price for freedom? Absolutism, and the impossible idealism it inspires, is a dangerous path forward.” Excerpts from How Camus and Sartre split up over the question of how to be free

The righteous care about justice for the poor, but the wicked have no such concern. Where there is no vision, the people perish… Many seek the ruler’s favor; but every man’s judgment comes from The Lord. There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death. The simple believe anything, but the prudent give thought to their steps. The wise fear The Lord and shun evil, but a fool is hotheaded and yet feels secure. Bible, Proverbs 29:7,18,26; 14:12,15,16

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