The Fireman

Sitting inside my house,
I’m feeling safe in my sanctuary.
These wooden walls will protect me,
from the evil that lurks outdoors.
Come rain or storm, I will survive.

But it just doesn’t make sense anymore,
if—when I look at the television,
I see pain and destruction all over the world?

I guess, I’ve lived a charmed life for way too long,
that my brain thinks
every day is easy—for everyone.

But the winds of change
are trying to blow my house down!
“Oh say can’t you see”
that the neo-facists intent—
is to burn our democracy to the ground!

When you smell smoke, there is fire,
and you can’t be hoping—the arsonists will stop,
because they won’t,
until we run out of trees or we extinguish their fire.

By: ElRoyPoet © 2021

See video: Let’s talk about the other 14 characteristics…

Commentary: When a country throws up its arms in disgust, because nobody wants to compromise and everybody is constantly digging in their heels, because they don’t want to relinquish the ideology of their polarized parties or culture groups. It becomes easier for society to become cynical about its democratic institutions and the government protections they provide. Physical and emotional fatigue makes cowards out of all of us, and when a patriot believes that he can’t win, he resigns to the temptation—that he perceives to be the easier way out—to forfeit democracy and let a power hungry strong man do the governing for him. In the Bible, the Jews had the opportunity to govern themselves with judges, but they always opted to relinquish their freedom to a king. This provided temporary peace of mind, but eventually the honeymoon is over and the domestic abuse begins.

See Video Kurt Bardella: Democracy Doesn’t Die In Darkness, It’s Happening In Broad Daylight

“When members of one major political party turn inward and reject discussing a diversity of ideas, radicalization happens, and the capacity to work with and create policy to benefit as many people as possible diminishes significantly.” Excerpt from Democrats’ isolation puts democracy in danger

“I am a democrat [proponent of democracy] because I believe in the Fall of Man. I think most people are democrats for the opposite reason. A great deal of democratic enthusiasm descends from the ideas of people like Rousseau, who believed in democracy because they thought mankind so wise and good that every one deserved a share in the government.
The danger of defending democracy on those grounds is that they’re not true. . . . I find that they’re not true without looking further than myself. I don’t deserve a share in governing a hen-roost. Much less a nation. . . .
The real reason for democracy is just the reverse. Mankind is so fallen that no man can be trusted with unchecked power over his fellows. Aristotle said that some people were only fit to be slaves. I do not contradict him. But I reject slavery because I see no men fit to be masters.”
Quote by: C.S. Lewis, “Equality,” in Present Concerns (reprint: Mariner Books, 2002), p. 17.

Complete version of “The Star-Spangled Banner” showing spelling and punctuation from Francis Scott Key’s manuscript in the Maryland Historical Society collection.

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