“Hate Speech”

I try to keep most of my political comments on my “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit…” site. However, several things I have read recently in some poetry blogs have gotten my ire up. I have issue with statements of belief by one person being taken as a personal attack by another when there was obviously no intent at malice; just a statement of opinion.

Who is Hating?

It has been confirmed recently that I am among
The most evil of creatures remaining on earth:
The white, Christian, conservative, straight male.
I alone among the tribes of the world are others
Allowed to hate solely based on what I am,
While anything I express in disagreement with
Another’s beliefs is considered “hate speech”.
I do not agree with Muslims and their oppressive,
Repressive Sharia law that kills gays and abuses women;
But, I do not hate them – surely not as much as they me.
I do not agree with homosexuality, and saying so is
Enough to have me ostracized. But I do not hate them
And have never acted or protested against them.
I do not agree with liberal, socialist politics and those
That promote government dependence and a policy of
Lowering to the least common denominator instead of
Working to raise everyone to a higher standard. But, I do
Not hate them or turn to personal attacks as my argument.
Why is it that it has become socially and politically acceptable
To publicly, and harshly, lambast me personally for my beliefs,
But any general opinion or belief I may express is called “hate”?
 
© Mark Windham 2011

I was also somewhat disappointed recently to see the support that the Poetry Foundation is showing for the “occupy” movement. Not surprised, mind you. The realm of poetry, at least that published and publicly recognized, has been a bastion of liberal thinking for some time. I just wonder what the odds are of  ever seeing them promote a collection of Tea Party Poetry. Something about a snowball and Hades comes to mind.

America the Beautiful

2010

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.

America the beautiful,
Absolutely!
Diverse in terrain, people and architecture,
Splendid in its allure,
Mountain, desert, forest and sea.
Home of the brave,
Without question!
Pay your respects to the greatest of any fighting force;
Politics be damned, staying the course,
Apparent last defender of an idealistic bastion.
Land of the free?
One begins to wonder….
Dependent, learning to vote for sustenance.
“Politician” uttered as profanity, a career instead of a service;
Bloated on corruption, committed to a course of plunder.
The American Dream,
Alive… assailed.
Success demonized by agenda driven media,
Intention the primary standard, profit a stigma,
A people bereft of the great Pursuit and all it entailed. 
© Mark Windham 2011

I guess that is enough of the soap box for this site….

2 Comments

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2 responses to ““Hate Speech”

  1. I can’t agree more. Beautiful writing, Mark.

    Judging others only burdens the person judging. At the end of the day, it’s not worth it.

    At the end of the day, “the king and the pawn go in the same box”.

    Look forward to more,

    Millie

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