(Ferlinghetti, born in 2019, wrote this poem in 2007, when George W. Bush was president.)
“Pity The Nation”
Pity the nation whose people are sheep,
and whose shepherds mislead them.
Pity the nation whose leaders are liars, whose sages are silenced,
and whose bigots haunt the airwaves.
Pity the nation that raises not its voice,
except to praise conquerors and acclaim the bully as hero
and aims to rule the world with force and by torture.
Pity the nation that knows no other language but its own
and no other culture but its own.
Pity the nation whose breath is money
and sleeps the sleep of the too well fed.
Pity the nation — oh, pity the people who allow their rights to erode
and their freedoms to be washed away.
My country, tears of thee, sweet land of liberty.
Our communities are at the heart of this movement. Taking action in our communities, in our districts, in our states to build long-lasting local power.
Why? Because when we all build our power locally, our collective power can change what’s politically possible.
This year, alongside our daily Indivisible work, we want to highlight the importance of giving back to our communities in the form of service. That’s why this January 21, Indivisible is proud to partner with the Corporation for National & Community Service to support volunteer projects happening across the country as a part of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service.
Service to our communities is at the heart of everything we do as a movement, and we invite everyone to take part and honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy.
Here’s what you can do this MLK Day:
Check out the MLK Day events near you at MLKday.gov. If there’s a service opportunity in your area, talk to your local Indivisible group, friends, and family about attending together.
Plan your own event! If there’s not an event currently near you, you can also plan your own service project. Be sure to register your event on MLKday.gov to help others find your project and spread the word, as well as registering on the Indivisible event map. For more resources and ideas, check out this event toolkit prepared by Global Citizen.
More than ever, we need to hold tight to the values of justice and freedom that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. espoused in his life. By weaving service into our lives as Indivisibles, we honor Dr. King’s legacy by giving back to our communities on January 21 and beyond.
by Nathaniel Smith, Politics: A View from West Chester, 2/19/18
Dear School Children of America,
Happy Presidents’ Day!
Is this a great country or what? We honor an unbroken succession of (mostly) great presidents going way back to our Founding as a nation.
In school you may be learning things like history and critical reading, but we want to assure you that we, and especially our friends on the U.S. Supreme Court, know exactly what the Founders wanted: a chicken in every pot, a gun in every closet, all that.
You can leave this government stuff to us; it’s too complicated for you to understand right now and we don’t have time to explain it to you. You may well think we can’t have both children and guns, but our sponsors tell us we can and we believe them….
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