Belated remorse and regrets?
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.
Lawrence Ferlinghetti – Web-Site
Yes, indeed, I very sadly agree!
Pity us all!
We are once again very deviously,
very deliberately being misled, and
rather than being careful, cautious, alert and attentive
to the really necessary corrective tasks ahead,
the loyalist followers of these liars and lunatics
are loudly cheering them on, and wickedly,
willfully exhorting them instead.
These are once again times of insecurity,
of lurking deadly danger, of looming devastation,
of divisiveness, hatred, bigotry, belligerence,
of targeted destruction, and of leering dread!
A curse is no cure!
However, with all this loud belated lamenting,
this reprehensible, regretful cacophony
in these days without real hope,
who helped braid and prepare the noose
of the hangman’s rope?
Who slipped it so willingly over their own heads,
and tied it gladly, joyfully, cheerfully around their own necks?
Who will not now admit of having been
wanton, willing, collaborative participants
in the creation of this fiasco,
this catastrophe, this public hanging,
of being contributors
in the choice of their own execution
and their own executioner?
Now what? Where do we go from here?
What is the way out of this muck,
this morass, this mania and madness?
How can we restore a sense of sanity, safety and security?
What are the means of modification and extrication?
What is the solution?
What is our salvation?
Gerhard A. Fürst,