NOT THEIR PROTEST

This isn’t your grandparent’s protests
no spitting on soldiers
no pictures of Zippo raids
no rifles with flowers in the barrels
this is the common unity of Americans
the legs and backbone
the keystone
and foundation
the defiant arch
that has always made us great
the new shining beacon
for a way of life
a sacred promise
a New Deal
give me “your tired
your poor
your huddled masses
yearning to breathe free
the wretched refuse
of your teeming shore
send these, the homeless
tempest tossed to me
I lift my lamp beside the Golden Door”
we offer
prosperity in return for
dedication; loyalty;
and hard work

all lies now
turned to mold
the bakers have shuttered their doors
the pie is all media gratification
champagne dreams and caviar wishes
leads to new global
corporate slave trading

Only those bitten by the snake
know the burn
of hungry desperation
homes broken and foreclosed
employment held hostage
promises of economic recovery zones
that are only gilded cages
of monetary oppression
and the big wheel keeps rolling
gears of profit margin
private citizen meat grinder
911 conspiracy
race war sympathy
religious extremity
smoke and mirror distractions
reality TV sleight of hand
all on cable/internet
HD high speed on demand
DVR replaced VCR
like capitalism replaced patriotism
wings of thought clipped
drowning in slow stupid tar
ingenuity and self-reliance
our proud shared American history
of defiance
replaced
with oil dependency compliance
whole generations of veterans
coming home
to shallow morphine comfort
and the warm embrace of plastic limbs
and plastic political promises
depending on the latest polling trends
a whole generation
of young men and women
sent to destroy third world countries
while our government exports
living wage jobs
to foreign slave labor factories…

ALL HAIL THE AMERICAN DOLLAR
IN DEAD PRESIDENTS PORTARITS
6 INCH COTTON WEAVE CANVAS
AND THE POWER
THAT MONEY WILL COMPLY
DO WE TRUST

©workingclassproduction.com, 2015

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