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Prophetic Poem - July 4th Freedom Lost


US Politics & Gov't  (tags: July 4, prophetic poem, freedom lost, security, Patriot Act )

Dandelion
- 535 days ago - dailykos.com
Fear convinces even the most brilliant of men To trade their freedom to feel secure again As long as their leaders use an appropriate acronym*.



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Christeen Anderson (550)
Wednesday July 3, 2013, 7:40 pm
Very nice. Thank you.
 

Jae A. (321)
Wednesday July 3, 2013, 10:23 pm
I can only say...........BRAVO !...and thank you Dandelion for finding and sharing. BRAVO ! !
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday July 3, 2013, 10:59 pm
Cheers Dandelion
 

Rose NoFWDSPLZ (281)
Wednesday July 3, 2013, 11:19 pm
That picture makes me want to cry Thanks Dandelion
 

Julia R. (294)
Wednesday July 3, 2013, 11:42 pm
A poem which is fitting for our July 4th holiday as it really makes us think about freedom in a much more universal way! It is a very serious and reflective poem which makes us think about the high price of losing our freedoms every day and in the end what have do we become? Great post Dandelion.
 

John B. (122)
Thursday July 4, 2013, 4:45 am
Wonderful! Thanks Dandelion! Read and noted.
 

Deb E. (63)
Thursday July 4, 2013, 6:42 am
I feel no desire for celebration today. We are not free. Our government of, by, and for the people is fading into just a memory of a desire. I can only hope this corporate takeover is defeated one day. The words should read "all people are created equal" but instead it still reads " all men". TY
 

Edwin M. (356)
Thursday July 4, 2013, 6:54 am
Whenever the government or a corporation wants something from the masses they just stick the word "patriotic" in and sure enough people will follow, because no one wants to be considered unpatriotic.
 

Dandelion G. (384)
Thursday July 4, 2013, 7:01 am
I agree Deb with your statement. Can't send you another star, too soon.
 

Anne P. (251)
Thursday July 4, 2013, 7:02 am
Thank you, Dandelion. Very important poem. I am not afraid. I will speak out against tyranny and oppression so long as I draw breath.

Repeat to yourself the Litany Against Fear of the Bene Gesserit sisterhood from Dune:

I must not fear.
Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my fear.
I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the fear has gone there will be nothing.
Only I will remain.
 

Kit B. (276)
Thursday July 4, 2013, 8:01 am

I read all the poems on the KOS page and love the one from Anne P as well. We have become so easy to scare and so unwilling to fight for right. I don't think this is the death knell for the United States, but for freedom, well.... we are only too willing to exchange freedom for a tiny piece of comfort.

I do believe Liberty is shedding tears. Apathy is a cancer in the soul of Liberty.
 

Anna Undebeck (205)
Thursday July 4, 2013, 8:11 am
Oh, my...THANK YOU Dandelion. SO many tears... I am crying so I can hardly see what Iam writing. The poems really "got to me" .... iTruly touched my heart.
Sharing!!! Thanks again for sharinf Dandelion!!! Xxx
 

Dandelion G. (384)
Thursday July 4, 2013, 8:20 am
“When the people fear the government there is tyranny, when the government fears the people there is liberty.”
― Thomas Jefferson
 

cynthia B. (267)
Thursday July 4, 2013, 8:28 am
A sad state of being, living in Fear. We have to unite and demand our rights and stand against oppression. Lady Liberty has the right to cry over the state of our affairs as they are sad, sad, sad. thx for posting
 

lee e. (114)
Thursday July 4, 2013, 8:31 am
All very profound and yes, prophetic poems - I keep wondering if I'm willing to go to jail for freedom - my health has not really permitted it of late, but if I were younger, there'd be no question! Our youth have never known another America, hence the apathy I think!
Will we ever have our country back again?
 

Terrie Williams (773)
Thursday July 4, 2013, 9:55 am
Well.....there went the last of my good mood for the day. Very prophetic poems from very insightful people.
I learned at a very tender age to not live in fear when I lived overseas behind the Iron Curtain. The only true fear I had was that nightmare coming to this nation, and it has....so, there is no longer something to fear, only something to fight....and probably die for.

Fear will paralyse one to the point of inaction when action is called for. It will also kill one's soul if one lets it. I think this is part of the problem in our country of late. That and pure apathy from those who have known only comfort all their lives or from having never left this country for other nations who do not have it so comfortable as we do.

What it will all come down to I think, just my lil' ol' 2/100ths is.....what is one truly willing to give up their life for.....family, friends, freedom, liberty, true justice.....I choose all of those as best reasons for the sacrifice. When a person no longer has any fear, they are capable of anything.......and THAT is what this Fascist regime fears most. 310+ million human beings all awakening at the same time and loosing their fear. I know this is a dream of mine and probably will never happen....but what if it did my peeps.....what if it did.
 

Michael M. (59)
Thursday July 4, 2013, 10:03 am
Watching the govt response closely these days, I recognise unfortunately that the feds are NOT backing off the totalitarian approach .

Initially what YOU ca do, is to cease to back the security state itself:
Demand Constitutional freeedoms no matter what fears about being bombed by weirdo arabs. Your leaders have utterly succumbed to fear. Look for people with enough personal courage to NOT pick up weapons or assassinate every time they feel attacked.

You see, the arabs live in an extremely repressed culture, and this leads to frustration which leads fast to violent ideas.
Part of that repression is sequestration and control of women, and that, while intractable (you aren't going to change that with force or demand), removes the civilising pressure of compassion.
I leave it up to you personally to decide what you will do about lack of compassion wherever you encounter it.
 

Ljiljana Milic (108)
Thursday July 4, 2013, 12:10 pm
You cannot currently send a star to Dandelion because you have done so within the last day.
 

Shawna S. (44)
Thursday July 4, 2013, 2:12 pm
Freedom is found within.

Have a great 4th of July!!
 

Lois Jordan (58)
Thursday July 4, 2013, 4:53 pm
Adding my thanks for posting, Dandelion....poetry so true. And, Anne P.'s was excellent, too.
I decided a long time ago that I wasn't afraid. 9/11 hit our household hard because it left my husband stranded for 3 days while we wondered what was going on. As I watched the Twin Towers and Pentagon continue to burn for weeks, I wondered why the fires burned so long. I heard Dumbya tell everyone to "go shopping." I woke up. Then, I awakened my family. There is no fear here, but a lot of frustration and residual anger. As I attempt to wake up others, I am annoyed and then disgusted at their apparent apathy.
I try to forgive those who are uninvolved...we are all busy. But, we have still got much to fight for. I, too, mourn America on this Fourth. But, I also reaffirm my determination to continue fighting those who oppress.
 

Sandi C. (238)
Thursday July 4, 2013, 8:29 pm
noted
 

SusanAWAY Allen (219)
Friday July 5, 2013, 6:12 am
Excellent! Noted and shared.
 

Mitchell D. (132)
Friday July 5, 2013, 4:46 pm
So many great , insightful comments.
Thanks, Dandelion, Anne, and the rest.
Edwin's comment about "Patriotism," is so right...so many are just like sheep; so easily led...and then proud of it.
Jingoism is one of the things I hate the most.
I hold Pelosi to blame for some of the crap we are in, giving Bush Carte Blanche!
How fast people fell into line, blaming the French and Germans for not joining Bush in Iraq. For what, for the oil companies?!
I marched against the war in Vietnam, at the Pentagon, when LBJ lied his ass off.
Read "Democracy for the Few," by Michael Parenti, and "Capitalism Hits the Fan," By Richard Wolff.
 

Giana Peranio-Paz (394)
Sunday July 7, 2013, 3:17 am
She really should be sobbing, out loud!
 

Terrie Williams (773)
Wednesday July 10, 2013, 7:45 am
You cannot currently send a star to Mitchell because you have done so within the last day.

Sigh......well, Mitchell, the star police won't let me give you another for today's comment, but well said!
 

Michael M. (59)
Thursday July 11, 2013, 5:08 pm
Because of the cascade of events going on now:
Whistle blowers threatened by the government with life imprisonment or death for exposing unconstitutional acts by government entities
Private mining companies arming guards with assault weapons to kill protestors of the coming largest open pit mine destroying Wisconsin forest and waters, and poisoning to some extent Lake Superior when in action. Now you know why protest is happening.
Supreme Court ruling that corporations can control elections, influence ALL government decisions,
Governments playing servant to corporations planning to sell the worst climate -changing fossil fuels (coal, coal trains, coal ports, Canada and US Tar Sands, leaky pipelines, poisoning huge coastal waters like the Gulf of Mexico.
Controlling media discussion of the exposures of US and other wrongdoing by making out honorable young men as "traitors, spies" - thus directly lying to the public, as the Bush/Cheney administration did over 900 times knowingly concerning Hussein's Iraq.
Governments attempting to re-extinguish North America's vital apex predator the Gray Wolf, in spite of their irreplaceable position in creating healthy intact, resilient historical ecosystems, ALL FOR the wishes of a few psychotic "sport" killers and for ranchers who have so degraded the US West by overgrazing YOUR public lands
GMO monocropping, farms as industry creating costly fuel instead of food, and resultant pesticide poisoning of your waters, and so much more

For all these reasons, this NOW is a very important time to change your government through realigning it with its original Constitution, in spite of almost all legislative executive, and high judicial hell-bent on turning your nations into totalitarian regimes and oppressive societies.

Hello NSA boys!
 

Nancy C. (812)
Sunday July 21, 2013, 9:12 am
We have another course of action to remember. That is to boycott companies, states and products who are connected to ALEC, the Koch Brothers Monsanto,and close-minded politicians. We've got a good start at grabbing the gold ring in the circle game (remember Joni Mitchell) from the grassroots. As depressing as it all is, I try to have hope for the 99% and the earth.
 

Gina Caracci (231)
Sunday July 21, 2013, 2:45 pm
Too many dont know whats going on or just dont care.
I posted on FB all that will happen someday if we dont stand up NOW. Did I get a single like or comment?
I tell people whats going on and that it IS a conspiracy and they think IM the crazy one.
people are too concerned with themselves, until something happens..then they scream "why didnt anyone do anything?"
even with all the crap, at least we can bitch about them (FOR NOW)
join a protest people, get others to get involved as well, b4 its too late
 

Dandelion G. (384)
Sunday July 21, 2013, 2:54 pm
We keep trying Gina, that is all we can do, is keep on keeping on.

Back in my youth we had a saying, "Keep on Truckin"
 
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