Poet Maureen Medina directly engages the dialogue and slogans of MAGA supporters, confronting the double standards and ironies of their (unjust) cause. Responding to their narrow, inflammatory language, she reworks their words into a new, more inclusive message.
Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Life and Liberty
America is under attack Let us pray In the name of the father, the son and the Holy Spirit Please God, protect the supremacists MAGA terrorists, better known as patriots Alt right, white is right To hell with their colored compatriots Camp auschwitz, erase the indigenous 6 million wasn’t enough 4 centuries and counting aren’t enough Insurrection wasn’t enough Impeachment wasn’t enough Let’s ask McConnell Blue Lives Matter except at the capitol USA, KKK, parlay What did the Fox say? It’s all on Parler They say All Lives Matter Except the black ones Except the brown ones Except the female ones Except the trans ones Except the queer ones Except non-human ones All Whites Matter This isn’t the America they know Born of justice and peace for their kind But there is no justice, no peace When we are murdered in our sleep When we say we can’t breathe When our necks are crushed by knees Gunned down wearing hoodies Gunned down buying candy Destroyed for existing Systematic genocide Stand back and stand by Orders by 45, who’s now been impeached twice Stop the steal Yes, stop the steal Stop stealing the peace of a fairly won election. Concede. We chose Biden. Stop stealing lands and identities and calling it colonization Stop appropriating our culture, our grief, and calling it assimilation Stop stealing our dignity - or attempting to - because that’s straight up degradation Stop your stealing, suppressing, and sedition Stand back and stand by Orders by 45, wholly incapable of abiding by Democracy Incite all the proud boys and girls Grab ‘em by the motherfucking pussy Including the first female VP Oh, Harris. They want the sugar without the spice You are the first in the house but not the last Shatter the glass There is no ceiling Let’s move forward Please, no blasts from the past No more mass deportation No more mass incarceration Let’s change the system where the currency is our lives Change the climate from ICE to FIRE Because we’ve been hungry long before the strike And if hate is all we’ve got Where does that leave our melting pot? Scorched with gunshot residue This election can’t just be another shot in the dark Enough with the oligarchs who condemn anarchy while inciting violence and patriarchy In a country Divided by rhetoric that fits in a 280 character limit There are no filters, there are no limits Tweet-sized FASCISM. Shhhh, shhhh. Can’t we all just get along? Left, right - Let’s put aside our differences because we are all very special. Go home. I love you.
©Maureen Medina – 2021
Maureen Medina is an advocate for both human and non-human animals, and asserts that all oppression is connected. In alignment with the idea that none of us are free unless all of us are free, Maureen has created an initiative called Leave in Peace (LIP), which focuses on the human victims of animal agriculture. To learn more, please follow them on Facebook (Leave in Peace) and Instagram (@leave_in_peace), and visit linktr.ee/LeaveInPeace.
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