Today’s poem is a found poem from a David Corn column that appeared in Mother Jones on March 24, 2021.

If You’re Invited, Don’t Go To This Party

The Republican Party is not a party
of ideas or policies.
It is a party of 
grievance
—including phony grievance—
that is animated 
by the organizing 
principle of tribal 
resentment. 

It is hard to compromise with that, 
and it is tough to achieve unity 
with those who embrace 
such a stand. 

GOP leaders now see 
their future as tied to 
the exploitation of unfounded angst, 
the fanning of false narratives, and 
the suppression of democracy. 

The party resides within 
a dark, nonsensical, racist framework—
and there is no sign this is a framework
its leaders 
or its voters 
wish 
to cancel.

©David Siller – 2021

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