As always, thank you for reading and sharing my blog! I am an independent poet, author, and singer/songwriter and I have my own ebay business to keep me as flexible as possible. But, writing takes time and if you appreciate what I do, if you have been moved or made to think by my writing, OR have just enjoyed something on my blog, please throw a buck or two in my tip jar! Your kind contribution may buy me a cup of coffee out at my next writing session. Click my easy paypal “tip jar” link that follows and THANKS! -Luke
Mr. Mortensen, I read that you’re endorsing Jill Stein
You may have friends, but now you’re no friend of mine
I’m the de facto American 2-Party System
And if you’re a REAL patriot, then you’ll only vote within them
I mean, there are a hundred arguments for why voting 3rd party is dumb
Just for whiny-baby ethics voters, sucking on their thumbs
But, aren’t you from upstate New York? Hell, that’s like being half-Canadian
And you’re voting like your Canadian half, not the half that’s ‘Murican
You must think that you’re smart, Viggo… reading Camus— speaking Italian and French
But in this Country’s political dialogue, your intellect doesn’t gain you an inch
Don’t you realize that your Stein vote is only a throw-away
And the right time for a protest vote DEFINITELY isn’t on Election Day
I read your published letter that endorses Jill Stein
But, “Speaking truth to power,” won’t earn your candidate Big Bank dimes
Viggo, don’t you understand the facts
And how a citizen in the voting booth should act
Trump supporters assert that 3rd Party votin’
Is basically just an indirect vote for old “pay-to-play” Clinton
And Hillary lovers say voting 3rd party only gives a bump
To their sworn enemy— the “racist, xenophobic, misogynistic, pussy-grabbing” Trump
So, basically, if you cast a vote for Stein or Johnson
You’re paradoxically, at the same time, casting a vote for both Trump and Clinton
Though you only vote for one, you’re somehow also voting for the other two
Making your vote, according to the pundits, only work against you
Mr. Mortensen, you better own up to the sad truth, though it’s tragic
Don’t you know, Viggo? In America, 3rd Party votes are black magic
My fellow Americans, tomorrow is the big day. Vote your conscience after considering all of your options in due diligence. Also, if you choose not to vote for some ethical position, that is fine too. This election has done so much to divide us. Never have I witnessed a more fractured USA in my lifetime. Let’s do our best to be kind to one another, even when our political opinions differ.
To Mr. Mortensen, thank you for taking an unpopular stand for your chosen candidate and presenting your reasons in a well-written, and dare I say, truly patriotic fashion.
To read the mentioned endorsement letter, click this link:
If you are not familiar with Viggo Mortensen, check out the following link as well:
As always, thank you to anyone who reads and/or shares my blog. -Luke
My friends in the USA, there is so much ugliness being shoved in our faces on a national level at the moment… the ugliness of injustice, murders, racism, etc. (not to mention the social polarity brought on by the current election cycle). Unfortunately, that ugliness is real. It seems overwhelming. Still, it MUST, in its varied forms, be addressed and hopefully corrected, systemically from the top down and from the ground up.
BUT, there is still so much beautiful going on around us. You won’t much see it on the news, you won’t much hear about it on the radio. In this present America, you have to tune your attention to it as an act of will. Just walking around in Indianapolis with my kids yesterday, I saw the beautiful at work in my fellow humans, ordinary humans, on the streets, and we were able to be a part of it. It wasn’t in everyone, but it was in most people. My kids and I also got to be part of an amazing moment between several of us. It wasn’t a planned “event.” Just humans being humans to one another. Friends were made of strangers, and those strangers were not even the same color. Personal stories, help, and hopes were exchanged. No hashtags or clickbait articles were necessary to make it happen. Only beating human hearts and willing minds. It gave me some real hope for humanity in the day to day, at ground level.
That said, this is my admonition, first to myself and then to my friends. Hell, even as I secular person I don’t mind calling it a “prayer”… a prayer that WE will have to answer ourselves: Please don’t let the ugliness that dwells in some places and in some people around you turn YOU ugly in spirit. Yes, stand for the right and against the wrong. Speak and act (peacefully) against it. Yet, never forget that there is more light shining through we who are good than darkness manifesting through those who are bad. Don’t let the darkness of “them” dim the light of “us.” The “us” who are found among all colors, creeds, and countries. If ever we needed to be, we need to be countrymen, fellow citizens, friends, and most of all, lovers of one another in this present day. In the words of my mom to me as a young boy, “Be careful that you do not become what you hate in this world.” One of the hardest things in this life is to have your heart broken, but not let it then turn into fractured stone.
There are some in this country who have the desire to fracture us all like broken glass along the contrived lines of their own selfish agendas. They hope to set us against one another via racial, political, gender, and ideological lines. That makes us weak and them strong. But, we must be countrymen and we must care for one another. We must care about our real flesh and blood fellow citizens above our own subjective ideologies. Please, tune your ears to the frequency of the common humans around you. Their hearts are beating a beautiful song. Let your own heart sing along. -Luke
Thank you for reading and sharing! I am an independent poet, author, and singer/songwriter and I have my own ebay business to keep me as flexible as possible. But, writing takes time and if you appreciate what I do, if you have been moved or made to think by my writing, OR have just enjoyed something on my blog, please throw a buck or two in my tip jar! Your kind contribution may buy me a cup of coffee out at my next writing session. Click my easy paypal “tip jar” link that follows and THANKS! -Luke