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What American Dream


By: Tony L. Jefferson, Jr.

Perceptions skewered by preconceptions

Enriched by hatred and racism

Stoked by the powers that divide

Why must we bend to the will of money?

I’m classy but in the wrong class

Apparently I’m only second class

Rich folks won’t even give me a second glance

Tell me I’m over qualified for work that good ole boy is qualified for

Shit we had the same credentials

But I excelled further

But they couldn’t see that while looking at my color

Cause I didn’t have an Armani suit

Cause my watch didn’t bling like Rolex

Cause I came from an area where the crime rises higher than the buildings

Now lying defunct and abandoned

Why hath thou been forsaken?

Reganomics ruined my economics

But that’s not an excuse

Cause at my heart I’m a hustler

Out for my piece of the pie

The American dream is but a myth crafted by Wall Street

With our blank check from China

Off the backs of the poor and middle class

Whom they also call second class

Cause first class get’s the lobster and shrimp

While I’m in the back eating stale pretzels

 

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Security Breach


 

 

By: Tony L. Jefferson, Jr.

 

 

I once trusted your usefulness

Now I see you’re useless

Unable to make a simple decision

A decision simple but also complex at the amount of lives it affects

But you don’t see that struggle

You sit fat and happy behind fine oak

Soft plush chairs

Ultra modern themes

Counting your stacks of money

While the rest of us starve

I wish I could rely on your competence

But now I see clearly

The wool has been pulled from my eyes

I see your corruption as plan as a summer day

Millions of live depend on your decisions

But you can’t even make simple ones

Where all you need to do is compromise

Come together as one

But the old time feel has arrived

Back to Jim Crow and Segregation

Battle of the classes

The rich and the poor

The haves and have not’s

Well we second class citizens have had it with your leadership

You play us like chess pieces

We’re no longer a pawn in your game

We are free

If not physically then in our minds

Because thoughts begat actions

And our awakening has begun

 

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You can have your Tea, I’d rather drink Water!


 

 

 

By: Tony L. Jefferson, Jr.

 

An inaccurate portrait is often painted about the Tea Party. They are often portrayed as racist, which isn’t all of the way accurate. I think of them more as narcissists. They are completely oblivious to the fact that their rhetoric is offensive to the rest of the country. Sure they rant about big government, high taxes and the like. This however is just a cover for the real agenda of the Tea Party.

These same folks totally ignored the rambunctious spending of the Bush era and not even a month after Obama was in office, they started to complain. Their message “we have to take America back” is often chimed time and time again. What exactly are we taking America back from or to? Is it the fact that minorities are progressing in this country after so many years and the majority is shook by the revelation that a Black man took the Presidency? Yes and no. President Obama taking office did enrage many conservative Americans and historically most conservatives in America are white Americans.

Let’s get back to government spending. Tea partiers and other conservatives often challenge the Medicare system. A few of the Tea Party hopeful’s one being Rand Paul are physicians who benefit from Medicare payments to doctors. He is also an opponent of Medicare spending except when it pertains to himself. At most Tea Party rallies the crowd consist of people who benefit from the same thing they are protesting against Medicare. When asked about this they often get confused and say some don’t deserve the help, but they are living large off of government spending. The average Tea party person is sincerely against government spending – with the exception of the money spent on them. This confusion and lack of understanding is essentially how most of this political party functions. Confusing and misleading the average American by playing on their fears and emotions.

The master manipulator Sarah Palin is a prime example of this. People have all but forgot how much of a pawn she was in the VP race and how absolutely ridiculous her arguments were in debates and on issues affecting the country. Now out of nowhere she is a wise ole sage, an experienced stateswoman, and the supposed leader of the Tea Parties misguided movement.

What the party is playing on is the fact that majority of Americans are misinformed or totally oblivious to what is going on in the country besides the bias they hear on the news. Yes, the government is overspending as it always has done, this isn’t a new trend. Just as the economical mess were in isn’t a new trend. The economy goes in cycles, which is standard data. Us poor and middle class Americans didn’t know a recession was going on till rich Americans started complaining. The middle class and the poor have been in a recession for most of our lives. It’s only when a few dollars started getting snatched out of the wealthy Americans pockets that they became enraged. When the President stated that we should let the Tax cuts expire for the wealthiest Americans and keep them for Middle America. They went on a smear campaign engaging those same Americans with lies and conspiracies. Socialism this, communist that, too liberal, to biased, anti business etc. The wealthy preached to the middle class and the poor about how evil the government is and how by forcing rich people to pay their share of the taxes is wrong and stops job growth. Unfortunately the average American ate those lies up.

Corporate America, Wall Street and other big companies started lying off workers, not so much because they are hurting for money to pay these people, but to make a statement disguised as they are losing money. If the Tea Party actually believed in what they preach to us and actually had real solutions instead of ways to cut help to the majority we would actually pay attention. Spending cuts in education, public works, welfare or Medicare isn’t exactly the right solution to solving the deficit problem. The truth is the deficit is always going to be high and we will never pay off that imaginary number. In order to create jobs and not just getting by paycheck to paycheck jobs but good paying jobs, you have to invest in education. You have to have public works such as construction, police, fireman, etc., and since the Tea Party objects to the Healthcare Plan we Medicare and welfare don’t hurt. What we need is better oversight on these programs. Fire all of those corrupt politicians and misguided souls and replace them with a diverse, intelligent, group that actually cares about the country as a whole instead of just themselves and votes.

All in all the Tea Party like so many other grassroots organizations isn’t bad for America, but they aren’t exactly helping the cause if they continue to preach the ugly, racist, biased, non conforming bullshit that other politicians do. This is just one organization, but right now they are the most prominent.

If America continues to fight against each other and not come together for the common good, nothing will ever get accomplished; our enemies win in the end because we can’t get along. The beauty of this country is its diversity, its moral obligation o do what’s right such as end slavery, establish women’s rights, and protect civil liberties. If we continue down this road we’re going, we’re no better than the countries we pick wars with.

 
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Posted by on November 17, 2010 in Essays and Journals, Political Poetry

 

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Red vs. Blue


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By: Tony L. Jefferson, Jr.

Scratch the surface of me

And you’ll find out what I am meant to be

A tiny voice hidden in a mass field of voices

Struggling to be heard by at least one

That one will tell another and another will tell another

That one day what was written by one inspired a generation

A lost people

A lost soul

To fight back against lies spoken and written by people that love misery

With greed they try to conquer your thoughts

Helping you to make decisions that do benefit you

But instead line their filthy pockets with all your hopes and dreams

Right wing conspiracy vs. Left wing controversy

Two sides fighting for their version of right

But what about the people that matter

Us

We

The supposed United States broken up into Red and Blue

Why not join to make Purple states

Where the Red and Blue join together to make one

Converging ideas that make the ideal of the United States seem right and true

Politics sicken me

Politicians I despise

We elected you and we can take you away

Support each other for the betterment of US

For the betterment of WE

For the continued success of the United States

 

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Freedoms Patriots


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By: Tony L. Jefferson, Jr.

 

We fight for another

One another

And another

The voice of the masses

Matching might and wit

Conquering all enemies foreign and domestic

We sacrifice a lot in defense of our nation

Our lives, our families, and our sanity

Nevertheless, we do it without complaint

Who else would take on such a mighty responsibility?

Three hundred million vs. two million

Young, strong freedom fighters

Soldiers, sailors, marines, and airmen

Twenty four seven

Three sixty five

Through fire and ice

Through blowing sand and bullet storms

We fight

Not because we have to

But because it is a duty we swore to uphold

Lives torn

Lives lost

Veterans return to a different home

Applaud, congratulate, and embrace us heroes

We are freedoms patriots

Protecting and serving

You

 

 

 

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On the Way Home


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By: Tony L. Jefferson, Jr.

 

This immense feeling of freedom rings

In my ears like the tool of the liberty bell

So many years before my time

So many fears and so many tears

We have shed and shed throughout this turbulent year

A lifetime it seems of wishing and waiting

On the tide of change eagerly waiting to embrace our souls

Loss of faith along the way coupled with loss blessings

Combine to form chaos in the lives of young men and women

Dangers we face

Tragedy we overcome

The outlooks of strangers change over time

And the bond between us becomes stronger

New challenges we face in route to our destinations

Dreams deferred and lives put on hold

Awaiting this unholy war to finally end

I wish, no I pray for good fortune to all

As we reach out destinations

On our way home

 
 

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Kings’ Legacy (for Martin Luther King and Barack Obama)


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By: Tony L. Jefferson, Jr.

Years and Years
We have fought for so many years
Upon this land of supposed prosperity and freedom
Striped of the privilege of the American Dream
Now they must grant us our seat at the table
Because today we stand on the shoulders of giants
Overcome we have
Through the fire we pushed on
Looking over our shoulder only at the historical
Focused on our future endeavors
A young preacher from Georgia
A young Senator from Illinois
Two dynamic people
Two inspirations to the masses
Their greatness unparalleled
One preacher’s revelation has become a reality
We all hold hands as one
In this moment in history
As we welcome our 44th President of the United States
President Barack Obama

 

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