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Posted by on May 28, 2012 in Poems of Expression

 

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A Veteran


 

 

By: Tony L. Jefferson, Jr.

 

 

He’s truly walked the burning sands

Tested and true

Often leaving his family behind

To answer his nations call

He’s sad and weary

Mad and dreary

But still he fights

For the scraps he’s given

He takes on the world problems

But his are often ignored

He’s a veteran

A soldier

A loved one

A hero

But to him he’s just normal

Trying to make a living

A way out of no way

He’ll never understand his greatness

He’s not boastful

He’s silent

He fights his nations battles

Even when his world itself is falling apart

 

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Finding Forever


 

 

 

By: Tony L. Jefferson, Jr.

 

 

I thought you were forever, but you were just right now

Your lips formed love words that your heart never spoke

Hearts crushed with hollow tips shot by your betrayal

My head pounds daily thinking of the time wasted

Time better spent on other vices

Like liquor shots to the dome

Loving you was a never-ending war for your affection

Did you love me? Or did we just share the same space?

Temporarily

Tears fell like raindrops forming rivers through the valleys of my face

I’ve cried rivers

I’ve wept streams

All collected formed an ocean of sorrow at my feet

But in the forever I foresee

A light shines

I don’t need you; I’m just lusting after an expectation

Now I realize how important you aren’t

How my potential has increased

You weren’t a bust however

More like a learning experience

I’ve found peace in the fact that I can love hard

Even through adversity

I can love completely

I’ve found my forever

It’s always been within me

 

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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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Is Israel really our strongest ally?


By: Tony L. Jefferson, Jr.

Let me start by saying that I am not against Israel or Jewish people. I have no ill will toward Jews, Arabs or to my beloved country the United States of America. This article is only for discussion purposes and I am open to any opinion or fact presented in this discussion.

As history has shown us, the current country of Israel wasn’t formed till the year of 1948. Before that time the current land was ruled by the Ottoman Empire, who also controlled a large area of Arab territory.  The current state of Israel was called Ottoman Palestine and was occupied by people of Arabic decent.

It wasn’t until 1917 when Britain took control of the land that Jewish immigrants began moving into the land. Britain supported the creation of a national home for the Jewish immigrants in Palestine. From the formation of the country of Israel till present day Jewish and Arabic people have fought over land where, in antiquity, the kingdoms of Israel and Judah had once been.

The United States has never in its 200 plus year history received any economic, military, strategic or tactical assistance from Israel. The United States for some reason still strongly supports Israel, but this support often jeopardizes our relationship with other countries, including Israel’s presumed enemies. So why is it we support Israel if we get nothing in return?

In my opinion it’s the similarities in the religion of most Americans and the country of Israel. The Christian faith of most Americans directly stems from the Jewish faith of majority of Israelites. We believe if we don’t support Israel we will come under the wrath of God for forsaken his chosen people, whom the present day Israelites claim to be. This often puts us at great risk of acquiring the same enemies that Israel has. The Arabic countries turned away from Israel because of its land dispute with Palestine whose people are of Arabic decent. One problem with this is that the US has huge oil dependence and majority of the world’s oil supply lies in the Arabic countries.

Since the beginning of our support for Israel, Americans have been the target of extremist attacks from some Arabic countries. Instead of playing favorites, we should be a neutral entity. Although strategically and economically it would benefit us to be allies with the Arabic countries, that would only cause a whole set of new problems. As the worlds current superpower we should set the example of working together for a greater good.

I believe a neutral status would further help Israel and Palestine form two separate countries and in turn Islamic extremist wouldn’t target us as much and we could have a better relationship with the Arabic countries. This could be a huge economic advantage for the United States. Anti-American sentiment stems from our favoritism of Israel. These two wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and Iran’s current attitude towards Americans might have been prevented, if our foreign policy was of a neutral entity trying to unite the two countries and stabilize the whole region of the Middle East. In my opinion Israel only shares a similar religion with America and benefits the US in no other way. This should not classify them as our strongest ally. Becoming a neutral country would be one of our best foreign policies.

 
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Posted by on September 9, 2010 in Essays and Journals

 

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Random Rant #1


By: Tony L. Jefferson, Jr.

What lies beneath the folds of old?

Troubling secrets I’ve been told

Light a candle and sit awhile

While I sift through this little pile

The government is a corrupt, vote hungry mess

Religion is the cause of so much stress

Both these things cause ugly wars

Leaving children with physical and mental scars

And every day it seems to only get worse

When you see men steal a woman’s purse

Everybody’s out for number one

Not realizing they ain’t shit without everyone

 

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Please Understand


By: Tony L. Jefferson, Jr.

I don’t hate you

I just lack understanding

In my world you’re confused and corrupt

In your world I am crazy and fucked up

I do hate that it is this way

But maybe that all will change someday

I do know one thing though

You’ll never win this war

As long as I’m the insurgent

See I have to be persistent

Or you’ll finally claim right

But deep in my heart I know you’re wrong

More depressing than a sad song

You take so much but you never give

I’m human too with a family and kid

Because I’m good at what I do don’t mean I’m a machine

I’m not being bitter

Just a little pissed off

That I respect you and don’t get the return

See I love everybody

Even my absent daddy

But don’t run over me because I love too strong

I don’t even think that’s all that wrong

Just let me be to take care of my seed

And please, please stop keeping track of me

Please understand I’m not trying to be mean

I just want you to understand me

 
 

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