Wise up! Don’t rise up!

 

While this message is addressed, primarily, to my homeland’s dissidents, everyone is welcome to read on.

 

Dear American Protestor(s),

I know! I know! I know! When we’re “running” the pandemic necessitated, sequestration “program”, that totally runs counter to our default settings… i.e., our all too human need to be sociable… our desire to be at liberty to go virtually anywhere our planet beckons.

But, please keep in mind that now… more than at any other time within our recent, collective memory… is not the time to be exercising our Constitutionally stipulated First Amendment Rights…

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

Online protests? That’d be fine. A letter to the editor of an in-print publication / periodical? That’d be cool, too.

It’s just that, at present, we all must remain in social isolation until the medical professionals deem it safe to go back out into society. Hunkering down in our homes is the ONLY viable, formidable weapon that we’ve got to fight Coronavirus. If we disarm / let down our guard too soon, we’ll wind up with even more human suffering and death than we’ve already got. As for the already existing economic devastation, do you actually think Wall Street could survive a double whammy?

I’ve seen the news coverage of some of your public gatherings. Where are your masks? Why are you standing too close to each other? Do you value your own lives so little?

Consider for a moment this sobering fact. All it takes to launch / relaunch a pandemic is one infected individual. And don’t be so quick to assume that you are uninfected just because you feel fine. Countless, asymptomatic people are spreading this contagion as I type / you read these very words.

You don’t really want to be known as the (wo)man who protested the human race into extinction… do you?

Keep your eye on the prize.

Our fight is with the Coronavirus… NOT… repeat NOT with the legal authorities who base their save humanity decisions upon the time honored principles extolled by our learned scientific community.

Wise up! Don’t rise up!

Signed CST

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Poetic Acrostic (One Quick Limerick #028)

 

Observe Der Führer bleat / let his Tweets fly,

Frothed with news-speak, bald-faced lies, fierce outcry,

Un-invites / ousts lib press crews,

Calls their whole truths the “fake news”,

Key free speech / press rights he’ll condemn / defy!

 

You can access more original limericks, poetry and lyrical parodies by clicking onto my poetry category.

 

 

The Constitution of Our Constitution

So far… the U.S Constitution still stipulates…

“Congress shall make no law… abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”

So far… we Americans are relatively secure in maintaining these above stated rights.

Still… it is possible that, in our not too distant future, voters could elect a power-tripping president… someone who believes, “It’s my way or the highway”… someone who would put an end to dissenting opinions by squelching free speech and suppressing the press.

After all… sans the dissemination of freely spoken and published ideas, there’d be no easy way to for us to alert others that the time to assemble and petition had arrived.

Such a “leader” would then proceed to muzzle authors, journalists, editors, publishers, poets, songwriters, recording artists, screenplay writers, film directors and producers.

In days of yore, that would’ve required the deployment of goon squads to first round up and detain these creative individuals. Then the raids would follow. This thought police force would kick down doors ISO banned books, periodicals, newspapers and audio/video recordings… then seize and incinerate these items.

And as long as they were in the neighborhood, anyway, this “army” would likely also have their marching orders to shut down cinematic and theatrical productions as well as silence musical performances.

Some of you may’ve noticed how I neglected to mention the censorship of TV and radio broadcasts? Well, that’s because FOX and the other rightwing biased MSM networks are already doing their damnedest to lay the groundwork to establish an oppressed, ill-informed, sheeple type society.

A futuristic, autocratic president would consider the MSM his propaganda ministers. They’d be akin to ventriloquist’s dummies who he’d always be able to speak through.

Of course, to maintain a societal / media chokehold could be one daunting task… could be a corrupt leader’s worst nightmare… but…

Here’s where, We the People, inadvertently, are already the unwitting accomplices playing right into the hands of some presidential wannabe, who at this very moment, could be plotting to wage an Oval Office originated overthrow of America.

With most of us currently reading, viewing and listening to nearly everything online, all that “prez” would need to do is merely “pull the plug” on the Internet.

You say, “No way! It’ll never happen”?

Have we forgotten Murphy’s Law?

“Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong.”

Still say, “It’ll never happen”? While I was over @ YouTube auditioning the video clips to accompany this blog, that website totally froze up and I had to do a force quit to regain control. True… in all likelihood this was due to my lousy ISP… but someday… well… who knows?

Now, far be it from me to tell anyone how to live their lives… but… as for the way I’m living mine? Well… I’ll never give up my real world possessions… the hardcopy books and periodicals I enjoy reading… the DVDs and CDs I love to playback.

That way, if there’s ever a president who tramples the U.S. Constitution… his goons will have to pay me a visit… have to pry these items from my cold dead hands.