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Freedom

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Fred Hobbs
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0 posted 07-01-99 03:46 PM       View Profile for Fred Hobbs   Email Fred Hobbs   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions   Click to visit Fred Hobbs's Home Page   View IP for Fred Hobbs

Freedom

I met him one day standing next to his booth
A gnarly old guy, he was missing a tooth
He was selling survivalist gear by the way
To help us prepare for the old Y2K

He was dressed head to toe all in green camouflage
Which he said he had bought at his neighbor’s garage
He had a strange patch sewed on his right sleeve
It said “14th Militia – Just Love It Or Leave”

I asked him about all the goods that he sold
He said he sold dry beans that never get old
He also sold gas masks from old World War One
And if I wanted him to he could get me a gun

He said that Bill Clinton was coming to call
Bringing blue UN troops who would take from us all
Our guns and our freedoms and lock us away
It would all come to pass on the next New Year’s Day

“But why would he do that?” I asked with straight face
“And why would the UN take over this place?”
He said it was part of the damned New World Order
They’d take all our guns and then open our border

They’d make us all slaves to a strange government
That was racially mixed; did I know what that meant?
He said they would burn up our fine Constitution
And that those who loved Christ would soon face execution

He said that the police were just Jack-Booted Thugs
And the gays and the blacks were all just on drugs
And that people should never agree to pay tax
That the cops and the feds should be given the ax

He told me that democrats all were bad news
Most Republicans too had some liberal views
And he made sure I knew he was not fond of Jews
If they all left tomorrow he’d welcome the news

He asked me to join the militia and fight
Be a good Christian soldier – the Patriot Right
He said they would arm me and train me to kill
He spoke of the traitorous blood I could spill

I asked if he felt he was safe saying this
“Oh yes,” he replied with an impassioned hiss
“I have freedom of speech, they can’t take that away
I can say what I want, though they hate what I say”

And I asked, “Are you free to worship your God?”
“Oh yes,” he replied “But your question seems odd”
Are you not aware of the old Bill of Rights?
Are you one of those men the militia now fights?”

I told him that I was a Jack-Booted cop
He said that I should have told him to stop
That the right to free counsel I should have provided
If I’d read him his rights he would not have confided

From his Freedom of Speech, well I asked for a breather
As a patriot Christian, he impressed me as neither
I acknowledged his right to say what he thinks
But I told him I thought that his attitude stinks

I asked him to think of those rights that he’s got
I told him he had them ‘cause folks went and fought
Folks of all colors, Christians and Jews
Good men and women gave all they could lose

But as I departed his voice rang undaunted
Another man stopped and my thoughts became haunted
Perhaps this was a man who would join in his fight
And share in the hatred that spewed forth that night

And it came to me then that our freedoms are strange
Though I wouldn’t suggest that they ever would change
I thought how much better our good nation’s plight
If we all exercised the right to do right

sandman
© Copyright 1999 Fred Hobbs - All Rights Reserved
jfreak
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1 posted 07-01-99 04:13 PM       View Profile for jfreak   Email jfreak   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for jfreak

I like this poem. People like that just make me sick, considering I am in the REAL military!!! We don't take kindly to those wannabes playin soilder putting us down when they ain't got a clue to what it takes be a real military man. Being in the Marines, honor, courage, committment, and discipline are instilled, not practically beaten into our brows. Those "boys" have none of those qualities and aren't worthy to carry a weapon nor call themselves Americans. Thank you for writing a poem about such cowardice and exposing it for what it is.

Jfreak
doreen peri
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2 posted 07-01-99 04:23 PM       View Profile for doreen peri   Email doreen peri   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for doreen peri

Your story is poignant, Fred. It's sad there is so much hatred cloaked in a "righteous" cape. Thank God this man has a place to air his views, though, as you so excellently stated. Yes, freedom is having the right to speak on such a platform .... AND it's also having the choice to refuse to join in this type of self-righteousness ignorance. Nicely written.
Balladeer
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3 posted 07-01-99 05:07 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Excellent points made, Fred, in true ballad style (like I would've expected anything else). Fine work, as always!
Nan
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Sally S.
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5 posted 07-01-99 07:11 PM       View Profile for Sally S.   Email Sally S.   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Sally S.

Wow....very powerful expression. Very thought provoking...to be sure. Good work, Fred.
Lost Dreamer
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6 posted 07-01-99 07:36 PM       View Profile for Lost Dreamer   Email Lost Dreamer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Lost Dreamer

excellent!
Poet deVine
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Fred! This is perfect! You've outdone yourself, my friend! I finished reading it and just said "wow!" it blew me away! I loved the poem and the message within! Gosh, it was so good!!!!!!

Fred Hobbs
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8 posted 07-02-99 08:34 PM       View Profile for Fred Hobbs   Email Fred Hobbs   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Fred Hobbs's Home Page   View IP for Fred Hobbs

Thanks to all who responded. I had fun writing this one. And to the Democrats in the house I apologize for the lower case d. I discovered the typo after it was posted and I wasn't sure how to correct it. Thanks again.

sandman
Nan
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9 posted 07-04-99 03:16 PM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

Let's hear it one more time
For Independence Day

elvira
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10 posted 07-22-99 10:56 PM       View Profile for elvira   Email elvira   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for elvira

though i am not american...this poem was very well put...a great read

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If I had my mouth I would bite.
If I had my liberty I would do my liking.
In the mean time, let me be that I am, and seek not to alter me. ~~~Shakespeare~~~

 
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