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Freedom (Repost from #1 for Veteran's Day

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Fred Hobbs
since 06-08-99
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Tallahassee, Florida, US

0 posted 11-11-1999 11:35 AM       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


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 s 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

© Copyright 1999 Fred Hobbs - All Rights Reserved
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since 10-08-1999
Posts 3629
The Hague, The Netherlands

1 posted 11-11-1999 11:57 AM       View Profile for Munda   Email Munda   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Munda's Home Page   View IP for Munda

I really like this very much. Thanks for reposting it. : )
Member Patricius
since 07-05-99
Posts 11105
Glen Hope, PA USA

2 posted 11-11-1999 12:32 PM       View Profile for hoot_owl_rn   Email hoot_owl_rn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit hoot_owl_rn's Home Page   View IP for hoot_owl_rn

One of my favorites of your Fred, thanks for the repost and welcome back from where ever you've been keeping yourself

Alis volat propriis
(She flies with her own wings)
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since 07-31-99
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United Kingdom

3 posted 11-11-1999 01:58 PM       View Profile for RainbowGirl   Email RainbowGirl   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit RainbowGirl's Home Page   View IP for RainbowGirl

and back to the top, thank you! I missed this first time round..


You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.
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since 06-05-99
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Ft. Lauderdale, Fl USA

4 posted 11-11-1999 02:28 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Great to see it...and you...again, Fred. Masterful poem.
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since 07-29-99
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on the threshold of a dream

5 posted 11-11-1999 02:30 PM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

Great poem!
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6 posted 11-11-1999 02:40 PM       View Profile for Dark Angel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Dark Angel

Fred, This is a GREAT poem, WELL DONE!!! loved it.

What comes from the heart goes to the heart.
Samuel Coleridge

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since 08-19-99
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7 posted 11-11-1999 02:48 PM       View Profile for Pepper   Email Pepper   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Pepper

Fred I echo all above....loved the read.....

A soul that writes from the heart and shares it, truly gives a gift extraordinaire!

Poet deVine
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Hurricane Alley

8 posted 11-11-1999 03:45 PM       View Profile for Poet deVine   Email Poet deVine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Poet deVine

Fred! I love this poem, there's a powerful message here. And I miss your work here, my friend!
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since 06-25-99
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Listening to every heart

9 posted 11-11-1999 04:19 PM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

Fred! You're back! Welcome home, Sir!

And as for sharing your views ~ Right On!
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since 09-26-1999
Posts 2646
Ontario, Canada

10 posted 11-11-1999 04:28 PM       View Profile for Marilyn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Marilyn

Thankyou for sharing this with us. I agree with your opinion here.
Seymour Tabin
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since 07-07-99
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Tamarac Fla

11 posted 11-11-1999 05:21 PM       View Profile for Seymour Tabin   Email Seymour Tabin   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Seymour Tabin

I am glad you are back. You are one of the few I rank very high. And there are some fine poets here. This poem is great.

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12 posted 11-11-1999 08:37 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

Wow! This is fantastic, Fred. Absolutely wonderful! Keep 'em comin'


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