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Fred Hobbs
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0 posted 06-30-2000 09:27 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 coming doomsday

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
That if I’d done that 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



[This message has been edited by Fred Hobbs (edited 07-02-2000).]
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1 posted 06-30-2000 10:12 PM       View Profile for Poet deVine   Email Poet deVine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Poet deVine

FRED!!!! May I ask that you edit this so we can vote on it for the book? I would really appreciate it. It's such a good poem..and a great message!!! PLEASE?  
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2 posted 07-01-2000 09:02 AM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

FRED!!! This is great - Now gather your stuff and submit something to the book... "Diana" is good.... or the one about the baseball cap... Do it, do it, do it.... Ever feel like you were outnumbered???..
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Now this is poetry!! Happy Fourth of July Fred!  
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4 posted 06-29-2001 03:03 AM       View Profile for Dopey Dope   Email Dopey Dope   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Dopey Dope

Amazing......simply an amazing poem. My mind is in complete awe at this one. I really liked it so much. Wowish.

I was born myself, raised myself, and will continue to be myself. The world will just have to adjust.

I'm in love with my shadow
I admire it daily

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5 posted 06-30-2001 01:46 AM       View Profile for hush   Email hush   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for hush

So this only got 2 replies forst time around. I guess it goes to show you the contemporary way- brevity is in. tsk tsk.

I love this. It held me captivated from beginning to end- your flow is wonderful, and your phrasing is sardonic, but has a hint of humor. Your message is good, your last lines are perfectly profound... fantastic writing.

everything's fine.

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I'm so glad that this was brought back up!  It shows how easily our rights can be abused and misinterpeted...how easily they can be taken for granted and exploited for the wrong reasons by people who have little knowledge or concern for those who actually fought for these rights.  It really makes you think and shows the irony of "free speech" in America.
I am so impressed!
Thanks for sharing.
Fred Hobbs
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7 posted 07-02-2001 11:12 AM       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

Sharon,
Thank you and thanks for dusting off "Freedom." Now that we have a new administration, I guess that I'll have to write a new one (or at least do a rewrite).

DD, Hush and Romy,
Thanks for your kind words.  I wrote this in '99 and kinda forgot about it.
I appreciate the comments
Fred
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Happy Fourth of July!
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And ... another patriotic boost~


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