The People

The People

A Poem by Lucien Maier
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If we use the power we have!

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The People


By Lucien Maier

Edited by Temperance Penrod


2014 will mark the first 4th of July I have celebrated as an American citizen. I am proud and humbled to be a part of such an amazing place.

In the last year I have had many political debates with a variety of people. All of us have different ideas on how to fix the problems. Hell, most of us have different ideas on what the problems are.

But we talk.

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© 2014 Lucien Maier



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Oi! This is a thoughtful and thought provoking blog (it's not really a poem -- sorry). It seems all the world is locked up in a struggle of ideologues, raking everything good over the fire for the sake of their dogma. Sadly, it's not different in government. There is no statecraft any more; wallowing in the morass of their dogmatic ideologies -- politicians have become ideologues, incapable of compromise.

Posted 3 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.




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Hell man, at least you got your citizenship. Been chasing after mine for sixteen years now! It doesn't really make a difference anymore, if you really think about it. So what, you could vote, and get disability when you get sick? I'm glad you celebrated your fourth of July as an American. It must feel good. You got another one coming up real soon.

Posted 2 Years Ago


Now that you have come this far on your way towards some deep realization, there are some questons you should investigate.

The problem is not politicians, it is the people. Bread and entertainment keeps people dumb and distracted; the reach of our empathy never involves the ones who pay the price of our easy lives. Welfare of the great nations has been built upon black things, so cheap that excess is everywhere, even with the not-poorest-of-the-poor. The oil below the soil moistured by the Peruvian skies, the labor of the African slaves. Plantations were just the prototype of consumerism.

Easy life corrupts every one of us. We know the children all over the world are dying, but that doesn't make us genrous. We know, that past three decades Arabs have fought wars killing each others in millions, with US weapons and money. The thousands of dead of 9/11 are not equal to the thousands of dead in Gaza just a few weeks ago.

The American Civil War was fought by the white males, who had lost their jobs to the cheap labor of African slaves; this time corporations provide us with meaningless non-productive jobs just to kill the spark of revolution in every one of us. There is no novelty in war, there never has been; people only fight to gain something, but today we have nothing to gain. We are dumb and almost content about our lives for the bread and entertainment. Fools, not brave enough or motivated to kill our oppressors. Just rats in the cage of this magnificent experiment.

We do not lead the politicians, we are too lazy. Democracy has become the suicidal kid of the school, bullied by the agendas, which we allow to roam all the corridors of the world, because we have our own problems to care about; being popular, achieving the bars set upon us and make our parents or what-ever-fucked-up-gods we choose to worship.

The people don't talk, they avoid debate and will never find the problem. But when the oil runs out, the world will burn again.


PS: Sorry, this got a bit out of hand :D
You should really check out some Spokenword artists, since you are politically aware!

Posted 3 Years Ago


Oi! This is a thoughtful and thought provoking blog (it's not really a poem -- sorry). It seems all the world is locked up in a struggle of ideologues, raking everything good over the fire for the sake of their dogma. Sadly, it's not different in government. There is no statecraft any more; wallowing in the morass of their dogmatic ideologies -- politicians have become ideologues, incapable of compromise.

Posted 3 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

It's pretty crazy to think about the fact that our government is set up on "the consent of the governed" yet it seems that control is so far distant that it seems gone completely. Debates are awesome though, it'd be nice if we started debating again rather than having televised screaming matches. Whatever, we're in control, let's fix it.

Posted 3 Years Ago


I have to agree with M.E. you have grasped the problem of our goverment well. We as a nation have become fat and over privileged by using lies and deciet to fatten our bellies. And I use the term we and us loosly. The govermant has over fed themselves and abused the people that they have gained power from. Well done.

Posted 3 Years Ago


Only people can solve the problem, good one and a good write.

Posted 3 Years Ago


Here's what impresses me the most about this poem, for a person who has only been a citizen for a short time, you have grasped more about our country and political system than most people who were born and raised here. How's that for a single sentence? I agree with you 100%. Thanks, and keep talking

Posted 3 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

A great poem of hope. Hope that leaders will listen. Hope that people can talk and solve together in compromise and pure understanding of life and the love that can live in it.
Great job! :)

Posted 3 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

No matter what they say
Its allows something
Different on the day.
Who ever is in Power.
I see you did not
mention the Native People
in your list of American People
Or are they not different ?
I'm English-only know our politics
I'm sorry but.
You do not lead
You do not decide
They are the voice
I'm sorry to say.
Well I hope you are right in the People solving the problems.
Are you standing for election ?


Posted 3 Years Ago


This is a powerful write. I like the idea of this being a letter, as someone else below suggested.
Many of us share your strong opinion.
Claire :)

Posted 3 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.


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