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Poem: Arizona Immigration Law & Senator John McCainPoetry by Luke Easter Salem-News.com
"As a former marine I am honored by your call to duty & sacrifice, But you and no one alive should deny any minority a better life."
(LOS ANGELES) - What do you think of John McCain's politics? Millions of Americans see Arizona's decision to have local police officers begin enforcing immigration law. as the last thing that this nation needs.
The act of singling out people on a border with a Hispanic country and somehow managing to do this without racial profiling, is viewed as a cruel fantasy by people of color in Arizona who wish to maintain a degree of privacy and dignity.
Few are surprised that these are the politics of a state where on some days, there are more police cars on the freeway than civilian cars. Arizona is already the closest thing the United States has to a police state.
And from this position it becomes the first state to authorize police to investigate federal immigration issues. This is not acceptable under a number of American ideals and historical patterns.
Arizona Immigration Law & Senator John McCain
The year 2010, it’s April & what do you think is front-page news?
Arizona has passed a sweeping and controversial immigration bill,
Is there a reason for those of Mexican descent to be upset thru panic?
“Racial Profiling,” I thought there was a national, federal kind of law,
Hispanics, Jews, Indians, Blacks, take heart because you’re not alone,
McCain calls it Human Trafficking smuggling Mexican’s seeking work,
Pimps take all the money and leave them with barely enough to eat,
The negative comments are more amazing because you’ve had a taste,
Yes there is the huge problem that I do agree with, the influx of drugs,
Dick's daughter Liz has started a movement, “Keep America Safe,”
Alcohol is even more deadly killing and maiming more by drunks,
As a former marine I am honored by your call to duty & sacrifice,
By Luke Easter
Luke Easter is a poet who writes about things that are very close to the heart of Salem-News.com. Another former U.S. Marine, Luke explained what drives him to try to heal the world with an approach that reaches people on a different level, one known for centuries, yet too often forgotten in the one we live in.
We live in a world of social & economic injustice. The main reason for founding America in the first place was to relieve the oppression of the King of England. Patrick Henry said it best, “give me liberty or give me death.” And yet, all too often death seems to be the only way out. Why is there such a high suicide rate especially among teens, in the land of the free & the home of the brave? What makes headlines? Good news? Ha! More depressing stories than anything else. I feel poetry takes an edge off the hurt of bad news while still delivering it but in a, “glitzy” sort of way. Giving a different perspective. Kind of like slap in the face as opposed to a knife in the back. At least with the slap you’ll live to see another day and you will know whom it’s from. I wasn’t here for the beginning of the world but at 59, I just might be here for the end.
Even though it’s still a knife, rhyme poetry helps to dull the blade. And that’s my job. You can write to Luke Easter at: email@example.com
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