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Caveat Emptor
(or The Poisoned Apple))

There is a difference
between politics and policy.
Take care that you know
the difference between the two.
When they talk about "hope"
and "change" and say "Yes we can",
that's politics, they haven't told you
what they actually plan to do,
which is policy.

Politics is public diplomacy,
a form of public relations
designed to sell actual policy
whether it's to Americans
or to other nations.  It's used
many times to effect change,
regime change, that is.
Then it's called psyops, or
psychological operations.
It's a means to conduct covert business

where the buyer may not want the product
and so must be manipulated into buying it,
and depending on what and who's being sold,
the sales pitch can be hard or delicate,

ranging from buzz words and talking points,
festivities surrounding presidential elections
and propaganda planted in media
as a means of new product introduction
to the hard sell of false flags and proxy wars
to effect a foreign government's destruction.

Let's review. 

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Politics is the sales pitch. Policy is the new product. 
Politics is the means to promote policy,
which is the unstated end of this process.

Thus politics, the talk, may be
completely at odds with policy, the walk.
There's difference between politics and policy.

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Vi's works appear widely both in print and online. She conducts Poetry Workshops and gives readings in Central New York. Her latest chapbook is "Sine Qua Non Antiques (an Arcanum of History, Geography and Treachery).

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