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Life Arts    H4'ed 4/18/09

Instrument of Power

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Message Vi Ransel

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Do you really not understand
that you are an instrument, a tool,
used by your "superiors"
to conduct their business as usual?

While you gather in gangs and packs
and beat up others in your economic class,
men with your same color and all of the money
keeping breaking it off - Big Time - in your ass.

You keep bending over, taking it, their authority, that is,
obediently doing all of their dirty work.
You allow them to take everything for themselves
and all you get it is this lousy T-shirt

that says "white power".  Not yours.  Theirs.
If you had any, power, that is,
you'd be openly pissed off at the cause - them -
and stop beating up on people who are only the symptoms.

While Richie Rich was outsourcing our jobs
and foreclosing on Americans' homes,
shutting off Grandma's electricity
and turning her healthcare claims down

you were busy beating up Black guys,
Mexicans, Arabs and Asians
instead of standing up and facing the fact
you'll never be - and never were - one of them,

those guys on the top of the money pyramid
who won the pissing contest by pissing on you.
You take it out on the people on your side
who Richie Rich has been pissing on, too.

But it's so important to you to be a Big Dog
and you're scared to take it out on Richie Rich.
You pretend you've got something in common with him
when actually all you are is just Richie's b*tch.

When people rush across America's borders
to take dirty, dangerous jobs that don't pay sh*t,
Richie laughs his ass off all the way to the bank.
While you beat up his victims, he makes out like a bandit.

Richie Rich destroyed Mexico's economy
so he could get desperate people to run here
and work for slave wages he grudgingly pays them
so he can do an end-run around American unions.

When he sends jobs to sweat shops in Asia
it's not the fault of the hungry people he employs,
who he's starved with our "free" trade agreements,
written by his friends, Milton Friedman's Chicago Boys.

And when a country won't bend over and take it,
that's when Richie Rich sends you in
with shock and awe and depleted uranium
to secure that country's resources for him.

It's a pattern he's repeated through history.
And what you did overseas he's planning for you.
When he's got all the "Third" World's resources,
he's coming back to America and taking yours, too.

When Richie sold you that "Liar Loan"
and said you didn't need any proof of income,
that the value of the house would skyrocket
before the rate adjusted, you just believed him.

He's the banker.  Why wouldn't you believe him?
He wouldn't do something that would lose him any money,
not unless he was planning a spectacular heist
by purposely bankrupting his company and his country,

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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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