"Or an impostor, as some of us have been." William Meredith, in A MILD-SPOKEN CITIZEN FINALLY WRITES TO THE WHITE HOUSE. Its a poem in which he accuses Richard Nixon of committing 'criminal folly." Its in his book, EFFORT AT SPEECH, which won a national book award.
With the Fourth of July fast approaching, I have been thinking about patriots who use words. Pete Seeger comes quickly to mind. As does Senator Jim Webb. And my choice for President, Barack Obama, whose rhetoric is as good as it gets.
What follows is a little offbeat, but I believe totally appropriate. Arthur Frommer's piece on Budget Travel in the San Francisco Chronicle. Six sensible ways to cut costs plus a wonderful zinger for seven and last, quoted in full : In doing all this, you will first swallow your pride, and then you will get angry, becoming politically active by working for the defeat of those several US senators who have thwarted the development of an adequate and inexpensive U. S. system of rail transportation. You will retire those people so that we Americans can once again travel our beautiful country at an affordable cost.
Here are some other writers one might not think of immediately, but whose patriotism inspires :
Every poet who has published in POETS AGAINST THE WAR.
Everyone who has ever served in the Peace Corps or VISTA, and either kept a journal or published anything about their experiences.
AND MANY MORE
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