Week.ly 5 (2.24.17)
Last week, I told you I’d try and spare you Señor Trump’s face (but never “that ass”). After reluctantly watching Steve Bannon and Reince Priebus’s staged Rom-Com at CPAC yesterday (Thursday) afternoon … I realized that I am, in fact, the opposition party (read: media). And here I was thinking that I was a constituent of the President doing my patriotic duty? Relentless pursuit of information and healthy critique of government and power so I can make the most informed decision possible when I go to the polls … right? At least that’s what JFK said … before “they” shot him.
“The very word “secrecy” is repugnant in a free and open society; and we are as a people inherently and historically opposed to secret societies, to secret oaths and to secret proceedings. We decided We decided long ago that the dangers of excessive and unwarranted concealment of pertinent facts far outweighed the dangers which are cited to justify it. Even today, there is little value in opposing the threat of a closed society by imitating its arbitrary restrictions. Even today, there is little value in insuring the survival of our nation if our traditions do not survive with it. And there is very grave danger that an announced need for increased security will be seized upon by those anxious to expand its meaning to the very limits of official censorship and concealment. That I do not intend to permit to the extent that it is in my control. And no official of my Administration, whether his rank is high or low, civilian or military, should interpret my words here tonight as an excuse to censor the news, to stifle dissent, to cover up our mistakes or to withhold from the press and the public the facts they deserve to know.”
President John F. Kennedy
But in this new world where the polls are wrong and the news is fake, what’s fella to do…other
than meme it out. Because Americans don’t read books any more, so I’m over here trying to use
images laced with as few words as possible in an effort to instigate civic discourse … in hopes that you all do the same. Romantic, I know. Naive even. But sometimes, even as a poet I know words are inadequate … sometimes this shit writes itself … and you can’t make it up.
So I took a stab at a few less words last week. – hb
but then again … wordiness is all i know … and my pa told me to stick with what you are good at … so here is today’s #DebutMeme:
And a few more from last week…because apparently this Administration is at a loss for … history … when it comes to iconic leaders during Black History Month.
… and in other news …
All the news that’s fit to meme, find my previous articles here…
For more memes follow me @HakimBe on Twitter & Instagram
Hakim Bellamy is Albuquerque’s Inaugural Poet Laureate. He is also a scholar, educator, musician, and poet. Community Publishing has published Hakim Bellamy’s Samuel’s Story, a multimedia children’s story featuring the music of DJ Flo Fader and the illustrations of Melvin Mayes available in Print and Digital editions.
Community Publishing brings local artists of all mediums together in creative collaborations for distribution as Multimedia Books while promoting literacy in our communities. We are proud to be a community partner and digital marketer at the Rail Yards Market and the Monte Vista Fire Station. Need help with your web presence and social media marketing? Click here to find out how we can help you!
Community Publishing: From the Community For the Community