I can concede that 1776 may have been the time that tried men’s souls but it’s 2014 that be trying our bodies and minds as well. From the shame of poor teeth to the unraveling of a colonized mind to cotton field capitalism, we are all feeling the effects of concentrated opulence and diluted scarcity to varying degrees. In Missouri, Governor Nixon has declared a state of emergency before the verdict is even in to deal with those uppity residents in Ferguson. In Michigan, a court ruled against those uppity students in the Great Lakes by finding the state “has no constitutional requirement” to provide a quality education. It’s too bad that the citizens of Missouri and Michigan aren’t
people corporations. On a slightly less trying note, selected prisoners in San Quentin are learning to code while the city of Baltimore is discussing ways to house the homeless. In the midst of such turbulent waters, the bards and minstrels are needed more than ever to help us to transcend and overcome our circumstances. So kick back, relax and forget your own trying times, at least, for the next 6 minutes and 43 seconds. I think we all know the answer to one of the lines…Mother, should I trust the government?
Peace and solidarity to all readers.