Same As It Ever Was

Just watched me some PBS
About protests and war in 1970.
Vietnam was dividing the country,
Students were seeking to end the war,
And the government was hell bent
On squashing dissent.

Then shots found their mark.
Kent State, Jackson State, Cambodia
Awful…

The leaders of protest
Rallied their faithful with emotion
Holding out that passion would carry the day
The leaders of government
Rallied their faithful with guile
Throwing out the flag to squash what did not serve them

Now I’m watching me some CNN.
Baltimore is reliving the spirit of 1970.
Young people are out there
Raging against a machine that they feel has nothing for them.
Their legitimate dissent evaporating in the heat of violence.
The establishment reciting the decades old script,
With lines of country, law, and fear mongering
Masking the power’s inability to make a change
For the people most in need.

I’m getting me some enlightenment tonight,
Realizing that for all of our talk about
“Learning from the past”
Or
“Solving problems creatively,”
We keep making the same mistakes and
Trying to apply the same solutions to our problems.

It’s time to change the narrative.
It’s time for a better process.

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