Friday, July 28, 2017

Hypocrite essay in verse

After writing what I posted earlier today, I sat back and thought about whether I was being judgemental and hypocritical.

Sometimes I don’t follow my own advice.
Distance provides perspective
Cool off
Vent but don’t send.
Did I do that?
Well, I wrote it out.
I read it through and edited before sending,
Did I give myself enough distance?
Did I cool off?
Did I vent?
Did I send too early?
I wrote, I read, I edited.
Heat of the moment
Rather than cool.

So now I wonder
Am I a hypocrite?
Did I judge
And cast stones?
Did I go too far
Did I do what I accuse other people of doing?

Today’s questions to ponder
Rather than “What is the meaning of life?”
I am wondering,
“What is the meaning of free speech?”
“What is too far and who gets to judge?”

Am I a hypocrite?
  A little.
Did I go too far?
I didn’t pick on anyone by name
I didn’t post a derogatory photo.
I didn’t post anything that would incite violence or harm.

Free speech determinations
Are beyond the scope of a poem
Or an essay
By an average lay person.
Free speech is a right,
But there are restrictions.
Determining those restrictions
Is left up to
The judiciary.
The closest thing to an impartial body that we have.
Their role is to interpret the Consitution
Based on the rule of law.
Of course, those interprettions,
I.e., decisions
Become the next case’s rule of law,
So being a judge
Is a rather weighty thing.
We talk about higher authority
In religious and spiritual terms.
In the case of free speech and other Constitutional rights,
Religion is supposed to be irrelevant.
After all, we are a nation of people
and a nation of religious liberty.
In God we trust and under God.
May God bless the United States of America
Hm. I looked up where that started as a presidential speech thing.

Uh oh.
According to the HuffPost:
The first president to say it was Richard Nixon, who dropped the phrase during an attempt at damage control for the burgeoning Watergate scandal on April 30, 1973. “Tonight, I ask for your prayers to help me in everything I do throughout the days of my presidency,” he said. “God bless America and God bless each and every one of you.”

Oh my.