The first step was so easy,
Just open the door,
Ignore the warning sign,
That said, “Don’t go one step more!”
Rage is all the sanction that’s needed,
Human rights aren’t for all.
(The second step seemed less steep)
Who cares if we make prisoners crawl?
And so it went, step by step,
So easy, except for the heat;
The bottom step seemed to flicker and glow,
And it seemed a bit warm to the feet.
Here, food was used for rectal rape;
And prisoners moaned, pinned in stress positions.
A judge endlessly pounded her gavel, droning “CLASSIFIED!”
Clearly, the transition from rights to torture, was the mission.
Who was the man at the bottom step?
It was a bit hard to tell…
But he was so warm and friendly,
As he said, “My friends, welcome to Hell!”
When I tried to share this tweet on twitter, the words were enlarged so one couldn’t read the full quote:
“If a society is to be free, its government has to be controlled.” Ayn Rand. When I tried to tweet it the image was so big words were blocked. So I tried to tweet it again and a notice came:
“We can’t complete this request because this link has been identified by twitter or our partners as being potentially harmful.” Then why did it go through in distorted form when I first tweeted it? Could this be less about a possibly harmful link and more about silencing controversial political ideas?
Looking up twitter rules, most of the “potentially harmful” were composed of entities I would not like to meet up with in a dark alley.
I had the same experience with my pinned Assange tweet, This is not about do you agree with Assange or Rand. This is about censorship.
The lines between what’s private and what’s government are no longer clear-cut i.e. social media giants are getting instructions from government to control “disinformation”.
Therefore I put the quote on my profile along with my pinned Assange quote. They say more about who I am than any words.
Justice symbolized by the Statue of Liberty has not failed us. It’s up to us to make those ideals a reality. For example we unjustly persecute acclaimed journalist Julian Assange.
“Justice is blind” does 🗽 Not mean she can’t see. Justice Demands Assange be freed!
When I tried to publish this on Washington Post to comment on the article about the Statue of Liberty as hypocritical it went to error page which read in part bad comment. (I tried to publish it twice -same result)
The Bad Commenter strikes back!
Metaphorically speaking, I took it out of the bad comment trash, and smoothed it out; but when I tried to publish my by now (figuratively speaking) crunched up raggedy comment on twitter, they watered it down to:
“Justice symbolized by the Statue of Liberty has not failed us. It’s up to us to make those ideals a reality. For example we unjustly persecute acclaimed journalist Julian Assange. They disappeared part of my tweet re Washington Post! (Instead of CENSORED! Should it be stamped EDITED!?) I deliberately had saved the comment because I had to rewrite it and didn’t want to have to do it again.
…and the comment finished with my haiku:
“Justice is blind” does Not mean she can’t see. Justice Demands Assange be freed!
Her shoes were pristine –
White and spotless – they gleammed!
She remembered the alligator’s wet bellow,
Vast, echoing,its unwavering eyes, golden, yellow…
She’d screamed, tripped when she tried to run.
He’d bent down scooped her up and slung
her over his shoulder. He ran from the sounds,
He ran from the terrible eyes, he ran,,,ran
In his great leaping bounds…
Out of the swamp, past the brush, to the boat!
Now there they sat, staring into the night, wild with hope!
(edited, extensively revised answer to Melissa Quigley prompt)