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OCCUPY MARINESPoetry by Luke Easter Salem-News.com
"The government should fear the people, not the other way around"
(CLEVELAND) - We announced this week that Salem-News.com is now working with Marines from the Occupy movement, who have taken to the streets in defense of civil liberties, calling for accountability in government, particularly with regard to police.
In Salem-News.com Joins Forces With Occupy Marines, we reveal some of the steps that led to a need for OCCUPY MARINES, and why the bond with Salem-News.com is a logical and natural move.
It is a movement that deserves and has earned a far higher place in society than the mainstream media has afforded it. This is true in local coverage in areas like Portland, Oregon, and it is true in national coverage.
We are collectively excited about this new relationship; strength and peace are meeting at the crossroads. The need for mutual support is great; America's traditional liberties are being dashed on the rocks as if by a severe storm; however the real culprits are the U.S. Congress.
Police brutality is excessive and the right to freedom of assembly has not been respected repeatedly, by authorities with city, county, state and federal agencies.
It is about a sense of priority, and the voice of people who were willing to give their lives for the betterment of this country, against all enemies, foreign and domestic.
Remember it was Thomas Jefferson who said:
when the government fears the people, there is liberty."
The quote: "The government should fear the people, not the other way around", is actually from the movie 'V' for Vendetta.
Luke Easter is a poet who writes about things that are very close to the heart of Salem-News.com. Another former U.S. Marine, Luke heals the world with an approach that reaches people on a different level, one known for centuries, yet too often forgotten in the one we live in.
We live in a world of social & economic injustice. The main reason for founding America in the first place was to relieve the oppression of the King of England. Patrick Henry said it best, “give me liberty or give me death.” And yet, all too often death seems to be the only way out. Why is there such a high suicide rate especially among teens, in the land of the free & the home of the brave? What makes headlines? Good news? Ha! More depressing stories than anything else. I feel poetry takes an edge off the hurt of bad news while still delivering it but in a, “glitzy” sort of way. Giving a different perspective. Kind of like slap in the face as opposed to a knife in the back. At least with the slap you’ll live to see another day and you will know whom it’s from. I wasn’t here for the beginning of the world but at 59, I just might be here for the end.
Even though it’s still a knife, rhyme poetry helps to dull the blade. And that’s my job. You can write to Luke Easter at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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