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Original Poem: “Liberal Mud“ with Commentary

Updated on May 17, 2016
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Writing poetry became my major composing activity circa 1962, and Mr. M. M. Sedam's creative writing class in 1963-64 deepened my interest.

The Constitutional Convention, 1787


The Nature of Liberalism

Grimes' "Liberal Mud" focuses on the nature of liberalism, a much misused term, currently applied the U.S. political party whose policies would, in fact, enslave and curtail instead of liberalizing the constraints of government.

Liberal Mud

The soldier takes the battle
Marching with his duty
In a war for survival.
The skeins of enemies
Unravel under the muscles
Of right politics.
Liberal dust smothers light,
While pluck converts gloom
To freedom in the sand.
Liberal breath pollutes the air
As the dying mourn
The politics of betrayal.
Liberal slackers deny the vote
That demands we send
Our enemies to hell,
Where they will lick their wounds,
Leaving the liberal press
Still corrupting the news.
No hypocrite is as potent
As the brain without a compass,
And it is a terrible waste
To slime the mind
In the bog pond
Of liberal mud.


The term “liberal" has been much abused. For example, in contemporary American politics, the party that claims the label of liberal is the party whose policies are formulated to control every aspect of life of the citizens of the United States from healthcare to business practices to what each American is allowed to think. That party even seeks to quash freedom of religion, which was a major impetus leading to the founding the country.

Under the guise of "liberalism," that party claims large swaths of citizens who have fallen for the corrupt concept of "identity politics." For example, the party claims huge numbers of African Americans, women, gays, and young voters. The party appeals to many of the uninformed in those "groups" simply by offering them government largesse and claiming to represent their interests.

A common misconception is that the Democratic and Republican parties switched policies a few decades ago. That lie has been perpetuated by Democrat vote seekers because history reveals that the Republican Party has always been the party of freedom; it was in fact President Abraham Lincoln, the first Republican president, who issued the Emancipation Proclamation that freed the slaves during the American Civil War.

As Rev. Wayne Perryman has averred: "Many believed the Democrats had a change of heart and fell in love with blacks. To the contrary, history reveals the Democrats didn't fall in love with black folks, they fell in love with the black vote knowing this would be their ticket to the White House."

As they have experienced the result of luring the votes of black folks, Democrat politicians have worked the same old lie to get the votes of the other identity groups: women, gays, young voters.

Originally, the term "liberal" indicated the positive quality of allowing freedom from government overreach, and generally those who wish to unleash themselves from harsh constraints on behavior that harms no one are, in fact, liberal.

The American Founding Fathers were the liberals of that period of history. Those colonists who wished to remain tied to England, instead of seeking independence, were the conservatives.

Whether an ideology is liberal or conservative depends entirely upon the status quo of the era. If a nation's government status quo functions as a socialist/totalitarian structure and a group of citizens work to convert it to a republic, then that group would be the liberals, as was the case at the founding of the democratic republic of the United States of America.

However, if a country's governing status quo structure functions as a democratic republic, and a group of citizens struggles to change it into a socialist/totalitarian structure — a la Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, or any other current member of the Democratic Party — then that group would be the liberals, however, mistakenly that term would be when applied to such a stance.

Conservatism is the desire to maintain the status quo despite the nature of that state quo, but then again it is necessary to delineate what that status quo is. If the status quo allows freedom, then it should be conserved; if it does not, it should be liberalized.

It is unfortunate that those terms have become so flabby, but then that is the nature of political speak: the side that has the lesser argument will always seek to convert language, instead of converting the putrid policies.

This poem hails forth in the current acceptance of a liberalism that is anything but liberal. The poem might well be titled “Totalitarian Mud." But part of the point is to report the denatured use of the term "liberal" as it decries the effects of that denatured term.

First Movement: "The soldier takes the battle"

These particular soldiers represent the fight for what is right, correct, that which gives the most freedom to the most people. Modern-day liberals would take away these soldiers, the fight, and the freedom and replace them with goose-stepping thugs who would enforce totalitarian rule.

One need only observe the current party royalty, the Clintons, and how they mistreated the military to understand the verity of this observation.

Lt. Col. Robert Patterson reports in his book, Dereliction of Duty: Eyewitness Account of How Bill Clinton Compromised America's National Security, that Clinton's kick the can attitude toward taking out Al-Qaeda and Saddam Hussein's nuclear facility convinced Patterson that Clinton was the "greatest security risk to the United States."

In Ronald Kessler's book, The First Family Detail: Secret Service Agents Reveal the Hidden Lives of the Presidents, Kessler recounts how a simple greeting of "Good Morning, ma'am" to the First Lady Hillary Clinton would provoke a reply of "F - - - off!" from the current Democratic presidential hopeful.

The Obama White House has behaved no better toward the man and woman in uniform, as President Obama continues to downsize both the troop strength itself and the pay and pension of each troop.

Second Movement: "The skeins of enemies"

The great example of this claim is the winning of the War in Iraq by President George W. Bush, only to be squandered and lost under the vain, tepid, backward responses of President Barack H. Obama.

Thomas Sowell has summarized the situation succinctly stating that Obama's handling of Iraq has "invited chaos and defeat."

Third Movement: "Liberal dust smothers light"

The dust of liberal thinking covers all the furniture of a republic. Gouging out the eyeballs of freedom, replacing them with the glass eye of dictatorship. Suspending industry, encouraging the sex-crazed lazy to spend tax dollars on abortifacients.

Fourth Movement: "Liberal breath pollutes the air"

But somehow the putrid politics of the Democratic Party breathe on, polluting the environment with lies, deceptions, obfuscations that kill and maim as society turns violent in the wake of lawlessness.

Observe Democratic Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake offering looters "space to destroy" by commanding law enforcement to stand down.

Fifth Movement: "Liberal slackers deny the vote"

The Obamaniacs' “lead from behind”— the likes of fake purple heart winner now Secretary of State John Kerry accepts a deal with a terror sponsoring nation that will lead to the obliteration of a neighboring democracy and encourage other dictatorships to go nuclear.

Sixth Movement: "Where they will lick their wounds"

Everyone suffers the abominations, and the corrupt liberal press continues to fail to hold to account those who are steering their country into a poverty stricken mess, too weak to defend itself, too dependent on government to know how to earn its own living.

Seventh Movement: "Where they will lick their wounds"

The moral compass of the country has been hacked into a pile of unworkable fragments.

Eighth Movement: "To slime the mind"

The final two movements echo the adage: “A mind is a terrible thing to waste.” And the minds of so many young folks have been wasted in the dumpster of "liberal" ideology.

A Final Word

Unfortunately, or perhaps fortunately, depending upon how one looks at it, all that can be done about "politics" — identity and otherwise — is to continue to debate the merits of each policy that presents itself. One would also continue to hope that those debaters know their history and have some skill in applying the lessons of that history as they analyze and scrutinize each policy.

Goose-Stepping for Adolf Hitler, 1939


© 2015 Linda Sue Grimes


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