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Complacency...I've Better Things To Do (Poem)

Updated on May 6, 2017

Go Ahead And Put It Off

We can always find excuses for sitting back and letting the world pass us by. "I work too hard and need to relax", "I don't have time to get involved", "It won't do any good anyway", and a host of others provide substantial validation to those looking for it. If our founding fathers had been as anxious to get involved, we'd still be part of the British Empire.



I ought to love my wife today,

and spend some time, do things her way.

And pull my share, I really should,

but TV’s just too good.


I ought to spend time with my son,

teach right from wrong, and have some fun.

Quality time, I think I could,

but TV’s just too good.


I ought to see my minister,

and ask him now to administer

A prayer for hope, I really would,

but TV’s just too good.


I ought to write my congressman,

and let him know how fed up I am.

And speak my peace, I really should,

but TV’s just too good.


I ought to scream my thoughts out loud,

let others hear, create a crowd..

And do something, I really could,

but TV’s just too good.


I ought to hate my complacency,

getting late, for you and me.

Losing my rights, and you are too,

TV’s just no damn good!


Big business rules our world today,

could care less, who’s in the way.

Minimum wage, most all they pay,

Repo’d TV away.


I got no way to fight or run,

lost my car, they took my gun.

I‘m just a slave, long as I live,

Got nothing left to give.


Why’d I stall, it makes no sense,

couldn’t start, come off the fence.

Procrastinate, thought it could wait,

But now it’s just too late.


A Quick Note...

No, the world isn't going to end tomorrow. "Rome wasn't built in a day" and we won't take care of our nation's weak spots overnight!

However, what's wrong with getting involved and starting the wheels turning? We've got a great country, but as with anything, it's got to be maintained properly to run smoothly. There's a lot of gunk clogging it's injectors right now. It just needs some maintenance!

How about setting a two term maximum for both the Senate and the House of Representatives? There's way too many lifelong favors and relationships built with industrial and special interest lobbies. How can we be represented when there are others ahead of us in line with different agendas?

The exceptionally wealthy have made politics a rich man's game starting with the multi-million dollar campaigns. Instead of grass roots politics, it has become "Silver Spoon" politics. Do you really think they have your best interests in mind?

Slowly we are becoming cattle. Business has coined the concept of "Political Correctness" to eliminate freedom of choice. Why should we be forced to give respect to someone that has not earned it? Are basic manners, that come with proper upbringing, so far gone that now laws replace them? If we don't follow this concept for whatever reason, we are guilty of a crime and either terminated or prosecuted. Freedom of speech is also in danger in this concept! If the wrong person thinks you've said something that you haven't, there is such a fear factor running loose for fear of lawsuit, that once again, you will be terminated or worse! If this doesn't create a society of cattle, afraid to act, afraid to speak, afraid to express.."What Does?"

You can instigate change! But, you're not going to do it watching reality television.

GET INVOLVED!


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    • rcrumple profile imageAUTHOR

      Rich 

      6 years ago from Kentucky

      Daniel -

      Thanks for stopping in!

      I agree. Sad thing is we are seeing what happens when technology raises our children. Society becomes self centered and self absorbed. Huff Post is filled with these individuals who have no patience if a different thought pattern is presented. They've either forgotten or never been taught that it all about the "power of the people", not the "power of the me" that can effect change.

      My apologies for rambling. Many Thanks for commenting! Much appreciated!

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      danielabram 

      6 years ago

      Television babysitting is the worst. That is why Disney recalled the Baby Einstein line because babies need the motor skills from using their hands.

    • rcrumple profile imageAUTHOR

      Rich 

      6 years ago from Kentucky

      Audrey -

      Good to see you're here, also!

      Sometimes, I say too much. And then I think, "But, at least I'm saying it." Bill and I agree on many things, including necessary changes. I'm not in his caliber, by any means, but if everyone would just make a small effort, we could really help this world get a little bit better.

      Thank you for the compliment and comments. Very much appreciated!

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      Audrey Howitt 

      6 years ago from California

      What an excellent message in an effective piece--I loved this!

    • rcrumple profile imageAUTHOR

      Rich 

      6 years ago from Kentucky

      Thank you, sir, for coming by.

      I couldn't agree more. I feel bad for today's youth that know nothing but television babysitting.

      I appreciate your comments!

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      Tom Rubenoff 

      6 years ago from United States

      Time passes all to quickly to squander it by watching TV. Thanks for this review of priorities!

    • rcrumple profile imageAUTHOR

      Rich 

      6 years ago from Kentucky

      LaThing -

      It's a pleasure to meet you!

      Thank you for your comments and critique. I hope the keys have the same strength as the pen.

      Many Thanks!

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      LaThing 

      6 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Beautiful written, funny but with a great message!! I agree with your sentiment..... Remember, 'pen is mightier than the sword'! You are on the right track here.... voting up, and sharing, Sir! :)

    • rcrumple profile imageAUTHOR

      Rich 

      6 years ago from Kentucky

      Good to see you!

      I've thought about it many times, but I'm a movie buff. If I can just ignore my wife's reality shows, I keep my sanity.

      Many Thanks!

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      Justin W Price 

      6 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Nice work. Up and shared. I got rid of my TV a few months ago, and productivity has never been better!

    • rcrumple profile imageAUTHOR

      Rich 

      6 years ago from Kentucky

      Good to see you!

      All we can do is hope! Appreciate the compliment! Many Thanks!

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      Mary 

      6 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Great hub & the reminder of lost times with loved ones should snap the chains of complacency...voted up etc...cheers

    • rcrumple profile imageAUTHOR

      Rich 

      6 years ago from Kentucky

      @manatita44

      Thank you for your comments. I sincerely appreciate them!

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      manatita44 

      6 years ago from london

      Good effort. Keep it up. Some useful insights here.

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      6 years ago from Central Florida

      I agree. I was just funnin' you. There are other sites where money can be made. This site is all about the comraderie and I'm here to stay!

      Welcome. You'll fall in love as have the rest of us!

    • rcrumple profile imageAUTHOR

      Rich 

      6 years ago from Kentucky

      : )

      I've only been here a few weeks. Really am in it for the writing first. If the other comes around, it's just a side benefit. A place to create is worth more than the funding, and Hubpages definitely provides that! Many Thanks!

    • bravewarrior profile image

      Shauna L Bowling 

      6 years ago from Central Florida

      I hope you're doing better than I. I've made a whole $11.33 in ten months (on HP)!

    • rcrumple profile imageAUTHOR

      Rich 

      6 years ago from Kentucky

      Bravewarrior, you can have everything I've made from writing so far (Thanks for reminding me I still need to set those things up).

      : ) Good Luck!

    • rcrumple profile imageAUTHOR

      Rich 

      6 years ago from Kentucky

      Good to see you Nell!

      I don't know of a soul that hasn't put things off for one reason or another. Yet, when it comes to responsibilities, most of us will take care of business. My concern is that too many are waiting on someone else to take care of them and relieve them of their responsibilities as a parent and citizen. Every inch taken away must be fought for all over again. When people refuse to fight for those inches in lieu of paltry whims, they only increase the load of others.

      Thanks for visiting and commenting! You know you're always welcome!

    • bravewarrior profile image

      Shauna L Bowling 

      6 years ago from Central Florida

      :-) from my heart. That's where I live. I hate politics, but the current imposter has forced me to come out of my bubble and speak. Can I count on you for bail when I get arrested?

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      Nell Rose 

      6 years ago from England

      Hi, this is oh so true! mind you its not the tv with me its just general can't be bothered sometimes! lol! I know I should write that second book, get up really early take the dog for a walk, clean the house and be ready for visitors by eight, but what the heck! Yes we all feel like this, me being one of the worse sometimes, but luckily not all the time, great poem and thoughts! nell

    • rcrumple profile imageAUTHOR

      Rich 

      6 years ago from Kentucky

      Bravewarrior....

      Your courage deserves respect! I am honored when you stop by!

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      6 years ago from Central Florida

      Thanx for not compromising my current state of freedom!

    • rcrumple profile imageAUTHOR

      Rich 

      6 years ago from Kentucky

      @bravewarrior

      I thank you for your comments.

      My intitial response is to make a joke about something else you've said, but your situation is much to dismal to do so. (private joke, people, please don't take offense)

      We live in a world of "don't step on my toes or I'll sue!" Instead of showing inner strengths, people are getting weaker and weaker by allowing the law to fight their personal conflicts. I remember a time where we stood up for ourselves and fought to wrong social rights. These were "social ailments", not "legal ailments" that needed to involve a greater degree of government law in our lives. A change of attitude takes place because of our ability as humans to reason, not because a law is forcing us to comply! We are being molded, lined up, and herded without recognition of what's taking place. It's time for a wake up call in our brains, if we are to maintain the freedoms mentioned, as well as, all the others, I agree! Again, many thanks!

    • rcrumple profile imageAUTHOR

      Rich 

      6 years ago from Kentucky

      @phdast7

      Thank you for your comments! I've hunted for such a campaign already in existence, but can find none currently active. If you are aware of any please share the info with me. It's a cause I believe desperately needed. Again, Many Thanks! (...and it's a pleasure meeting you, too!)

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      6 years ago from Central Florida

      Amen, r! So many of our freedoms have been compromised. In fact, I've been warned about certain remarks I've made about the current white house occupant; that I could be arrested! What?????

      Good message. We need to stand up and reclaim our rights.

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      Theresa Ast 

      6 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      An Excellent message (and a pretty good poem). :) AND YES!! Start the campaign, the movement, for a two term limit on the Senate and House of Representatives. This is desperately needed and I will totally support (and encourage others to support) such a change. Or is there already a campaign / movement on going that we should know about and support? Great Hub -- Important Points -- Sharing.

      Nice to meet you. ~~~ Welcome to HubPages. :)

    • rcrumple profile imageAUTHOR

      Rich 

      6 years ago from Kentucky

      I sincerely thank you for your comments! I believe there's a need for tweaking to be done in the in the political structure, and a lot of work needed in the home setting. However, sitting back and thinking it will get done on its own just won't cut it. As with any task, involvement is necessary. Fear has always been a tool of the ruling class. It's just much more sophisticated today! Thanks again for commenting!

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      Bill Holland 

      6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Let there be no doubt that you and I speak the same language. Love this hub and obviously I concur with it. I do believe that complacency may be the greatest enemy of the American people....followed closely by fear.

      I appreciate your efforts.....thank you!

    • rcrumple profile imageAUTHOR

      Rich 

      6 years ago from Kentucky

      I love your optimism! I believe the glass is half full, also. One, just has to make the move to get off the wheel to choose that door. The bullies in the neighborhood get bolder if you don't stand up every now and then. And, there's nothing wrong with making the best better! Thanks for commenting! Much appreciated!

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      whonunuwho 

      6 years ago from United States

      although it appears times have changed, they really have not..it is like a big carnival Ferris wheel, a revolving door that seems to have no end. We've got to get off the wheel, choose a new door, and make something positive out of all the negatives. It can be done with a little internal fortitude and reaching inside of us and gutting it out.

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