The Soul of the Nation Doesn’t Pay My Bills

If I hear Joe Biden blabber on about the soul of the nation one more time I’m going to wretch.

There is no such thing as “the soul of the nation.” There is a PR image nations need to maintain with other nations and there is face that politicians have to save between themselves and with their public, but that doesn’t amount to “the soul” of anything. That’s fucking politics.

Politicians shouldn’t wallow around in abstracts and platitudes when a pandemic rages on. People need income, homes, and healthcare and all we get from our supposed leadership is platitudes and abstract concepts they have no business discussing.

A politician’s job is to make sure citizens are happy and fed, if we aren’t those things you can expect an uprising, like the ones we’ve seen in the Movement for Black Lives.

It is my job, the job of the artists, singer song writers, and poets of the world to talk about abstracts and indulge in apostrophes.

What I’m trying to say is, shut the fuck up and let us do our job and you focus on yours. The soul of the nation is not something that politicians should try to put into words by someone whose job is to feed us. That is the only “leadership” I care about from a politician. Fuck representation, fuck hero-worship, fuck personality cults, just feed us you pompous bastards.

This was why I was a Bernie Sanders supporter, the man had no time for guff and pageantry, he was about helping the electorate. He didn’t waste our time or insult our intelligence with platitudes.

Bernie doesn’t talk about our souls, he talks about our income stability and our health, that is what matters, and that’s all I care about.

The soul of the nation can go fuck itself until the bellies in the nation are full.

Published by James J Jackson

I'm a poet from California.

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