July 13th, 2016

Shaman - Horse

Poem - Procrustean Bed for Trump

The emerging Republican platform is designed as “far to the Right” by The New York Times. They compared the 2016 platform to the 2012 platform and found a conservative head wind even though judicially some planks had been decided since 2012.

“Republicans moved on Tuesday toward adopting a staunchly conservative platform that takes a strict, traditionalist view of the family and child rearing, bars military women from combat, describes coal as a “clean” energy source and declares pornography a “public health crisis.

And what Republicans will probably end up with when they formally vote next week to ratify the platform approved in committee on Tuesday is a text that can seem almost Victorian in its moralizing and deeply critical of how the modern American family has evolved.”

I had read of the upcoming division as Trump headed into the convention with the GOP faithful. It seemed that the need to win would take precedence over a civil war. This may not be the case, as the platform described in the article seems to be a Procrustean bed tailor made to challenge the presumptive presidential candidate, Donald Trump. Do they expect Trump to fail, and want the platform to state the pure vision of the GOP? Perhaps. It is definitely not a “united” game plan.


Procrustean Bed for Trump

Welcome weary traveler
you'll find a home here
with rest made to suit us
by cutting down the tall
by stretching out the short.

Procrustes had his bed
iron made to fit
everyone has a chance
to comply to the purity
to prove their ability.

The smith is our fervor
ideology of the right
both in name and direction
will take no prisoners
will give up no ground.

We've heard your complaints
and tossed them aside
as deviants to be marked
corrections to be made
compliance will be the path.

Improvements have been made
to a situation most dire
the saw is now sharper
the manacles pull harder
so the visitor will comply.

In the end this is best
for all those concerned
please lay down to see
the path to our side
as your length is made right.

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