I Was Poor And Did Not Know It... a muse to consider in a world where the poor are not always in poverty

I was poor and I didn’t know it… I was happy and they said I was sad… I was ignorant until they taught me....

Then I saw, that I was poor…  that my happiness was denial, and in my ignorance… I become their victim... No longer happy, no longer glad.

I have seen the world… where children sit naked in a puddle… their bellies swelling, from lack of nourishment… but, with such a smile, it would make an angel cry.

I have seen the ignorant living in squalor… their hovels of mud, with thatched roofs, baked by the sun… but, they did not know they were victims, until I had come.

I have seen the ocean breach the shores, where dark skinned women… waded in the brine, as they had done since the beginning of time…

I watched as their children danced, beneath the palms… I saw their dirty faces… As, the wind blew their hair I could hear the muffled sounds of laughing… dancing in the air.

I watched the sun set as they toiled in the sand... their weathered bodies burnt brown... their hair tied with the winds of time... these poor figures of sublime delight..

I watched as they walked home at night... carrying their burdens... atop their heads, their legs bent low, but never a complaint... not even from the old.

As I drew nearer… they could see clearer.  And, what was once a cry of joy… in their happy soul… Became the woeful morn of victims... to behold.

RA Nelson

COL. US Army (ret.)

The Western world with all its knowledge often acts in ignorance… and with their arrogance… proclaims the cry of joy… victims.

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Comment by Ricky Tanner on March 21, 2017 at 8:39am

electronics are a burden on our generation if you get a group together half of them are on their phone in a cyber world and not even aware of what is taking place around them I fear the next generation will lose all freedoms except the ones the government approve of

Comment by Ronald A. Nelson Col.USA (Ret) on March 21, 2017 at 8:17am

Absolutely... Ricky.  When we look back on life It is almost always the simple things in life that we remember with joy... those things that bring us close to our loved ones and the land.  If only we would grasp that early on and feed upon it as a Nation... as our forefather's once did.  Then America would once again be that Great City ... set upon a Hill ... calling out to a tired and weary world: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.”

America is in danger of loosing her calling ... her love of the simple and pure... As she becomes heavily weighted with the burdens of men... with the trappings of power and corruption.  Let us recall the better angels of our past and resurrect a new and better monument too our Forefather's legacy... one of compelling resolve to endure and promote an even greater society ... One Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all... not just a select few, an oligarchy of the powerful. 

Comment by Ricky Tanner on March 21, 2017 at 7:50am

when I was a kid we carried our drinking water from a spring and drank from a dipper had a out house out back and most of our food we either raised or brought in from hunting and fishing in many ways I wish I was that poor again

Comment by Ronald A. Nelson Col.USA (Ret) on March 21, 2017 at 7:43am

True poverty is not measured in silver and gold...not in the things we have or the power we yield... true poverty is found in the spirit... in an empty soul, where joy is absent and love is a stranger...  poverty abounds. 

Comment by Ricky Tanner on March 21, 2017 at 7:34am

very true


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BREAKING: Hillary Admits She Was Wrong About ‘Deplorables,’
White Nationalists Only ‘0.15%’ Of U.S. Population

(TeaParty.org) – Hillary Clinton, the failed liberal presidential candidate who sealed her fate by slamming half of U.S. voters as a load of racist, sexist, xenophobic “deplorables,” just came out and admitted she was wrong, Breitbart reports.

Speaking with Hugh Hewitt on his radio show about her book “What Happened,” he asked her if she actually believes that half of the American population are white nationalists and racists.

“Of the 62.9 million people who voted for President Trump, do you have a number in your mind that you think are actually white nationalist racists of that 62.9 million, a real number?” he asked.

“No, I don’t,” she said.

Still have any doubts? Later in the conversation, Hewitt asked the same question again. “Do you think there are more than a half million, you know, honest-to-God white nationalists running around the United States?”

Clinton: “Probably not, no.”

A white nationalist would like to establish a sovereign country for people of white European heritage, an idea everyone across the political spectrum finds unspeakably intolerable and offensive. Now, the woman who declared that this was the desire of more than half of Americans is saying that virtually nobody wants it. On both counts, she’s completely wrong.

There’s no doubt that Clinton is probably going to try running again for president in 2020 – if she’s even alive that long – and might be trying to absolve her guilt and pander to all those “undecideds” who instantly went MAGA the second she blasted them as no-good racist deplorables for not voting Democrat.

However, Clinton did later admit that there were more white nationalists in America than she had thought. Expressing her worries that the internet and the presidency of Trump is giving them a voice and a platform, she hinted that under her iron scepter, she will attempt to silence them.

“Unfortunately, their views, which used to be quite beyond the mainstream, you know, have a much broader audience now, because you know, of being online and having outlets and media presence that can promote those attitudes,” she said.

How many white nationalists are there in the United States? That’s a question with troublingly few answers, since for some mysterious reason the liberal mainstream media – even though it claims all the time that white supremacy is on the rise – hasn’t actually bothered to take polls and just ask people whether they are white nationalists.

Actually, there’s a simple answer to that. If such a poll were to be taken, our bet is that liberals would be very disappointed to discover that almost nobody is actually a white nationalist, and so there would be no way they could continue scaring people with those fears. A tactic Clinton has apparently given up on.

Left-wingers are entirely convinced that some vague but large majority of people who say they aren’t racists or white nationalists, actually share a lot of views with them – which is why Nazi and white supremacist have become interchangeable with Republican and libertarian.

An article by Newsweek, which polled around 5,000 in order address this very question, came up with this response:

About 70 percent of respondents strongly agreed that people of different races should be “free to live wherever they choose” and that “all races are equal,” and 89 percent agreed that all races should be treated equally. At the same time, 31 percent of respondents said they strongly or somewhat agreed that the country needs to “protect and preserve its White European heritage,” while 34 percent strongly or somewhat disagreed and 29 percent said they neither agreed nor disagreed.

Reality is, it’s a little true that some Americans do have overlapping views with white nationalists, but the overwhelming majority of respondents STRONGLY believe that the races should be free, are equal, and should be treated equally. Sounds like none of these respondents would be joining a lynch mob or waging a second Holocaust any time soon – trying to equate the preservation of white heritage with support for slavery and genocide is obviously one of the Left’s biggest lies, and the very reason why 39 percent of people in this same survey believe white people are under attack.

So Clinton changes her mind, and now says she believes less than one percent of the American population are white nationalists – did she believe there were even LESS than that during the campaign trail? Either way, she’s either just lying or plain stupid.


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