Sunday, November 13, 2016

POTW - For Hillary Clinton

There have been a number of poems written for Hillary Clinton in these past weeks -- Eileen Myles, "Momentum 2016" and even a rap poem talking about the "hotsauce in her bag" by Khalid Rahmaan. But the real poetry we saw was the intensity of her campaign, as we can discern from this excerpt of her speech at the Democratic National Convention.

“It’s true, I sweat the details of policy, whether we’re talking about the exact level of lead in the drinking water in Flint, Michigan, the number of mental health facilities in Iowa, or the cost of your prescription drugs,” she said.

On more than one occasion she emphasized that when speaking she used the pronoun "we" -- because she knew that she represented everyone, that the country was a unity of different peoples, "better together." Because Hillary Clinton, behind her smile, is the candidate that cares.

The tragedy is that after she obtained the majority of the vote in the American Popular Election, it was not enough to be called President Elect due to the antiquated Electoral College system.

The 46% of Americans that did not vote and those who voted for Mr Trump because they believed the lies during the campaign (and perhaps also ignored that Trump received KKK endorsements) may now find themselves in an American that they did not really want.

Meanwhile, people are already beginning to resist because it simply seems the right thing to do. We are not sure what details of policy President Elect Trump is sweating about, but it seems he's not very worried about conflicts of personal interest after appointing a number of family members to his preparation team.

The slot for the poem this week goes to a musical creation by Kate McKinnon playing Hillary Clinton, in a pastiche of a Leonard Cohen hit. This was the opening of this week's Saturday Night Live -- the TV comedy show -- listen until you understand the words, perhaps not meant as farce and satire, but as truth.