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Poets and politicians are most often antagonistic since the poet thrives on truth while the politician is the master of lies, thus their relationship is symbiotic at best unless he becomes the politician's sycophant for a few crumbs to enjoy an ephemeral state of elitism, which lasts until the politician is defeated or jailed for corruption, at which time the poet stands around with his dick in his hand and heart racing. Thus it is best for the poet, i.e., artist, to keep a psychic and physical distance from the politician.
While lies and deception are the life blood of the politician, the poet thrives on beauty and truth. Dr. Julia Hare said,"I know of no politician that has truth at the top of their agenda." Around the world, poets, writers, artists are often killed, jailed or exiled for telling the truth, especially about politicians, rarely are they accused of lying. Usually, it is the politicians, in league with their sycophants, who lie
about the poets, especially when poetic truth exposes their lies to the people.
Of former President Obama, Dr. Cornel West said,"We must respect him, but we must check him!" Politicians, in their arrogance and delusional sense of power, hate to be put in check, thus they will try to isolate the poet from the people. The poet need only stand on the truth and he shall win in the end. As Francis Bacon said"Truth will not make you rich, but it will make you free!"
Marvin X's fictional interview with Prez Obama
Prez, Indeed you are.
Prez, You're right about that.
MX, Prez, It seems to me you give in too quickly, sometimes when it ain't even necessary.
MX, Do you feel like a white man or black man?
MX, C'mon, Prez, do I look like Willie Foofoo?
MX, Between Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan, how many, especially with the collateral damage?
Prez, I'm not aware of them.
MX, Does this include having your friends in Israel do the same?
MX, And Bahrain?