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An interesting political read

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by TSGB, May 1, 2006.

  1. TSGB

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    I Am the People, the Mob

    I am the people--the mob--the crowd--the mass.
    Do you know that all the great work of the world is
    done through me?
    I am the workingman, the inventor, the maker of the
    world's food and clothes.
    I am the audience that witnesses history. The Napoleons
    come from me and the Lincolns. They die. And
    then I send forth more Napoleons and Lincolns.
    I am the seed ground. I am a prairie that will stand
    for much plowing. Terrible storms pass over me.
    I forget. The best of me is sucked out and wasted.
    I forget. Everything but Death comes to me and
    makes me work and give up what I have. And I
    forget.
    Sometimes I growl, shake myself and spatter a few red
    drops for history to remember. Then--I forget.
    When I, the People, learn to remember, when I, the
    People, use the lessons of yesterday and no longer
    forget who robbed me last year, who played me for
    a fool--then there will be no speaker in all the world
    say the name: "The People," with any fleck of a
    sneer in his voice or any far-off smile of derision.
    The mob--the crowd--the mass--will arrive then.


    -----Carl Sandburg
     

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