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Tongue-Tied Obama Refuses to Speak the Truth



I refuse to argue with Obama’s refusing

To speak the words, “jihadist”

Or “Islamist.”


It is so delusional that I am afraid that

I will enter his bubble of lies if I argue

Against him,

If I get my hands dirty with his negation,

His purposeful misinterpretation.


Never has a man said so much to do so little.

The knife isn’t in the water.

It’s in our backs.


Islamist is used everywhere by the Muslims,

Yet Obama whose dad

And stepdad

Were Muslim

Refuses to say it.


Terror reigns down like a failed God

From Islam

Yet Obama tells us that there is no Islamic terror.

I can’t argue with him.

It’s too stupid.

He’s too stupid.


He has not been beheaded but somehow his head

Has become a monolithic view from a magnet

Of adhering views.


I am not a moron on the corner arguing

With a cab driver about a fender bender.

The dent is evidence.

The dead are the solution of terrorism’s equation.

The flat tire is Islam’s failure.

The fire is the burning of a violent religion.



If FDR had called the Japanese who attacked

Pearl Harbor,

Cutters of workplace sushi,

We wouldn’t have known they would cannibalize

Americans in prison camps


And we wouldn’t have interned them here

Not wanting to hear we were Japanese- phobic

From the liberals who wanted to toss America

Into the sea.


But I don’t want to argue with Obama.

I don’t want to see my IQ descend in apologist answers.

I don’t want to be as stupid as a candle that doesn’t

Flicker in the wind.

I don’t want to be gripped by the Ideology of wax

Or Saul Alinsky’s fixations.

I don’t want to see life become formulaic and redundant

In the rigidity of naïve socialism, misplaced dialectic,

Clichés fallen from a teleprompter like orange October leaves.

The views expressed in this opinion article are solely those of their author and are not necessarily either shared or endorsed by

About the author

David Lawrence

David Lawrence

David Lawrence has a Ph.D. in literature. He has published over 200 blogs, 600 poems, a memoir “The King of White-Collar Boxing,” several books of poems, including “Lane Changes.” Both can be purchased on He was a professional boxer and a CEO. Last year he was listed in New York Magazine as the 41st reason to love New York.

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