By Ron Faust
The worse scare of Halloween is the deniers
Who wear their masks of deceit in public
Pretending to care for the down and outers
But actually protecting their greedy interests
They go around trick or treating for votes
By relying on corporate campaign profits
To support lies about the election, abortion,
And what they are going to do to benefits
They represent the wealthy and the military
They love a good fight and white superiority
Promoting division, inequality and racism
Most noxious is to win in any way possible
No problem if you see Jan. 6th as only patriotic
For you prefer authoritarianism over democracy
Blaming the different rather than dishonesty
Setting aside norms letting the truth set us free
I try to cope with a yard full of crazy leaves
Flying around ready to be mulched and raked
The problem of society is to make it less crazy
Disarming the lies and raising healthy people.
10/31/22 (On occasion of wondering how the fantasy of Halloween elevates fear and violence carrying over into our ethical behavior)
Ron Faust is a former member of the PeaceWorks KC Board of Directors.
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