Politics of Promises

Another of the 48 Laws of Power by Robert Green as a writing prompts. The plan is to post one of these Law prompted pieces a week on Thursdays. I wrote this a month or so ago bur seems fitting with the political hot air coming out of the USA these days 🙂

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Law 9: Win Through Your Actions – Not Argument

a lot was said

enough to sway the people

get some of them out to the polls

of course

it will turn out

you were misunderstood

that what you promised

wasn’t exactly what you could do

that due to conditions

beyond your control

you were stuck with things as they are

not as you promised to change them

you weren’t lying

just to get elected

 

you were simply uninformed

unaware

that the obstacles to be overcome

couldn’t be overcome

with words

with language

with the slippery tongue of future

that you used to unlock the door of success

that you wish you could do

what you planned

really you mean to do it

honestly

it’s not your fault

 

you can’t move the mountains

you promised to move

we really didn’t expect you

to fix what was broken by others

you certainly didn’t break anything

it was so broken

when you got there

you had no choice

but to make the best of a bad situation

and if we don’t like it

we better shut the fuck up

 

or

you’ll silence us

the same way

others who have been elected

have silenced us

the victory you promised we’d have

isn’t relevant now

that you have power invested in you

you’ll do that you think best

which will be better

than what you promised

we just have to give you a break

give you chance

and stop nagging you

with evidence of your lies

we mean

of your promises

they are taken out of context anyway

so we better give you one more chance

to do what you promised

or it’ll be our fault

for lacking patience and foresight

and forgiveness

why are we so bitter

so cruel

you meant well

and that’s enough

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