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Stand Up And Be Counted

“Get up, stand up, stand up for your right, Get up, stand up, don’t give up the fight” Bob Marley & the Wailers

“The first requisite for giving someone power is their aversion to accepting it” FeatherLeaf

We live in a mixed up world where those who are in power should be locked up in psychiatric hospitals and where our best dreamers and visionaries suffer and are labeled mentally ill.

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Corrupt Politicians

Don’t let the spit and polish of politicians fool you. The president, the congress the senate are probably among the most depraved group of people that one could point to. Under their guidance the military industrial complex has marched on, subjugating countries in horrific conquest all the while squandering our massive amounts of resources. Big business is catered to, while the common man is conveniently forgotten. Of course come election times the candidates come begging for votes, espousing lies and promises that they never intend to keep.

Greedy Business

Of course the politicians are just the mouth pieces for the even corrupter system. For a solution to poverty hear the words of one Jay Gould, “I can hire one half of the working class to kill the other half.” There was a time in recent United States history when the farmers couldn’t sell their food and the poor didn’t have the money to eat. Instead of simply allowing the poor to eat it the farmers decided to allow the fruit to rot. That is the sick world we live in.

Where Do You Stand?

You have a position and power even if you don’t realize it just yet. I am talking much more than your power to vote. Whatever you are, whatever you do, you are an ambassador for your cause. If you are in the mentally ill community what you do has a reflection on me, because I am one of your numbers. What are you values? How are your values reflected in life? What do you do with your time? What do other people think of you? What do your actions say?

Where Are We Going?

The world is precariously walking on a slippery slope. World War 3 which threatens to be a nuclear exchange is looming near. The destruction of the environment threatens the sustainability of Mother Earth. Wealth inequality brings a handful of rich and masses of poor. Finally a nefarious group of unscrupulous fellows want to establish a New World Order in the process, setting themselves up as gods.

What Can You Do?

Never underestimate the power of the individual. The world is a massive amount of dry kindle just waiting for the right spark to ignite a furious blaze. Look at Rosa Parks who refused to give up her seat to a ‘white’ man. The resulting kinetic action inflamed the civil rights movements and this obscure person reigns virtuous in the analogs of history. The powers that be have think tanks filled with people with brilliant minds. What these ‘geniuses’ literally do is figure out a way to take advantage of any situation for their masters. But the best made plans could be thrown kilter by one simple anomaly. Think of  a furious freight train running a hundred miles an hour downhill on the tracks. It seems invulnerable but a simple well placed pebble on the right place could dereail it. So it is with evil.

We Are Victims Already

The evil is already fully implemented and we the people are suffering already. Every poor young person who is set off to go to war comes back damaged in some capacity or another. The systematic racism in society with profit prison are literally enslaving a whole generation of young African American youths. Senior citizens must decide whether to allocate their resources on for food, medicine or rent. College graduates accumulate great debt with no prospects for a high paying job. All these things are done by design.

Where Do  You Want To Go?

That is entirely up to you. I welcome you to leave your vision in the comments.


Please check out my book “Poet To The Poor, Poems Of Hope To The Bottom One Percent”

Photos by U.S. Embassy The Hague,

Stand Up And Be Counted

John Kaniecki

John Kaniecki is a full-time caregiver for his wife Sylvia. He is a published writer and works with the Church of Christ. John has lived with bipolar for over thirty years and has been hospitalized nine times, three of which were committed. John has chronicled his life story in his memoirs "More Than The Madness". Also of note is John's book of poetry "Murmurings Of A Mad Man" which are poems written about being committed in Graystone Psychiatric Hospital. John believes in the power of words to change the world for the better. His website can be seen here. His books can be seen on Amazon. You can visit his personal blog "Turn A Page Or Two" here.

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Kaniecki, J. (2018). Stand Up And Be Counted. Psych Central. Retrieved on May 19, 2019, from


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