Think It’s a Game
Huggy Bear (Alex Lofton III) was in the Navy as a Hospital Corpsman and went to combat with the 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines in the Gulf War. He wrote this poem in December 2003 and performed it on December 6, 2019, in New York City, at an event entitled, Confronting the War on the Poor, convened by the Kairos Center for Religions, Rights and Social Justice. He lives and organizes in Mobile, Alabama and is with the Alabama Poor People’s Campaign.
It’s on now, your boy done set it off
and shit ain’t going to never be the same
George Bush done put America in some serious shit.
So you better stop thinking it’s a game
most of our militaries are in the Persian Gulf right Now.
A lot of innocent people died to get Saddam Hussein,
but we claim we were threatened
By a man who couldn’t fly in his own fucking country
and got the Arab and Muslim world completely inflamed.
They wanted to fuck up Iraq
Since the first day they got in office
But the excuses they had before were lame
Now, they just keep screaming
He was helping Al Qaeda,
but they can’t back up None of their fucking claims
Now if he was in on that 9/11,
I really can’t tell it
but my guess is his ass gonna get framed.
If you know what I know
about the shit our government done
then you too, would be cynical and ashamed
you’re dreaming if you think it’s just about disarmament and freedom ,
You’d better wake up and smell of bovine fecal matter
this shit is about Bush
and Big Oil controlling the Middle East
and making their fucking Pockets fatter.
You see Bush and his boys are about
to make billions off that oil –
the whole world economy runs on gas –
get oil to control the markets and do whatever the fuck they want and then tell OPEC and Saudi Arabia to kiss their ass.
Then you chuck up one more democracy
in the heart of the Middle East
and the New World Order die is cast
make them change their religion and culture and the way
they’ve been doing things with thousands for years
in the past.
Now we can whoop them
cuz we have Superior military technology
but trust me the shit won’t last
Cause they will retaliate right in the heart of America
with some shit,
that’s going to keep our flags flying at half mast
they can bring you anything they want at any fucking time
Every year tons of weed, heroin and cocaine to get through
the drug smugglers and terrorists running in
the same fucking clique Yo dog
put the nuclear warhead in the ship for me too.
If you don’t think Atlanta is a city at the top of the shit list
then you don’t know what the fuck you talking about.
What better way would that be
to disrupt our society
by blowing up one of the largest populated cities in the south.
So if you are scared to go to church
and buy you some duct tape
Or find the number for CDC and FEMA
cuz America threw out the rule book on War a long time ago.
When we chose to nuke Nagasaki and Hiroshima
those were not military targets
Those were alive and thriving cities
and we annihilated 350000 civilians
without remorse or guilt or pity.
Our Karma fucked up and pay back coming
and guess who going to shoulder the blame.
because all the fucked up shit our government been doing through the years
They’ve been doing your fucking name.
We killed innocent civilians every time
we went to war and planned our strategy
on how many we could manage
And then we did high altitude bombings so our planes wouldn’t get hit and then called the innocent victims collateral damage
and then we go around lecturing leaders
about possessing weapons of mass destruction.
But America’s the only nation
on the face of this planet
to use a nuclear weapon
on another country.
Now we trying to restore order
to this fucking chaos
when we opened up Pandora’s Box
the World Trade Center wasn’t shit to them
next time they might take out 50 60 blocks.
When them bombs
start going off they won’t discriminate whether you’re
and when the Terrorists in Atlanta start setting up their shit
they going to South Dekalb and Lenox Mall
Right in the Food court before you know shit.
Blood and Guts and body parts splattered Against The Wall
people moaning in Agony.
Where’s the fucking Humanity
Look at that man with no legs trying to crawl.
He drops into his own blood
Mortally wounded and dying knowing ain’t shit left to do now, but just pray.
But before he slips
into eternal Darkness
he can’t help but wonder
what the fuck America
to make them attack us this way
Because what he never learned
is far as them terrorists are concerned
we’ve always been a part of this fray
Because them Guns Tanks and Missile Israel use to fuck up Palestinians
was given to them by
the US of A
So I wrote this for you
with the really nice cars with bumper stickers on them
supporting this fucking War
right next to your sign that
stands for what would Jesus do?
Now I’m no Theologian
but I know he wouldn’t go to war for Oil
and he wouldn’t Bomb civilians on foreign soils
and wouldn’t oppress a race of people to keep Israel
for the Jews.
They got us watchin this War.
Like it’s some fucking PlayStation game
24 hours real time live
journalist and Media embedded in certain military units.
So they’re showing you
what the fuck they want you to see
and we’re riveted to the coverage
every day and night
watching the cruise missiles and bombs
But I bet if it was our
get blown the fuck up every day,
I got a feeling some your attitudes might change
Because what I find about this Christian warmonger ideology flawed and Odd
Wasn’t it supposed to be the peacemakers who inherit the kingdom of God?
They using lies and propaganda
like a veil of ignorance.
So I wrote this poem
To lift it
The Bullshit is coming
out the American backyard,
but the smell
you gotta get closer and sniff it
The bottom line is that those
people don’t want our ass over there.
we should pack up our shit and leave
the sign says no Infidel
ain’t saying it’s right but they got the right
to believe what they want to believe
We need to learn to wean our self off their oil right now or learn to pay their prices
tell Israel to leave or guard their fucking Grill
and leave them motherfucker to the own devices
the problem with America’s
we got too much power
and the more powerful We get
the more desperate they get
they know they could never beat us in a conventional War
that’s why they keep coming at us with this gangster shit
America’s balls out on war
because we forgot what it cost
it’s no longer intimate
man to man face to face
with GPS Munitions
will bomb you into submission
we control the ultimate High Ground space
we are the most powerful nation that has ever existed
Why Can’t We Be Strong yet humble
But George Bush diplomacy Only Knows 5 words
let’s get ready to rumble
he happy as hell
does he think he about to score a touchdown
but reality his ass is about to Fumble
Because he won’t realize this
What’s in the game
until a couple more of our skyscrapers crumble
the shit he’s doing now he’s making it worse
he’s raised Al Qaeda recruitment through the roof
and when we finish dropping those hot eggs on the Iraqi people’s head
they going to send some chickens to come home to roost
For thousands of years
they lived their lives in a certain way in a fundamentalist Islamic theocracy
and they’d rather die and kill us all than
to change their way of life to a secular capitalistic democracy
they’re not in it for kicks
they know what’s at stake
they’re not in it for oil, patriotism, Glory or fame
And they’re willing to win by any means necessary
so y’all better stop thinking this shit’s a game