Love Me, I’m a Liberal!

Well, I wept when they jailed Chelsea Manning,
A hero for our time.
And I cheered when Snowden ran to Russia,
Stealing government secrets is fine.
But Charlie Hebdo were bigots and racists,
They should have known that punching down is a crime.
So love me, love me, love me…I’m a liberal.

Dedicated to:
Teju Cole and the PEN boycotters
Glenn Greenwald
Will Self
Garry Trudeau
…and every other person with the perspicacity and moral courage to denigrate cartoonists, slain for drawing caricatures of a 7th Century religious figure.

(With apologies to Phil Ochs. And a hat-tip to Adam Barnett.)

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