Poem: Martha Mitchell

Martha Mitchell, brassy, big haired, woman of the South
Arkansas simple sweet and twangy
A voice of her own that she loved to hear
And John Mitchell for a husband
Trouble. Trouble for the GOP

Nixon knew her kind and wasn’t worried
Seen gals like her at a thousand fund raisers
A voice that drove the crowd without directing
Unimportant, mildly amusing, slightly tipsy
Like a mascot for the party faithful

How could it be that a woman as common as biscuits
Became like the sword they fell on
A voice in the night talking with reporters
A blinding light upon their crimes and folly
Martha, shut your mouth! Martha, just shut up!

Martha, marked crazy, divorced and died alone
Abandoned by party, husband and child
A voice of her own that she wanted others to hear
Forgotten now except as a political paradigm
To count no woman’s voice inconsequential

About Louis William Rose

“I am an advocate for Liberty. What I do for Liberty I do not do for profit or fame. I seek no office other than the office of parliamentarian, and no reward other than for myself and my fellow men and women to live in a free country.” Louis William Rose is a lifelong student of parliamentary procedure and political process. He has served as parliamentarian for various organizations. A political philosopher, poet, singer, and writer, his articles have been published on-line and in pro-liberty papers in Florida, Kentucky, Georgia, and Montana. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of North Florida, graduating summa cum laude in 2004, with an additional two years of graduate work in political philosophy. Mr. Rose is an outspoken supporter of the basic rights of man, especially freedom of speech, association, religion, individual rights to personal defense and property, and of republican, constitutional forms of government. He is married to the lovely Jamy Sue Rose, an award winning nature photographer and a Florida Master Naturalist and guide. He has two sons, Edward, a hydroponic farmer in the panhandle of Florida, and Alexander, a successful real estate developer.
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