The political fringe loves the “other” political fringe,
The one they are fighting,
Because the more “fringy” the other becomes,
The stronger it makes each fringe,
The more each fringe becomes the center,
And from there to complete war,
Which is the only space they feel safe,
A world clearly divided into us and them,
with a clear purpose,
To fight.
Only solidarity defeats this.
The more solidarity the more the fringes are defeated,
The less solidarity the more they win the mainstream.
But solidarity requires real values clarification,
Real compromises in the search of common values,
Which takes leadership and courage from the few
Who can lead the frightened and confused many.

© Marc Gopin