Rick Santorum, Gay Poet ?

Rick Santorum is backpedalling as fast as he can from his campaign slogan featured on the new website for his Presidential exploratory committee, “Fighting to Make America America again,” after it was pointed out to him that it was from a famous poem by Langston Hughes. The pro-union poem is even titled “Let America Be America Again”.

When tricky-Ricky was asked if he was aware of the association with the renowned gay poet, Santorum said, “No I had nothing to do with that, and the folks who worked on the slogan for me didn’t inform me that it came from that, if it in fact came from that.” Santorum added: “Well, I’m not too sure that’s my campaign slogan, I think it’s just on a website.” But the line from the Hughes poem is in the official press release for the exploratory committee.

Here’s the poem:

 

O, I’m the man who sailed those early seas In search of what I meant to be my home- For I’m the one who left dark Ireland’s shore, And Poland’s plain, and England’s grassy lea, And torn from Black Africa’s strand I came To build a “homeland of the free.”

The free?

Who said the free? Not me?
Surely not me? The millions on relief today?
The millions shot down when we strike?
The millions who have nothing for our pay?
For all the dreams we’ve dreamed
And all the songs we’ve sung
And all the hopes we’ve held
And all the flags we’ve hung,
The millions who have nothing for our pay-
Except the dream that’s almost dead today.

O, let America be America again-
The land that never has been yet-
And yet must be-the land where every man is free.

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