According to journalist Walter Isaacson, the success of Benjamin Franklin can be directly attributed to his desire to examine more than one side of an issue and to publish different points of view. Isaacson stated, “Franklinis one of the first American publishers to understand that freedom of the press and tolerance are a part of what it is to be a newspaper editor, and what it is to be a printer. And part of the genius of America is that we’re open in our discourse.”
After watching theUnionput forth their best efforts against the Portland Timbers and looking forward to our clash with the L.A. Galaxy, I got inspired to research Dr. Franklin’s writings. After a while I put two and two together and brought forth this tribute to my favorite club, its players, and the friendships I’ve made a long the way.
First up is Dr. Franklin’s 1757 poem, “On the Freedom of the Press” which was reprinted from Poor Richard’s Almanac. Below is my interpretation of this work that I have entitled “Onto the Union’s Success.” Enjoy!
ON THE FREEDOM OF THE PRESS
by: Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)
While free from Force the Press remains,
Virtue and Freedom chear our Plains,
And Learning Largesses bestows,
And keeps unlicens’d open House.
We to the Nation’s publick Mart
Our Works of Wit, and Schemes of Art,
And philosophic Goods, this Way,
Like Water carriage, cheap convey.
This Tree which Knowledge so affords,
Inquisitors with flaming swords
From Lay-Approach with Zeal defend,
Lest their own Paradise should end.
The Press from her fecundous Womb
Brought forth the Arts of Greece and Rome;
Her offspring, skill’d in Logic War,
Truth’s Banner wav’d in open Air;
The Monster Superstition fled,
And hid in Shades in Gorgon Head;
And awless Pow’r, the long kept Field,
By Reason quell’d, was forc’d to yield.
This Nurse of Arts, and Freedom’s Fence,
To chain, is Treason against Sense:
And Liberty, thy thousand Tongues
None silence who design no Wrongs;
For those who use the Gag’s Restraint,
First Rob, before they stop Complaint.
DOOP: ONTO THE UNION’s SUCCESS
by: Douglas Dryer (1982-)
While free from Seitz the Union remains,
Mondragon, Holder, MacMath defend our campaigns.
And Boston native Williams with his cannon-like throws,
Continues to keep watch over Califf’s inked elbows.
We bow to the Farfan brothers never apart,
Our own Harvey shows much red heart.
And philosophic Valdes always shows the way,
By sliding through enemies like cheap Bobby Convey.
Gonzalez with which this firm somehow affords,
Holds down the bench while the crowd roars.
All the while the Illegitimates defend,
They honor their corner beside the River End.
Born from Nowak in his fecundous womb,
Brought forth the finesse of Le Toux’s sonic boom.
Okugo, he’s skilled in football war,
And Mapp’s brilliant flicks waved in allow for
Mwanga’s needle-like precision as he threads,
Passes that end up scoring off Ruiz’s massive heads.
And flawless Carroll, keeps running along the field,
By reason Migs was forced to yield.
When will this draft force of Agorsor and Richter commence?
To chain Torres is treason against sense.
And Levi and Pfeffer, those young men belong,
None silence Jack Mac who can do no wrong.
For those who use the Dainiel’s restraint,
Please start Nakazawa, before I file a complaint.
A big DOOP’n thank you to Doug Dryer for submitting this article/EPIC poem. If you would like to contribute to Section133.com email TheIllegitimateS@gmail.com – JeffreyM