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Profiling Can Be the Best Way To Go

Profiling Can Be the Best Way To Go

By Elton Camp

If a feeble, little old lady comes walking by
Is your reaction the same if a thug you spy?

If not, then it’s profiling in which you engaged
A practice that makes some become so enraged

But there are times it can make a whole lot of sense
Especially if against terrorists you’re making a defense

Airport security is an excellent example of such a time
The emphasis should on those likely to commit crime

Experience with terrorists causes us to know the type
To screen those more is no valid reason for any to gripe

To search a young kid from head to toe
Most certainly is not the correct way to go

A turbaned man muttering, “Allah be blessed”
Carefully check and if necessary then arrest

If he calls it “discrimination,” what do we care
Good sense can be far more important than fair


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  1. Date: 12/4/2012 7:24:00 PM
    Interesting but you could check your meter and get a better flow with a few slight changes in some of the lines.

    Camp Avatar Elton Camp
    Date: 12/4/2012 8:10:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Naw, I'm just an old hillbilly. To me, meter is that thing on the side of the house that tells how much electricity I used. As long as some enjoy the stuff I write, it's good enough for me. But I know your observation is correct and I thank you for it. At my age I do well to write a coherent sentence. Elton
  1. Date: 12/4/2012 7:02:00 PM
    interesting thing this profiling Elton xx

    Camp Avatar Elton Camp
    Date: 12/4/2012 8:13:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Mandy, it truly is. In general, I am opposed to profiling. Airport security is an exception. Israel has used profiling for years with excellent results. Sometimes human rights have to take back seat to security, but I recognize that to be a "slippery slope." Elton