The White House is holding an event celebrating American Poetry tonight, and guess what? You're not invited. Which, according to Fox News, Sarah Palin, The Daily Caller and associated forces, is great news for you! Because one of the poetry readers will be the rapper Common, the most evil and dangerous man alive.

The poem that Common probably won't be reading tonight, but which conservatives have latched onto as a means of proving how Satanic this fellow is, is this little ditty which The Daily Caller "transcribed from a 2007 video with 837,613 viewers on YouTube." You can watch this disturbing spectacle in the clip up top.

A Letter to the Law

Dem boy wanna talk… [indistinguishable]

Whatcha gon do if ya got one gun?

I sing a song for the hero unsung

with faces on the mural of the revolution

No looking back cos' in back is what's done

Tell the preacher, God got more than one son

Tell the law, my Uzi weighs a ton

I walk like a warrior,

from them I won't run

On the streets, they try to beat us like a drum

In Cincinnati, another brother hung

A guinea won't see the sun

with his family stung

They want us to hold justice

but you handed me none

The same they did to Kobe and Michael Jackson

make them the main attraction

Turn around and attack them

Black gem in the rough

You're rugged enough

Use your mind and nine-power, get the government touch

Them boys chat-chat on how him pop gun

I got the black strap to make the cops run

They watching me, I'm watching them

Them dick boys got a lock of cock in them

My people on the block got a lot of pok* in them

and when we roll together

we be rocking them to sleep

No time for that, because there's things to be done

Stay true to what I do so the youth dream come

from project building

Seeing a fiend being hung

With that happening, why they messing with Saddam?

Burn a Bush cos' for peace he no push no button

Killing over oil and grease

no weapons of destruction

How can we follow a leader when this a corrupt one

The government's a g-unit and they might buck young black people

Black people In the urban area one

I hold up a peace sign, but I carry a gun.

Peace, ya'll."

"‘Uzi' is slang for a compact machine gun," the Caller notes.


Fox News has referred to Common as a "vile rapper." Sarah Palin tweeted, "Oh lovely, White House," with a link to the Daily Caller article. Common is enjoying all of this, based on his tweeting activity.

Question: Why is it 1992 again? Anyone? Hadn't we come to grips with the fact that many famous rappers use controversial language and determined that yes, they still should be allowed to show their faces in public? Apparently not. Maybe we should re-litigate the controversial case of Bart Simpson while we're at it. He says "Eat my shorts" on television. Did you know this? A White House invitation should be heading his way any minute.