I speak of a subject most solemn
The rise in our land of fifth column
a downhill tread
in which masses are lead
gaining momentum of slalom.
With sleight of hand, downright delusion
They’re stirring up hatred, confusion
to the gullible soul
taking fully, control
in critical thinking’s exclusion.
These swindling no good magicians
some disguised as our own politicians
sing a misleading medley
with lyrics so deadly
they may be our country’s morticians.
The term “fifth column” referred to ancient warfare, where two columns of soldiers were in the middle of the battlefield, with two flanks on either side. The fifth column was spies who had infiltrated the enemy camp to demoralize and confuse them. This practice was used by Philip II of Macedon, the father of Alexander the Great, who took gold from the mines near the Greek city of Amphipolis and used it to bribe citizens of Athens to betray their city. These paid betrayers and bribed politicians would organize around themselves what have been referred to as “useful fools” or “useful idiots,” naive people who actually believed their propaganda.