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May 2, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Conservative poet preaches liberty, freedom

A die-hard conservative finds his activism niche through writing and distributing patriotic poetry.

Roger W. Hancock was not a founding father. You might be confusing him with two men with their signatures on the Declaration of Independence, Roger Sherman and John Hancock, a confusion the real Roger W. Hancock is quick to clarify.

Roger W. Hancock is the PoetPatriot, a man I met at the King County Republican Convention last weekend, and a unique character among many in this election year.

He’s hard to not run into at a Republican Convention. Ever since becoming a Republican in 1988, he’s been a Precinct Committee Officer and has been to every convention since. His pin-laden, American flag waving hat sticks out from the masses, and you couldn’t even get in the door without getting a sheet with his poems on it.

Hancock is an “anybody but Obama” Republican, one of a large portion of GOP voters in this election cycle who will vote for any conservative candidate running against Obama (except maybe Ron Paul). He came into the process as a Newt Gingrich supporter, had Rick Santorum as a secondary, but on Saturday, he was proudly wearing a Mitt Romney sticker given to him by the campaign organizers in attendance.

“If people look at the issues and…look past favorites and look past their loyalties, I think they’ll see that Obama is not what we want,” he said.

Hancock is definitely an issue voter, as reflected in what he counts is almost 1000 pieces of writing on his website. Topics ranging from liberty, freedom, patriotism, Christianity come up throughout his repertoire; topics he believes promote conservatism.

And its not just straight poems: Rhymes, haikus, Clerihews, lunes, Quios, and American Sentences, and even quotes (many of himself speaking about poetry, religion and peace) fill up a website that you could spend days on.

Hancock also has a pretty substantial collection of children’s poems, “twitter rhymes,” and my personal favorite, Fuzzy Wuzzy poems, which are plays on the classic hairless bear nursery rhyme. It isn’t all conservative musing.

He even has a fairly extensive timeline of “One Vote” occurrences; elections or congressional decisions that were determined because of a single vote, to promote the idea that one vote does count.

One vote might not be enough to put Romney over the edge in Washington State come November, but I doubt that will silence Hancock. With characters like him in the party, anything could happen.

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