The Tea Party Poet Laureate
Jim Keenan's parents were both legal immigrants so
they taught him that The United States of America was the land of opportunity... NOT
the land of entitlements.
You had the opportunity to work for whatever you
wanted and if you worked hard enough, and were smart enough, and took advantage of the
educational opportunities available to you, then you might get whatever you want. No
So Jim didn't think it unusual to be earning his own spending money outside
the home by age ten, and when he got his first "regular" job at fourteen, he was actually proud
to be a contributing member of the family, paying for his own school expenses, clothes and
spending money, and contributing "rent" to the household.
You see, Jim grew up in the South Bronx with the immigrant mentality of
those immigrants who came into this country through the front
door and understood that, even in the United
States, nothing is free except opportunity and that you are only "entitled"
to something after you have earned it.
His parents taught him by example to be grateful to be an American, to be
loyal to our country, to respect our flag, and to cherish personal freedom and the
opportunities it created.
Jim’s poems have always
been born of an inner dialogue about some major life issue, an insight into human behavior or
the human condition. It is only over the last
decade that some of his poems have
displayed a distinctly political point of view.
Not surprisingly, that point of view
is based on the values with which he was imbued in his early years, and a deep concern and
regret that those values which served to make our country a leader in the world are
systematically being discarded or destroyed.
These are not romantic poems written to be read with soft music
and candlelight as a backdrop.
They cast the harsher light of reality on many of the issues facing
our nation today. Perhaps they will help to focus a dialogue on what we have been,
what we stand to lose, and what we must do to preserve our nation and our way of life.
Jim Keenan, CFP was not
always a poet.
After graduating from Iona University he spent the next three decades
working for fortune 500 companies before striking out on his own to participate in private
business ventures and to write his first book “Ignorance Is Risk!” to warn the investing public
of the developing problems in the securities industry.
He has traveled throughout North America, the Caribbean and the United
Kingdom conducting business seminars and, to his knowledge, is the only member of the National
Speakers Association who writes and incorporates incisive poetry to support his key points when
delivering speeches or training.
If you would like to have Jim speak to your organization or you simply wish
to leave a comment you may reach him at