You have let America down

You Did

By Barry Tudor

You have let America down

You let them drag us into the ground

You turned your head and you closed your eyes

You closed your heart so heavy with sighs

You turned away from all that’s true

You turned away from what you knew

You took the lies so easy to swallow

You looked like a fool seeking something to follow

And those who saw as plain as the day

What was real and true and would not go away

Who told the world what science has easily proved

And when I told you, you could not be moved

The ability to question the things in this world

Are being curtailed, plans being unfurled

You hear the easy and comfortable things

Which do not disturb your imaginings

And the ones who are proven to be the cause

The very ones who write all our laws

That kill the freedoms we used to enjoy

Hurting the lives of every young girl and boy

Taking away their chance to be free

And live the promise given to you and to me

America was the home of the brave

Now seems to have its foot in a grave

And the other on a banana peel…

Are any of the things we are told real?

I still hold hope...

3 Responses

  1. Excellent post thanks for sharing this. I enjoy reading your blog very much. Reading poems is something I truly enjoy. It’s very relaxing and soothing.

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  2. (in the spirit of the above)..Actually, you have it backwards…I was one of those idealistic, and naive nobodies that america just *loves* to brag about as being one of her own, but secretly despises as hopelessly lost. Anyways, I was one of those who TRIED over and over to warn you about the road you were on, about how it is folly to think that you can finance death squads in Central America, but somehow avoid the consequences. I tried to tell you that a double mind will destroy us, how you CANNOT have anything to do with dictators, and hope that the laughable myth of “manifest destiny” will save the day. You cannot deny freedom to one while forcing it upon another.
    Alas, because of the insufferable and despicable hubris with which you wrap yourself like a sacred shroud, you would not listen, dismissing people like me as pessimists, a drag on the body politic, a nuisance, a worry wort. And now, as the roosters come home, they always do, mama. The sharks that by your actions, you have signalled to them that you are ready for the sacrifice, you turn to me in spite (is there any other way besides spite and contempt to deal with life? So limiting and narrow!) You turn to me and expect me to listen to this half-baked diatribe… you want me to do something.
    I have not let you down, america. You are the one who put the holes in the boat, and now that we are sinking, you want that I should plaster the holes over? Well, but of course! I would if I could, but you sold the plaster to the highest bidder, remember? I said we might need it at some future time, but oh no! the great miss america knows best! Well, now we have no plaster, the boat is sinking, and the only thing you can think of is to remind me how I let you down? wow. good riddance.

  3. Only the elimination of all conservative Christians will allow all Americans to be free and the world to no longer have to live in fear of the U.S.A.’s imperialist, terrorist holy war. The conservative ideology has never helped mankind in any way, it has not only never helped mankind in anyway, it has oppressed, murdered, raped and killed all those in it’s way to gain power. History shows us this. Fact shows us this. James Madison, the “Father of the U.S. Constitution”, along with many founders of this country, regardless of their religious or non-religious affiliations, knew keeping politics and religion separate not only preserves each, but helps them flourish: “The number, the industry, and the morality of the Priesthood and the devotion of the people have been manifestly increased by the total separation of the Church and the State.”

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