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Welcome to America

April 1, 2010
By icefaerie10111 GOLD, Exeter, Rhode Island
icefaerie10111 GOLD, Exeter, Rhode Island
12 articles 8 photos 25 comments

Welcome to America: A land of opportunity
where a man on Welfare can make more than a public school teacher.
Welcome to America: A land paved in gold
where we are in trillions of dollars of debt.
Welcome to America: "Liberty and Justice for all":
where our pledge does not include minors or homosexuals;
where it is not applied to the oppressed and those in debt.
Welcome to America: A land for the people
where the cooperation is clearly a person as you and me, from a political aspect.
Welcome to America: ...and by the people
where you can buy legislative power from a governor in Illinois.
Welcome to America: A effort against the "Drug War"
where we can't even keep our police officers clean.
Welcome to America: Where people and legislature see eye to eye;
where a democracy and a republic clash heads.
Welcome to America: Separation of Church and State
where we have only had two non-Protestant Presidents.
Welcome to America: A land of freedom
where women no rights until 1848, and could not vote until 1920;
where African-Americans were isolated from society until the 1960s;
where American Citizens of the same nation had to kill each other to abolish slavery.
Welcome to America: A Nation of peace
where we are always at war.
Welcome to America: A Nation united
where states are divided.
Welcome to America: A Nation of tolerance
where "the people" see Islam in the government as more of a problem than economic reform.
Welcome to America: A Democracy
where we win votes by scandals and controversy, not political action or issues.
Welcome to America: Does the system work for you?
where fitting into the system is more important than improving it.
Welcome to America: Where several police officers were killed in a cafe a couple of weeks ago;
where no one noticed because they were too preoccupied with the fact that Tiger Woods cheated on his wife.
Welcome to America: Most politicians one were lawyers;
where it seems being a celebrity gives you power equal to that.

Welcome to America where many people who read this article never got past the second line because they would rather ignore the issues than resolve them.

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This article has 211 comments.

on Apr. 10 2010 at 6:56 pm
MeghanMichelle GOLD, Hooksett, New Hampshire
12 articles 0 photos 77 comments

Great poem.

it is a little reptetive making it kind of annoying to read. I ignored all of the "Welcome to America"s.

on Apr. 10 2010 at 2:15 pm
Bookwryme BRONZE, Paradox Lake, New York
4 articles 0 photos 6 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Nothing Gold can stay" By robert frost

unfortantly, it's true

on Apr. 10 2010 at 12:49 pm
toxic.monkey SILVER, Tashkent, Other
6 articles 0 photos 210 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Homo homini lupus"

the last two lines are like a slap to humanity. it's a jaw droppingly honest and outspoken and good article! i think I might show this to a history teacher i know. he'll appreciate it. go on writing!!

Eilatan GOLD said...
on Apr. 10 2010 at 11:22 am
Eilatan GOLD, Old Greenwich, Connecticut
11 articles 1 photo 307 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Nobody is normal. Everybody in the world is a weirdo freak. Except you, which makes you a weirdo freak."

i read all the way to the end.

I'm glad i did.

on Apr. 10 2010 at 10:54 am
31 articles 2 photos 226 comments

Favorite Quote:
Life is not measured by the number of breaths you take... but by the moments that take your breath away.

I really like the honesty in this poem. You are a great writer! I also really like the last line, it is so true.

on Apr. 10 2010 at 10:34 am
timevampire GOLD, Bellville, Ohio
14 articles 0 photos 163 comments

Favorite Quote:
Quoting yourself makes you an ass.

I don't really agree with all of it, but I love the way it was writen.

on Apr. 9 2010 at 8:29 pm
BleedingRose PLATINUM, Frederic, Wisconsin
33 articles 1 photo 378 comments

Favorite Quote:
*The darkness holds infinite possibilities.




on Apr. 9 2010 at 8:24 pm
BleedingRose PLATINUM, Frederic, Wisconsin
33 articles 1 photo 378 comments

Favorite Quote:
*The darkness holds infinite possibilities.


Wow, just wow!  I can really feel this poem, definitely in my faves, bitterness and greatness and all.  The last line was powerfull, you made it personal to the reader and yet adressed to all readers.  Amazing, 5 stars!  Thank you for posting.


on Apr. 9 2010 at 7:45 pm
Sweatheart SILVER, BPT, Connecticut
5 articles 0 photos 76 comments

Favorite Quote:
I can do anything

i love the ending of this poem its amazing!!!

on Apr. 9 2010 at 5:21 pm
Emily.Anne BRONZE, Marblehead, Massachusetts
2 articles 0 photos 12 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Dream as if you'll live forever, live as if you'll die today."

this is really interesting. i read to the end! as an american youth, it pains me to know that my country is going down the wrong path. i am proud to be and AMERICAN, but i feel tha what america has become is not the real AMERICA that I love.  

spread the word, somday you may just change America!! (and the world!) Good Luck!