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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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on Apr. 15 2013 at 12:10 pm
saracouturier SILVER, Sault Ste Marie, Other
5 articles 0 photos 14 comments
I really like your poem! I am new on this site and would really appreciate it if you could look at some of my work! Thanks if you do!

on Mar. 17 2013 at 1:41 am
TheSkyOwesMeRain GOLD, Irvine, California
13 articles 1 photo 299 comments

Favorite Quote:
Life isn't measured by the number of breaths you take, but by the moments which take your breath away.

You are only as strong as your weakest link.

So true! I love it!

on Mar. 9 2013 at 3:28 pm
freeperson DIAMOND, Burlington, Vermont
59 articles 0 photos 229 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Have you seen the way he looks at you, the way his expression softens and his eyes are like stars...?" - Ara Weston

wow this is so true!!! and i got past the second line

on Mar. 9 2013 at 11:15 am
MateoMansillaMoya GOLD, Reynosa, Other
18 articles 11 photos 28 comments

Favorite Quote:
Minds are like parachutes. They only function when they are open.

That is quite right!

on Jan. 8 2013 at 1:57 pm
ZephyrPunk PLATINUM, Richmond, Ohio
27 articles 10 photos 8 comments

Favorite Quote:
"The color yellow does not belong in this universe." - me
"Neninem pecunia divitem fecit " - Seneca

Nice, so tue

SnowSparks said...
on Nov. 29 2012 at 7:07 pm
Hi , I wanted to use your poem for my debate class in an oral interpretation (acting this out) . One of the required things is to give credit to the author but your name isn't posted. Can you email me or respond with your full name ? I won't use it for any other purpose than for school .

AvaJay GOLD said...
on Nov. 3 2012 at 11:18 am
AvaJay GOLD, Spokane, Washington
13 articles 4 photos 184 comments

Favorite Quote:
Let me not pray to be sheltered from dangers, but to be fearless in facing them. Let me not pray for the stilling of my pain, but for the heart to conquer it.
~ Tagore

Okay great! Thanks so much!

on Nov. 2 2012 at 6:23 pm
icefaerie10111 GOLD, Exeter, Rhode Island
12 articles 8 photos 25 comments
Of course, go right ahead ^^

on Oct. 31 2012 at 8:41 am
AngelHeart654 SILVER, Grand Island, Nebraska
8 articles 0 photos 11 comments

Favorite Quote:
"The perfect person is the last one in the tree"

Wow So true

AvaJay GOLD said...
on Oct. 28 2012 at 5:15 pm
AvaJay GOLD, Spokane, Washington
13 articles 4 photos 184 comments

Favorite Quote:
Let me not pray to be sheltered from dangers, but to be fearless in facing them. Let me not pray for the stilling of my pain, but for the heart to conquer it.
~ Tagore

This is amazing and it's true. Do you mind if I use it (positively) in a English report I'm doing???

on Oct. 11 2012 at 7:47 am
Marianasandrsx3, Pittsfield, Massachusetts
0 articles 0 photos 1 comment
I agree with the poem, because the author is telling us what is really happening in America. It's also making me realize of what country we are living in.

Xinhui BRONZE said...
on Oct. 11 2012 at 7:41 am
Xinhui BRONZE, PITTSFIELD, Massachusetts
2 articles 0 photos 2 comments
Welcome to America: A land of opportunity Where most immigrants can only work in certain jobs

Xinhui BRONZE said...
on Oct. 11 2012 at 7:41 am
Xinhui BRONZE, PITTSFIELD, Massachusetts
2 articles 0 photos 2 comments
Welcome to America: A land of opportunity Where most immigrants can only work in certain jobs

on Oct. 5 2012 at 2:40 pm
Stella_Val_Illicia GOLD, Salt Lake City, Utah
13 articles 0 photos 247 comments

Favorite Quote:
"In the beginning, the universe was created. This has made a lot of people angry and been widely regarded as a bad idea."
--Douglas Adams

This is so depressing and yet so incredibly true! I love it!

on Oct. 5 2012 at 2:40 pm
Stella_Val_Illicia GOLD, Salt Lake City, Utah
13 articles 0 photos 247 comments

Favorite Quote:
"In the beginning, the universe was created. This has made a lot of people angry and been widely regarded as a bad idea."
--Douglas Adams

This is so depressing and yet so incredibly true! I love it!

on Oct. 5 2012 at 12:12 pm
Imperfectlife SILVER, Rochester, New York
7 articles 0 photos 74 comments
I love this poem, and it's so true. I couldn't stop reading, I kept going till the last line, and I want more!

tnf88 said...
on Sep. 13 2012 at 7:21 pm
Wow i loved your stucture, but if you dislike our country so much than go try living in a country where your killed for your religion or your dying of starvation, I'm just a kid and i don't know much about that stuff but I do know we have it better than other people. I respect your opinion 100%. Just think you live in a country where you can express youreslf freely as you just have. Keep writing!!!

on Sep. 13 2012 at 1:22 pm
LittleFlutiePie GOLD, Greeneville, Tennessee
10 articles 0 photos 25 comments

Favorite Quote:
I didn't build the wall to keep people out; I built it to see who cared enough to climb over it.

Absolutely amazing! I was about to log off for the day, saw the title, and started reading. You captured me from the first line. I love this! Many people do think America is the greatest country in the world; in some ways, it is. But even we have our faults--I try to preach this to the extremely country-proud rednecks at my school who don't listen to reason most of the time--and it seems like no one but the people ignored (minors) and prejudiced want to actually change anything.

on Sep. 13 2012 at 11:28 am
MarieAntoinette2014 DIAMOND, Scottsburg, Indiana
54 articles 2 photos 237 comments

Favorite Quote:
Isn't it ironic? We ignore the ones who adore us, adore the ones who ignore us, love the ones who hurt us, and hurt the ones that love us.

Omg, you deserve a freaking medal. Thank god there are people like you out there, who have the guts to say this! I agree with you a hundred percent.

on Sep. 7 2012 at 9:54 pm
Emin3mAC SILVER, Nogalas, Arizona
7 articles 0 photos 17 comments
The BEST poem I've seen on here! Write another!