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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 Jun. 28 2012 at 9:20 am
icefaerie10111 GOLD, Exeter, Rhode Island
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I understand your views on war and peace. However, I believe wars such as World War II were justified, but Iraq is not. 
Our national agenda should not put the lives of millions at risk unless their is a good reason to do so.

on Jun. 28 2012 at 9:18 am
icefaerie10111 GOLD, Exeter, Rhode Island
12 articles 8 photos 25 comments
Thank you so much :). However, I agree with you that I'm happy I can post this. However, many people here believe the purpose of this poem is for me to argue that Ameriuca sucks and the rest of the world is totally awesome. Such is not the case. I just believe we have many issues we need to sort out before we can fully consider ourselves the "model of western democracy".

on Jun. 28 2012 at 9:16 am
icefaerie10111 GOLD, Exeter, Rhode Island
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I say "God Bless the Word."
We all need His belessing (however, please note, I am not overly religious).
Just because you're American doesn't mean you are entitled

on Jun. 28 2012 at 9:14 am
icefaerie10111 GOLD, Exeter, Rhode Island
12 articles 8 photos 25 comments
I actually agree with you on the refinement. It's one of my older poems and I cringe at the structure, three years later.

on Jun. 28 2012 at 9:13 am
icefaerie10111 GOLD, Exeter, Rhode Island
12 articles 8 photos 25 comments
Okay, so the purpose of this poem was not to compare America with other countries. Like, AT ALL. It was simply to say we should not be "the standard" when we are so hypocritical and flawed. I agree we have abetter government than many places in the world... just, we should put a little more effort into perfecting ourselves so we can be proud to be that standard of western democracy.

on Jun. 28 2012 at 9:11 am
icefaerie10111 GOLD, Exeter, Rhode Island
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I'm Catholic and I find you offensive. 
NEXT COMMENT, PLEASE.

on Jun. 28 2012 at 9:09 am
icefaerie10111 GOLD, Exeter, Rhode Island
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orry, I don't argue with ignorant individuals.

on Jun. 28 2012 at 9:08 am
icefaerie10111 GOLD, Exeter, Rhode Island
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... that last comment you have sounds rediculous. I just mean some people would just roll their eyes at some "hippy" who takes issue with our modern world..

on Jun. 28 2012 at 9:06 am
icefaerie10111 GOLD, Exeter, Rhode Island
12 articles 8 photos 25 comments
Being uplifting was not the purpose of this poem, at all. It's one of my old poems, I'lll admit I'm not a huge fan of the style I used. However, you can't fix problems until you recognize them and bring them out to the open. 

on Jun. 27 2012 at 1:43 pm
asdfasdf asdfasdf BRONZE, Adsfsadfasd, Illinois
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I was just reading Farenheit 451, which is an illusion of future America in a negative way. Your answer is definitely another view of how negative America has become. I applaud you for speaking the truth. I think this essay definitly portrays the negatives of America.

The positive, you should see, is that America is ok with you posting this.


isrules said...
on Jun. 27 2012 at 1:01 pm
isrules, Coxsackie, New York
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Favorite Quote:
live with your friends
laugh with your friends
love with your friends
Cry with your friends
Lie with your friends
Me and My friends

this.is.amazing

on Jun. 27 2012 at 12:19 pm
nelehjr DIAMOND, Lingle, Wyoming
60 articles 11 photos 379 comments

Favorite Quote:
Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass, it's about learning to dance in the rain.

Thank you for having the guts to finally speak the trueth.

on Jun. 26 2012 at 1:49 pm
redhairCat PLATINUM, Pebble Beach, California
47 articles 20 photos 411 comments

Favorite Quote:
"I can do anything!"

Sooo good! I really loved it. The sarcasm is great! Would you mind checking out one of my poems - Homework in High School? Thanks!

on Jun. 23 2012 at 7:55 pm
writer3499 GOLD, New Bedford, Massachusetts
11 articles 0 photos 196 comments

Favorite Quote:
"it's impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might has well not have lived at all-in which case you fail by default."
-J.K.Rowling

wow...its kinda scary how true that was! Amazing!

Nannna BRONZE said...
on Jun. 21 2012 at 6:25 pm
Nannna BRONZE, Grand Rapids, Michigan
2 articles 0 photos 1 comment

Favorite Quote:
What doesn't kill you makes you stronger

That was all so true. I wanted to make a poem about this myself, but your words couldn't have been put any better.

purpleink GOLD said...
on Jun. 21 2012 at 12:19 pm
purpleink GOLD, Pendleton, Oregon
17 articles 0 photos 32 comments

Favorite Quote:
The early bird gets the worm but the second rat gets the cheese.

There is more to life besides increasing its speed.

makes one think--breathtaking!

on Jun. 20 2012 at 11:16 pm
Bookwizard PLATINUM, Watertown, New York
38 articles 0 photos 53 comments

Favorite Quote:
If you love something, let it go. If it comes back it was always yours, if it doesn't it never was.

Deep bro. True also. I love it!!

necci SILVER said...
on Jun. 19 2012 at 9:47 pm
necci SILVER, Denver, Colorado
8 articles 0 photos 45 comments

Favorite Quote:
-Women are many things to humans, but the one thing they are not is dominated by men.
-If a single act of hate can do so much damage, what can a single act of kindness do?

true

 


Jessie Dixon said...
on Jun. 18 2012 at 12:23 pm
Jessie Dixon, Crawfordsville, Indiana
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I fell in love with this poem on the first line. It's a fantastic, eye opening piece. Love, love, love it!

on Jun. 17 2012 at 9:05 pm
Caleb.Andrews, London, Other
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Favorite Quote:
Multi vad, putini pricep.

Excellent poem! There are some flaws in logic (e.g. "A Nation of peace where we are always at war" is a non-sequitur; just because a nation is constantly at war does not at all mean that that nation is not a peaceful nation; in fact, virtually every military specialist {both personnel and scientist} would contend that, in many cases, war is needed to protect the future possibility of peace), but most of the points presented are very true. Not many people have this gift with words.