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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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PamplemousseThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. said...
Feb. 24, 2012 at 8:23 pm:
I know this country is not perfect, and you do have a point on most of the things you said. But saying that corruption exists here makes it seem like they only exist in America. There will always be corruption because of human nature and greed. Corruption doesn't exist because this is america, it exists because there are humans here. Be greatful for the things you have.
 
LiteraryMastermind replied...
Jun. 9, 2012 at 8:58 am :
Agreed.                
 
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spagooter This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Feb. 20, 2012 at 7:57 am:
nicely said
 
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Kayley S. said...
Jul. 10, 2011 at 9:36 am:
love it. ::
 
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swim4ever said...
May 17, 2010 at 6:36 am:
I really like the way this was written.  But, assuming you live in America why dont you go and live in africa where women still don't have rights and they don't have enough food to go around. i agree this country is not perfect but, what is?? So before you bash (again assuming you live in America) your country think of all the good things you have. 
 
icefaerie10111 replied...
May 22, 2010 at 9:37 am :
But dont you think there is a sense of hypocracy if we strive to give women rights in africa or other things if we cant even keep corruption out of our own political system?
 
BleedingRose replied...
Jul. 2, 2010 at 9:50 pm :
swim4ever, I have to agree with icefaerie10111 on this matter.  I don't think this poem was written with its meaning purely to "bash" America.   Yes, everywhere has problems, I believe icefaerie wrote this to simply point out and possibly inspire to improve America's issues.  Personally, this poem really really inspired me and I'm thankful icefaerie wrote and put this on the website. 
 
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Shecklergrl13 said...
May 3, 2010 at 8:37 pm:
I read this poem over and over again all the time! i love it soo much, i would love it if you could write some more similar to this. I LOVED it and i hope it gets published.
 
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GrishkoPrincess said...
Apr. 14, 2010 at 4:55 pm:
This is exactly my thinking on america, but no one will listen to me...
 
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roseann This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Apr. 14, 2010 at 3:17 pm:

i agree with this poem. everyone says that America is the best and where dreams come true, but it doesn't really. when ppl hear me say that they think i'm bitter and ignorant and to just shut up. this was very honest and brave of you to write this. don't let other ppl's words get you down. keep it up!

 

 
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Kdominick11 said...
Apr. 14, 2010 at 12:12 pm:
i like the repitition in this poem
 
NDeflip replied...
Apr. 14, 2010 at 12:15 pm :

i think the same, it was a good poem

 

 
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lex123412 said...
Apr. 13, 2010 at 9:43 pm:
great read!!!! and all of it is totally true!
 
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raychell.faith said...
Apr. 13, 2010 at 1:28 pm:
the repetitive structure works well. However, the repetivive words (welcome to america) were rather over-done, especially in a poem of this length. also needed a bit of editing clean-up. however, unique and freshly written. <3.
 
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princessness_16 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Apr. 13, 2010 at 11:59 am:
this was pretty good. i think that the repetition works well here to convey the message. Check out some of my work? :) thanks.
 
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ghanashyam man said...
Apr. 13, 2010 at 9:21 am:

this is a lot!but it's cool

 

 
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xxificouldfallxx said...
Apr. 12, 2010 at 6:33 pm:
i love the ending
 
tornado replied...
Feb. 29, 2012 at 3:47 pm :
ya :) me too.
 
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margierose This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Apr. 12, 2010 at 4:58 pm:
You have a good point and these issues are important, but you have to remember that though America has it's problems, it's alot better than, say, Saudi Arabia, and you should still be thankful to live there. Although you could be one of the ones to change these problems, which I agree are important 
 
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APoetAtHeart said...
Apr. 12, 2010 at 7:31 am:
It is good, but not amazing. The awful constant reptetitivity was bothering me, I made it about half way through
 
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deardiary said...
Apr. 11, 2010 at 4:51 pm:
Very good points
 
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