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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 202 comments.

on Aug. 9 2019 at 8:41 pm
nate-is-the-name GOLD, Clarksburg, Maryland
16 articles 0 photos 7 comments

Favorite Quote:
Different is beautiful

Love your writing ability, but you are not trying to solve any problems, you’re simply complaining about issues that occur in most countries.

on Feb. 8 2019 at 11:55 am
lydiagerges BRONZE, Franklin, Wisconsin
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This is powerful. It would mean so much to me if you could read my writing on my page and give me feedback?? xoxo

on Sep. 25 2018 at 9:48 am
sara-a-bear GOLD, Brandon, Mississippi
15 articles 0 photos 5 comments

Favorite Quote:
"I can tell by the way you're laughing, you're trouble looking for a place to happen."
- Chris Young

You are going to go somewhere. Keep up the good work!!!

on Sep. 25 2018 at 9:46 am
sara-a-bear GOLD, Brandon, Mississippi
15 articles 0 photos 5 comments

Favorite Quote:
"I can tell by the way you're laughing, you're trouble looking for a place to happen."
- Chris Young

You are going to go somewhere. Keep up the good work!!!

on Nov. 17 2017 at 2:01 am
justarandom BRONZE, Auckland, Other
4 articles 0 photos 10 comments
im not American but this does still relate to my countries politics.

on Aug. 15 2017 at 12:25 am
nealvandemark BRONZE, Pullman, Washington
2 articles 0 photos 1 comment

Favorite Quote:
Satire in the face of pain eliminates part of the pain itself.

amazing, you are revolutionary

on Mar. 1 2015 at 10:03 pm
Hails_Was_Here SILVER, San Antonio, Texas
6 articles 0 photos 15 comments

Favorite Quote:
"I'm dead inside"- Me

you have a gift

on Aug. 29 2014 at 11:26 am
Grace_Sowyrda PLATINUM, Medfield, Massachusetts
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This is very true and i did read the whole thing.

on Jun. 16 2014 at 9:31 pm
Bismah PLATINUM, Karachi, Other
22 articles 1 photo 11 comments
This really got to me and everything you mentioned is absolutelty true. Not only about America in specific but people in general and how we tend to avoid our problems instead of facing them. I love the way you structured it. Great job!

on Jun. 16 2014 at 2:51 pm
Roseate PLATINUM, San Ramon, California
35 articles 0 photos 18 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Life is too short to be anything but happy."

That last line really hit me hard because-- and I'm not even going to lie-- I did skip to the end. This is so original in that it reveals the issues of our nation by contrasting it with everyone's stereotypes and expectations. Crazy profound and fascinating; I'll definitely read it all the way through now!

Dezarae SILVER said...
on May. 20 2014 at 11:53 pm
Dezarae SILVER, Wentzville, Missouri
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I. Love. This. It displays all of feelings in a group of well written stanzas. great job. 

on May. 19 2014 at 4:33 pm
Neon_Gypsy_Blood BRONZE, Idaho Falls, Idaho
3 articles 0 photos 48 comments

Favorite Quote:
Do or do not, there is no try.
~Master Yoda~

This is awesome! Its so true... But it's a raw convicting truth. Especially at the end when you explain people avoiding to face the truth. It places a conviction into one's mind. I enjoy the realness of this.  It's a very good piece. I plan on sharing this with people! Keep it up, you're inspiring people.(:

on May. 14 2014 at 8:59 am
Love2Read72 PLATINUM, Kentfield, California
24 articles 0 photos 106 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Life isn’t about how to survive the storm, it’s about learning to dance in the rain.” — Taylor Swift

Thank you!

on May. 11 2014 at 11:32 pm
Starcatcher001 SILVER, Cypress, Texas
7 articles 0 photos 6 comments

Favorite Quote:
I had a rock garden. Last week, three of them died. -Richard Diran

This is such a powerful and compelling piece; I thank you for sharing it with the world. Your poem presents an opinion that many people including myself share in a fluid and comprehensive manner. Congratulations on your success with this piece! I hope you will keep writing such lovely poetry.

on May. 7 2014 at 9:12 am
bewareofbunnyrabbits SILVER, Winona, Minnesota
8 articles 0 photos 86 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Empty yourself and let the universe fill you." -Yogi Tea

EXACTLY!!!!!! You just said what needs to be said. Thank you for this.

annie123 said...
on May. 1 2014 at 10:55 am
I love how this applies to so many different groups of people

on Apr. 25 2014 at 5:08 pm
Mollybug16 BRONZE, Cleveland, Tennessee
4 articles 0 photos 120 comments

Favorite Quote:
Impossible is not a word, it's just a reason for someone not to try.

This is so true.  Great poem.      

HudaZav SILVER said...
on Apr. 9 2014 at 6:13 pm
HudaZav SILVER, Toronto, Other
8 articles 6 photos 392 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Nothing is impossible; the word itself says 'I'm possible'!" -Audrey Hepburn

I always show the students in my civics class this poem, since it is just so raw and true, and I am so glad someone spoke these words. I especially love the line "A land paved in gold where we are in trillions of dollars in debt". Amazing work and very very well written! 

Tente BRONZE said...
on Apr. 8 2014 at 6:43 pm
Tente BRONZE, Rumford, Rhode Island
1 article 0 photos 1 comment

Favorite Quote:
"All that we have to fear is fear itself."

This poem truly spoke to me! I loved how one line in it was about the sterotype that America has created and the other was the true America!

on Apr. 5 2014 at 9:42 pm
TakeAGuessKatara SILVER, Beltsville, Maryland
8 articles 0 photos 22 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Live for tomorrow, remember today, and smile because you survived yesterday," by Me

This poem was written very nicely and truly showed what America has to offer but, she only highlighted the negative. It only shows what's wrong with the country adn not the amazing things it has done. Nice writing and it did say the truth but not the whole truth