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The Golden Standard Part 2

Our currency, notes and change both, say In God We Trust. So why does our public schools teach evolution and forbid kids to fold their hands in prayer? Why do we so blindly defend something as insignificant as territory, a piece of land on the map? It seems to me we're so concerned about offending other religions and other people's beliefs that we forget to have our own. It seems to me we're just so accepting of everything, and yet somehow, we don't even accept ourselves or show any real genuine trust for those 535 people in Congress.

People stand up and say "I will fight for my country!". And everyone will say it's such a noble thing to do. But what about the people that say "I will fight for my wife and children. I will try my best to make sure they live good long lives, and not under what YOU wish me to believe, but what I know in my heart is right." Why don't those people ever get broadcasted on National News? How come the First Lady's fashion sense or Clinton's sex scandal take precedence over that?

My purpose in writing this is not too blame all of the worlds problems on America. God knows that's not true. My purpose is to let you know that America isn't the epitome of good will and freedom, as it's claimed to be, for no such country exists. You shouldn't look for the golden standard in countries, but instead seek out the golden standard in people that MAKE up the country. My message is simple and straight forward: look deep inside yourself and really ask yourself "What do you believe in? And who do you stand for?". Turn on that dusty switch inside your head, and take control of your own thoughts, your own actions. And maybe then America will become what it once was.

NOTE: I understand that most people probably don't expect to read a lot of political stuff,  when they get on Poetry Soup. But in my humble opinion, poetry or not, I still wish to express myself openly here. And I hope that's okay with you guys...

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  1. Date: 5/16/2013 10:18:00 AM
    You had me hooked from Part 1. I understand what you're saying completely. We have very similar thoughts, and I admire that you can write them down honestly. All I can say is yes, there is a LOT in this world hypocrisy and lies. It's just best sometimes to hope for a better future. I believe one day there will. I always disliked politics and tried to ignore it, but it's kinda hard when its staring you in the face. I sincerely respected and agreed with your statement. *Your fan, always*

    Hicks Avatar Timothy Hicks
    Date: 5/16/2013 12:22:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you for clicking with me today, Caleah. Too be honest I was letting off some steam with this write... when I get the inspiration I want to go back to this piece and edit some things. For the most part this piece is still very much how I feel... but I wish to iron out and polish other things that weren't expressed correctly.
  1. Date: 4/27/2013 7:04:00 AM
    Maybe the next poem can be about all the things you love about your country. The Flawed and The Beautiful.

    Hicks Avatar Timothy Hicks
    Date: 4/27/2013 1:36:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Perhaps someday that will be so...
  1. Date: 4/27/2013 12:20:00 AM
    Even when the government fails to act USA citizens send help in the form of aid to many countries around the world. When America has tragedies it seem a cause for celebration in many parts of the world. I know that The USA has many things to answer for but I feel at its core it is an honorable nation that has much to be proud of.

    Hicks Avatar Timothy Hicks
    Date: 4/27/2013 1:48:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I respect your opinion, Rick. I don't believe that America is all bad... I just find (to me anyways) that America carries itself as being the best there is. If one person says anything bad about it, you get called unpatriotic and disrespectful. I'm not sure I'm making myself absolutely clear... perhaps it's best I hold back on political writings, for now.
  1. Date: 4/26/2013 10:15:00 PM
    Timothy, it took a great deal of courage to write what you have. I admire you for that. In the end, each country will do what is best to serve its own interests. Richard mentioned American coming to the rescue of countries overseas...well, the countries that have some sort of inherent benefit in, oil, yes. Other countries...that serve no purpose, don't get time of day....look at what is happening in Syria...All the bloodshed. Nothing....Lebanon, years of civil war...nothing..

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 4/27/2013 7:08:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    There can be no perfect country without perfect people so I guess we will not witness such a place in this lifetime.
    Hicks Avatar Timothy Hicks
    Date: 4/27/2013 1:43:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I love that you always say what you really feel Eileen. This subject is way too wide to put in just a couple of pages... and even then there will always be controversy, and several unsolved issues. I may not be 100% accurate in what I'm writing... but I was letting go of a lot of suppressed feelings, that was being bottled up way too much.
    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 4/26/2013 10:21:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry time in California is very special to me. I have relatives in Texas and California. I love the States and the principles for which it stands....still, no country is perfect. American is no exception.
    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 4/26/2013 10:18:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I'm just saying that every country...EVERY country will do what serves its purposes best. Sometimes we are too idealistic. Again, I reiterate...democracy is beautiful, not every country is ready for it. As Nathanial Hale so aptly said..."I regret that I have but one life to give for my country." Patriotism is wonderful...and everyone must be patriotic, but not blind. Again, I do applaud you. I hope we both don't get burned at the stake! Hugs!
  1. Date: 4/26/2013 6:58:00 PM
    I am not an American yet I hold your country in high esteem. As much as people complain about the people in power by in large they go into office with good intentions and become warped by a system that is designed in such a way that it is impossible to carry out its task. Despite that in times of crisis the USA mobilizes to come to the rescue of people at home and abroad. I do not think the issues are as cut and dried as you have written. Continued...

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 4/27/2013 7:00:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Yes it does. I feel it is better to deal with each topic separately as you would with an individual. Then it doesn't feel like a friend is being attacked, it is then just the issue. Someone once told me not to complain about something unless I had a solution. If I had a solution I should be doing something to change the problem rather than talk about it. I think that is good advice.
    Hicks Avatar Timothy Hicks
    Date: 4/27/2013 1:38:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Perhaps I'm a bit too naive to explain myself as coherently as I wished. Perhaps I don't know enough about politics to really have much of a say... but when I wrote this I was letting out some frustration... my main purpose was to say it's not about the people as a whole as much as it about the individual. Does that make sense?
    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 4/26/2013 7:00:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Some people will be justified in being upset by your words and based on their experiences will be justified. My humble opinion is that you only know what you know and you have painted this painting with to broad of a brush.
  1. Date: 4/26/2013 5:33:00 PM
    Tim, a country is not land, grass the sky above, a country is the people that exist together in common bond. When a soldier says he will fight for his country, he means its people, to preserve the ones he loves. The US is not perfect, your right tht no country is, but it is worth preserving for us. Take care, Richard

    Hicks Avatar Timothy Hicks
    Date: 4/27/2013 1:35:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I seem to have tapped into a sensitive topic here. I understand that perhaps my points might have been a little simplistic. Maybe there's not enough words to explain what I really feel. My main frustration was the people that take a whole a nation and chock it up to a couple different things... good or bad. I think it's more about the individual than anything... just in my own personal opinion.