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When the Red, White and Blue Turned Red

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When the Red, White and Blue Turned Red

There are those that say we are past our prime,
And even say America is dead—
There are dark clouds that gather in our time—
It seems the red, white and blue has turned red.

It has crept upon us, oh so slowly—
Seems we lose another freedom each day—
But we take it, and all that’s unholy—
Losing beliefs and culture along the way.

Like that big lobster boiled in cold water,
They turn the heat up slowly till we’re done—
They say the constitution is fodder,
And we don’t need all our rights or a gun.

They tell us it’s change we can believe in,
And that we should all be so full of hope—
That we’re all socialists now my good friend,
And if you don’t believe, you’re just a dope.

Some blame America for bad things past—
And say that down the wrong path we’ve been lead—
But we need to stand for the things that last—
Before the red, white and blue has turned red.

They’re giving money out by the train load—
Promise jobs and chickens in every pot—
Just as long as we smile; do what we’re told—
While like fish, down from the head we all rot. 

In names of fairness they’re going to stop
True talk on radio and internet—
And to progressive views we all will flock—
Liberal lobotomies without regret.

So hail our ruler and the welfare state—
We have no need of that old bill of rights—
Yes, hail the new USSA – it’s great!
We’re all good Commies now without a fight!

Oh, say can you recall when we were free,
And the red, white and blue was not all red?
Can you remember how things used to be,
Back when before America was dead?    

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  1. Date: 2/22/2009 11:12:00 AM
    Right and write with you Glen. I've been watching and letting too long. It may however be too late. We've been sold out

  1. Date: 2/22/2009 7:54:00 AM
    Respectfully and sadly, Ruben, you and many others miss the point. It's not a question of living in the past and/or hating others different from you. It is a question of government repression in a free society. I fear America is where Germany was right before the Nazis gained power. Every day the government gains more power and the people have less power and freedom. It goes back to the old story of "they came for my neighbor and I did nothing..." This is my way of doing something.

  1. Date: 2/21/2009 2:11:00 PM
    The poem is well written. However, and sadly, it looks as if was written seventy years ago, when the elite that govern our country decided what people should think, do, or believe. Free? With segregation and homophobia? With Viet-nam and Irak. I don't think so. Red is passion, love, fire, blood, energy, even Christmas or Valentine's day. Or am I color-blind? Take some time and relax. America is multicolored. Ruben.