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Creating Their Own

My eyes have seen the light through the murder of my friends
And sadly this is where my respect for this country ends
The home of the brave and the land of the free
To keep us safe and protected is something that I fail to see
They send young people to fight wars even if against their will
Bring them back home dismembered and many now mentally ill
They say they it will give a head start to your son or your daughter
When in all actuality they're being sent off like pigs to the slaughter
The ones that survive come home but they're bent and they're broken
And just how dangerous they can be is something of which never is spoken
But they teach them to kill and give them the right to bear arms
Without second thought to the innocent people it harms
But some of us lose friends due to this sick political game
And if I asked politicians about my friend not one could tell me his name
My heart goes out to Mackenzie's family who lost a son and a father so early  in life
And to the others involved even the murders  wife
I'm sure the man she sent off that came home a VET
Is not the same man she originally met
This is just one example of this country's sad state of affairs
But as nothing changes it seems nobody cares
They have us looking for terrorists on every flight that is flown                                                         
Which seems kind of pointless when they're creating their own
My feelings about this are something of which I don't have to think twice
The Dixie chicks said it best " I'm not ready to make nice"
I know  it seems easy to place the blame on who pulled the trigger
But the picture at hand is much much bigger
As Americans we are taught to stand tall and be proud
But I find that hard to do when these things are allowed


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