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Children of Entitlement

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Children of Entitlement


They won't let us have
the same things ...
things that once was given to them
They say we deserve it not,
because we're of the rejected seed ---
those who drew the accursed lot
They know who they be,
them who speak ever so conservatively
Within their hearts they believe
the children of slaves ain't entitled to anything
Oh woe, woe to them
How hollow their words of hypocrisy ring
Conservative thought dominates,
primarily in the western United States
They espouse less federal government intervention,
to stop giving out those free government handouts
To them, entitlements are a costly waste ...
keeping the nation in perpetual debt
But oh how so easily
their own history they selectively forget
Here is a reminder of the past,
annotated as a historical fact
All those millions of white folk who got the cheap land
under the 1862 Homestead Act
Federal land sold so cheap,
it was practically given away free
Thus it was called: the Free Soil policy
Homestead legislation was introduced to Congress
twelve years prior in 1850
It politicked under a righteous veneer
of stopping the spread of slavery
into any territory west of the Mississippi
Those newly formed western states
ate a-plenty from the federal welfare plate
Four generations ago,
the ancestors of conservatives didn't mind
the federal government helping them out more
They didn't mind some federal intervention then
They didn't mind the government giving them
some land that still belonged to the Indians
And through the subsequent years,
the federal government built up their land with public investment ...
taxpayer money that is
Back then, there wasn't no cry of regret
about the country falling deeper in debt
The federal government built the houses, roads,
irrigation channels and huge dams to vitalize the land
Wasn't nothing wrong with being entitled to that
They wanted the federal purse opened wide
when they had their hand holding out the hat
More federal government was good back then,
getting free help from the government was considered a godsend
Over a hundred years of federal government entitlement,
you can eat a lot of free lunches with that welfare homestead plan
The great grands of conservatives
got the free house and the dirt cheap land
Seems to me, they did most of the begging
But listen nowadays to the conservatives say:
less federal government should be the prevailing doctrine
Oh how those children of entitlement
don't acknowledge how good to them federal welfare has been
The homestead children of hypocrisy say
that children of slaves ain't entitled to such
The conservative children of entitlement say
that we've already been given too much

Copyright © | Year Posted 2017

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Date: 7/28/2017 4:42:00 PM
Hello Freddie, Very Well-Done and spot-on for sure!! Yup, the Conservatives are quite famous for telling us all about it. (With Trump in office now, we'll actually be "regressing" and not "progressing." A great and most thoughtful write my good friend. A FAVE TOO!! Cheers and Best, Gary
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Date: 4/4/2017 3:22:00 AM
Woe to them is right, RW! A very poignant and powerful write, my friend! Well said, mate!
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Date: 4/3/2017 8:22:00 PM
Preach!!! On point with this pen!
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Date: 4/3/2017 7:24:00 PM
Hi Freddie, Once again you "WoW " me with your pen. Because you write boldly with a message of truth. And I applaud you for doing so. I agree with Andrea, people may abuse the system but I say help those"in" need . They don't talk much of the government assistance that "they" got so long ago. Excellent write. A without a doubt seven: -) Alexis
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Date: 4/3/2017 3:15:00 PM
I APPLAUD you for this. Yes, some people are cheating on welfare but we should have means to assess this! So many innocent people, particularly children are suffering so much in this "great land" of ours. I wish people could see it. i wish voters could realize the party of the rich does nothing for THEM!
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Date: 4/3/2017 12:43:00 PM
Wow, Freddie, well penned interesting tale. Thank you for this xomo!
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Date: 4/3/2017 1:04:00 PM
Ty, Maureen. Just telling it like it t ... i ... is. Love your comments, dear. Much love to you.