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A Lament for America

How long must the hostility and bitterness continue
The clear majority has made its preference known,
The higher courts of the land have verified what is true.

How much evil and vindictiveness are together sown
Like springtime plantings of wheat and chaff --
Hateful attitudes no one should glibly want to own.

There seems no meeting ground with the other half
No time or place for formulating a working compromise
Relishing every unintentional slip-of-the-tongue gaffe.

A feeling something right and good in America will die
That never again shall we experience the noble calling
To truth, giving praise and adulation to those who lie.

Are we watching the great republic that is America falling?
Our future demands we respond to truth’s higher calling.