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Oh say, did you notice
a national predative anthem?
Moving immediately
urgently,
without reflection of starlight 
sent or received,

From waving flags predicting elite weapons
fueled by complexly masculine 
emasculating
militarized corporate industries
of mutual defensive risks
against international cooperative opportunities
to coinvest

In smoke-filled dawns of manifest destiny
toward freedom for all
self-righteous straight white males
especially with a divine right
as Earth's owners of enslaved 
exploited property,
and home to the brave mercenaries
of death 
and dying
and divestment technologies.

This anthem
is based on a patriarchal
powerful
psychological
and spiritual
and natural
and ecological
theological error.

Nowhere in our personal experience
nor our economic or political history
have we fought for freedom.

We do fight against oppression
but we flee,
apart or together, toward freedom.

Emigration is about exodus
toward hope and freedom.

Declaring wars,
expressing
and investing
our collective fears and angers,
These are about lands taken from reserved,
and feminized
and marginalized
and enslaved laborers,
forced immigrants into non-elite oppressions
of nationalism
patriarchalism
elite v non-elite dualism,
divides,
absence of win/win communication,
xenophobia
monoculturing suppressions
repressions

Where polypathic left with right win/win prominence
longs for polycultural confluence
rather than cognitive/affective dissonance,
flag waving
predicting nationalistic predative anthems
sung empty-heartedly and robotically
with elitist left-brain opulence.

If we sing it loud enough
long enough
we must be patriotically true,

But, to whom?

Copyright © Gerald Dillenbeck

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