My country 'tis of thee

July 04, 2010 by barbara

barbara writes

With apologies to Katherine Lee Bates, whose lyrics I intended to post. But something came over me, and I revised them. How's that for arrogant?! Also, no small amount cynical. Chalk it up to Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann, Mitch McConnell, John Boehner et al. Make no mistake. I believe with my whole heart that as flawed as our country is (and it is deeply flawed), it's the best of the best.

Enough with disclaimers.

O beautiful for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain!

America! America!
Exquisite land and vast.
But as our need morphs into greed,
The beauty cannot last.

O beautiful for open arms
Embracing others who
Seek safety in America
Where walls used to be few.

America! America!
I love you with whole heart.
Let not teabags and racist tags
Destroy your glorious start!

O beautiful for heroes who
Gave up their lives to war.
Who sacrificed believing that
It meant there’d be no more.

America! America!
We need more than one day
For taking pause for you, because
There're lifetimes to repay.

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Dave G. (not verified) | July 4, 2010 - 6:42pm

Re: My Country 'tis of Thee — Cogent lines, Barb. You caught the feelings of many.

Re: Three DFL Candidates — Very different backgrounds. My cynicism about politicians has grown but know that it's the best system in the world. When voting, we 'pays our money and takes our chances'.

Re: Slick Idea — I was declared 'not authorized' to view subsequent page. WTF?

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