America is a Great Nation
Sometimes called the greatest
I think that may be undeserved
But, faults and follies all the same
Is special to me
Maybe its just because I live here
and I have always lived here
but I think there is something special about this place
We have Freedom!
Somehow we find ourselves blessed to live in a place
Where we have enshrined such a noble ideal
Free not just in person, and in government
But free in mind, the most precious of all
We are all given a gift to determine some small part
of this great experiment
and that is pretty awesome
But the freedom we so love
as is so often intoned
Isn’t. Fucking. Free.
It’s a responsibility
It’s something we have to watch and nurture
and protect and even more
protect in others
because if all men are not free
then there is NO freedom!
And it is because I love my country so
that i get so angered, incensed, enraged
When people throw their freedom away
When out of greed and ignorance
Forget their responsibilities as free men
And oppress the freedoms of others
raising themselves up over their fellow citizen
they say freedom is when I can be more free
they say let each find what freedom they may, this is my own
and bit by bit, they steal our nations vital essence from us
and by stealing it destroy it
so that no one can be free
When a no talent billionaire bigot gets on stage
and tells us to hate, and to fear
and citizens throw away their precious freedom
to support a mad, racist, fascist Disneyland
when the masses cry out
make me powerful!
punish my enemies!
Ill trade my freedom for safety! for prosperity!
Ill give all my freedom for a lie that makes me feel good!
When hateful messages pour into every home
When death is everywhere, and war is never ending
When the machine just burns forever on, consuming without conscience
consuming without meaning
consuming without thinking
Where is Freedom?
I get so mad because the secret to our great nation’s success
Is. so. fucking. simple!
What makes America great is that we help each other!
A nation of pioneers, we always say
but we forget pioneers rely on each other most of all
In the wilderness, your neighbors are your only allies against cruel fate
And from this we learned how to be great
we learned to cooperate, to build, to believe together
To pool our freedom, to invest it in something greater then ourselves
We discovered an interesting property of freedom,
that when we use our freedom to help others,
when we give it away so that it can be more than just ours
and multiplies, and multiplies, and creates wonders we are still just discovering
And from this was born this wonderful nation
So why have we turned away from this great heritage?
Because we have become complacent
resting on our laurels, fat, indolent
small and petty emperors always looking for the next fool
We indulge in all manner of vices, we turn inward
We say, how can I be happy today
We say, how can I get what I want
A child like attitude developed, cultivated
through constant commercials and propaganda
We give our freedom to the rich to make us happy
We give our freedom to the power hungry to think for us
We give our freedom to our jobs to keep us from being scared
And by a million small cuts our country dies
We didn’t build this great nation by focusing on ourselves!
But by focusing on building a great nation
The. Greatest! Nation.
and America can be that again
if even it ever was
but only if we help each other, because remember
helping is what made America great.
So, when refugees come to our shores in desperate need.
When the poor cannot eat, cannot house themselves, cannot find medicine.
When people suffer from addiction. When people make mistakes. When people are people.
When people disagree with you to the point you just want to beat the stupid out of them
Help Them. (Not by beating them)
We have to be a nation of helping
Helping always, helping everyone
Even when it might hurt us, even when we are scared,
even when we don’t know if its the right thing to do
We have to understand again that so that we can all be equal in this country
We all have to accept have an equal responsibility to help one another
rather than raise ourselves up
we should pride ourselves on raising up others
raising up our family
raising up our community
raising up freedom until it rings from every corner
of this goddammed great country
so that we can be free
we must make all men free
and we must work like slaves to do it!
My fondest wish is that we will all get to work.