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Welcome to America

April 1, 2010
By icefaerie10111 GOLD, Exeter, Rhode Island
icefaerie10111 GOLD, Exeter, Rhode Island
12 articles 8 photos 25 comments

Welcome to America: A land of opportunity
where a man on Welfare can make more than a public school teacher.
Welcome to America: A land paved in gold
where we are in trillions of dollars of debt.
Welcome to America: "Liberty and Justice for all":
where our pledge does not include minors or homosexuals;
where it is not applied to the oppressed and those in debt.
Welcome to America: A land for the people
where the cooperation is clearly a person as you and me, from a political aspect.
Welcome to America: ...and by the people
where you can buy legislative power from a governor in Illinois.
Welcome to America: A effort against the "Drug War"
where we can't even keep our police officers clean.
Welcome to America: Where people and legislature see eye to eye;
where a democracy and a republic clash heads.
Welcome to America: Separation of Church and State
where we have only had two non-Protestant Presidents.
Welcome to America: A land of freedom
where women no rights until 1848, and could not vote until 1920;
where African-Americans were isolated from society until the 1960s;
where American Citizens of the same nation had to kill each other to abolish slavery.
Welcome to America: A Nation of peace
where we are always at war.
Welcome to America: A Nation united
where states are divided.
Welcome to America: A Nation of tolerance
where "the people" see Islam in the government as more of a problem than economic reform.
Welcome to America: A Democracy
where we win votes by scandals and controversy, not political action or issues.
Welcome to America: Does the system work for you?
where fitting into the system is more important than improving it.
Welcome to America: Where several police officers were killed in a cafe a couple of weeks ago;
where no one noticed because they were too preoccupied with the fact that Tiger Woods cheated on his wife.
Welcome to America: Most politicians one were lawyers;
where it seems being a celebrity gives you power equal to that.

Welcome to America where many people who read this article never got past the second line because they would rather ignore the issues than resolve them.



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on May. 22 2010 at 9:37 am
icefaerie10111 GOLD, Exeter, Rhode Island
12 articles 8 photos 25 comments
But dont you think there is a sense of hypocracy if we strive to give women rights in africa or other things if we cant even keep corruption out of our own political system?

on May. 17 2010 at 6:36 am
swim4ever SILVER, Carol Stream, Illinois
9 articles 0 photos 60 comments

Favorite Quote:
"you can throw in the towel or you can use it to wipe the sweat off your face"
"no one ever drown in their own sweat"

I really like the way this was written.  But, assuming you live in America why dont you go and live in africa where women still don't have rights and they don't have enough food to go around. i agree this country is not perfect but, what is?? So before you bash (again assuming you live in America) your country think of all the good things you have. 

on May. 3 2010 at 8:37 pm
CoffeeShopChick BRONZE, Rawr, New Jersey
1 article 0 photos 9 comments
I read this poem over and over again all the time! i love it soo much, i would love it if you could write some more similar to this. I LOVED it and i hope it gets published.

on Apr. 14 2010 at 4:55 pm
GrishkoPrincess SILVER, Pierz, Minnesota
8 articles 0 photos 26 comments

Favorite Quote:
My love for you is like a metal rose, it will never die.

This is exactly my thinking on america, but no one will listen to me...

on Apr. 14 2010 at 3:17 pm
Acalleq PLATINUM, Togiak, Alaska
22 articles 5 photos 146 comments

Favorite Quote:
you never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have

i agree with this poem. everyone says that America is the best and where dreams come true, but it doesn't really. when ppl hear me say that they think i'm bitter and ignorant and to just shut up. this was very honest and brave of you to write this. don't let other ppl's words get you down. keep it up!

 


NDeflip said...
on Apr. 14 2010 at 12:15 pm
NDeflip, Saugus, Massachusetts
0 articles 0 photos 10 comments

i think the same, it was a good poem

 


Kdominick11 said...
on Apr. 14 2010 at 12:12 pm
Kdominick11, Saugus, Massachusetts
0 articles 0 photos 6 comments
i like the repitition in this poem

lex123412 said...
on Apr. 13 2010 at 9:43 pm
lex123412, Richmond, Massachusetts
0 articles 1 photo 4 comments

Favorite Quote:
if your opinion is good (great) if not? who cares?

great read!!!! and all of it is totally true!

on Apr. 13 2010 at 1:28 pm
raychell.faith GOLD, Somewhere You Left Your Heart, California
12 articles 0 photos 25 comments

Favorite Quote:
"You Risk Tears If You Let Yourself Be Tamed;" The Little Prince

the repetitive structure works well. However, the repetivive words (welcome to america) were rather over-done, especially in a poem of this length. also needed a bit of editing clean-up. however, unique and freshly written. <3.

on Apr. 13 2010 at 11:59 am
princessness_16 SILVER, Dundee, New York
5 articles 0 photos 12 comments
this was pretty good. i think that the repetition works well here to convey the message. Check out some of my work? :) thanks.

on Apr. 13 2010 at 9:21 am

this is a lot!but it's cool

 


on Apr. 12 2010 at 6:33 pm
xxificouldfallxx PLATINUM, Southampton, Pennsylvania
33 articles 4 photos 30 comments
i love the ending

on Apr. 12 2010 at 4:58 pm
margierose GOLD, New York, New York
11 articles 5 photos 24 comments
You have a good point and these issues are important, but you have to remember that though America has it's problems, it's alot better than, say, Saudi Arabia, and you should still be thankful to live there. Although you could be one of the ones to change these problems, which I agree are important 

on Apr. 12 2010 at 7:31 am
APoetAtHeart GOLD, Lyman, Maine
13 articles 0 photos 19 comments

Favorite Quote:
" I am, Who I Am, But WHY I Am,Who I Am, Is What Confuses Me." - By Me

It is good, but not amazing. The awful constant reptetitivity was bothering me, I made it about half way through

on Apr. 11 2010 at 4:51 pm
deardiary BRONZE, Saskatoon, Other
3 articles 0 photos 65 comments

Favorite Quote:
It is a truth universally acknowedged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife. -Pride and Prejudice

Very good points

on Apr. 10 2010 at 9:50 pm
emo_nerd951 BRONZE, Clover, South Carolina
3 articles 5 photos 39 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Always be kind, for everyone is fighting a hard battle." -unknown

you are telling so much truth through this and its sad that some people won't finish reading it. I think more people need to read this. amazing job! Keep writing!!!

on Apr. 10 2010 at 9:36 pm
happybadger BRONZE, Hamilton, Other
1 article 0 photos 1 comment

Favorite Quote:
Bam Bam!!!

Very good work! i think the repitition element really helps to drive your point throughout. Also liked the part at the end making reference to the technique and how only those who care about changing those issues will read that far.

on Apr. 10 2010 at 8:14 pm
talia_is_happy GOLD, Amarillo, Texas
18 articles 0 photos 48 comments

Favorite Quote:
"The people who mind- don't matter, and the people who matter- don't mind."
-Dr. Seuss

That was amazing! I agree with your views, too.

elwriter said...
on Apr. 10 2010 at 7:11 pm
That was really good. I loved it. I mean, it's sad to face it, but it's the truth, and you wrote the truth in a very talented way.

on Apr. 10 2010 at 6:56 pm
MeghanMichelle GOLD, Hooksett, New Hampshire
12 articles 0 photos 77 comments

Great poem.

it is a little reptetive making it kind of annoying to read. I ignored all of the "Welcome to America"s.