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America Is Leaning

Our preamble begins with We the People.
Three words that still enthrall
as does the ending of our Pledge of Allegiance
with liberty and justice for all.

The founders of our country
placed enormous importance on the idea of liberty
and an equal amount of importance
on the need for equality.

These were the two pillars that created our country
held up for all the world to see:
That everyone in America is equal…
That everyone is free.

But as I look around our country
I'm saddened by what I see.
More people are talking about freedom
and less about equality

They want to be free to intimidate, free to victimize,
Free to bully…to discriminate
Free to lie, deceive and cheat…
Free to scorn and curse and hate.

Free to put themselves above We the People
'Til it seems their point of view
is one of liberty for them
and justice for a few.

With our pillars crumbling America is leaning
and unless there is liberty and justice for all…
unless we give as much weight to equality as to freedom
I'm afraid she's going to fall.

by Jim Yerman

Comments (1)

All our guiding principles are words of wisdom. But human wisdom fails when wickedness prevails. Very nice reflective poem.