Land of the Free: Part Two
"Speak softly and carry a big stick." - Theodore Roosevelt
The government who would feign freedom extends its reach, dictating policy in a land not of their own. They would do this in the name of democracy, for surely their truth is absolute.
"Next to the right of liberty, the right of property is the most important individual right guaranteed by the Constitution." - William H. Taft
Fundamentalism would rise upon the Five Points, solidifying fairy tales into facts and punishing those who wouldn't believe. A separate state would fund this separate church of movement and form, a rally cry of manipulation.
"Some people call me an idealist. Well, that is the way I know I am an American. America is the only idealistic nation in the world." - Thomas Woodrow Wilson
Those who would bring life to the world are given voice to change it and men who would claim peace have their right to it revoked. A Vote upon the cold Draft, lost in the winds of gathering armies.
"Our most dangerous tendency is to expect too much of government, and at the same time do for it too little." - Warren Gamaliel Harding
Three hundred years after invading the savage land, those who would call it home are granted the right to call themselves citizen. Citizen, but never equal.
"The business of America is business." - John Calvin Coolidge
In a move to keep the flow of money from war going, the government who would sell freedom passes legislation purporting talks instead of labor strikes. Not a single laborer is present to talk.
"A splendid storehouse of integrity and freedom has been bequeathed to us by our forefathers. In this day of confusion, of peril to liberty, our high duty is to see that this storehouse is not robbed of its contents." - Herbert Clark Hoover
For the first time, the ivory tower collapses upon itself. The government sells people freedom and liberty in pursuit of distraction from the truth.
"The only thing we have to fear is fear itself." - Franklin Delano Roosevelt
To recoup the loss of funds and stop a mirror image of their treachery, the government who would sell freedom dives once more into the breach. He is a madman! He is insane! He is we. He is us.
"We need not fear the expression of ideas - we do need to fear their suppression." - Harry S. Truman
Fear grips the men of power and the time of the black bag rises. Atoms split over Japan, even as they lay beaten. The truest expression of equality is beaten down with paranoia and primal fear. The nations unite and the Frigid war begins, all because of a government that would sell freedom to the people.
"America is best described by one word, freedom." - Dwight D. Eisenhower
Yet another war draws to an end. The natives of the savage land have their sovereignty stripped further while those who would be free begin to fight for the same, ignorant to this governing bodies version.
"And so my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country." - John Fitzgerald Kennedy
A country that would be free looks to the sky as they return another great man to the Earth. Murdered he was, as were all the "changers" before him. Briefly, a glimmer of collective hope reigns, fueled by an adventure that may not lead to the extermination of an entire culture.
"For this is what America is all about. It is the uncrossed desert and the unclimbed ridge. It is the star that is not reached and harvest sleeping in the unplowed ground." - Lyndon Baines Johnson
An entire culture LookS to the aiD of imagination in the hopes that it may forgo seeing the reality of a nation consumed by power. In their seeking, they find love and hope in the arms of one another. Those men in power quake in fear over this discovery.
"What kind of nation we will be, what kind of world we will live in, whether we shape in the image of our hopes, is ours to determine by our actions and our choices." - Richard Milhous Nixon
This country of industry turns upon itself and reaps what it has sown. The mighty industry seeks impoverished nations for a work force, leaving those who would be free to fend for themselves. Crooks indeed...
"We...declared our independence 200 years ago, and we are not about to lose it now to paper shufflers and computers." - Gerald Rudolph Ford
The personal computer falls into the hands of the people and the age of mass distraction begins. Heads turn from atrocity to entertainment, from care to complacence.
"Our American values are not luxuries but necessities - not the salt in our bread, but the bread itself. Our common vision of a free and just society is our greatest source of cohesion at home and strength abroad - greater than the bounty of our material blessings." - James Earl Carter Jr.
371 years after driving those native to the savage land far into the abyss of cultural depravity, the government who would sell freedom allows them their religious practice once again.
"We are a nation that has a government - not the other way around. And that makes us special among the nations of the Earth." - Ronald Wilson Reagan
Morality is sold in line with freedom as religion furthers its grip on the burgeoning country called America. The ship now righted on a path of ignorance, the government locks up those who would be free in an effort to eliminate dissent.
"The United States is the best and fairest and most decent nation on the face of the Earth." - George Herbert Walker Bush
The government who would sell freedom goes on the warpath. Those whose gods may differ in interpretation and those who sit on mounds of gold beware, for the war will be fought across generations.
"We need a spirit of community, a sense that we are all in this together. If we have no sense of community, the American Dream will wither." - William Jefferson Clinton
The government who would sell freedom spends until the outlook is good, only to find the well dry and the people starving. In their musings, these great men find nothing of care, for the gap has widened and with it, their power.
"Recognizing and confronting our history is important. Transcending our history is essential. We are not limited by what we have done, or what we have left undone. We are limited only by what we are willing to do." - George Walker Bush
The Tenth Crusade marches on as the government who would sell freedom greedily drinks down the lifeblood of those who would dare be different. Its people left far behind now, a wavering leave in the fall wind.
"If the people cannot trust their government to do the job for which it exists - to protect them and to promote their common welfare - all else is lost." - Barack Hussein Obama
A nation shudders as it watches from behind a screen. The world is coming apart at the seems, and their government who would sell them freedom, bickers like children from atop their hill.
Faith has been shaken and hope is fading fast, for their is no savage land to conquer any longer, there is no far off paradise to settle, that they may escape the corruption feeding on their very being. The people weep as the land of the free begins to rust and the hypocrisy it was built upon begins to shine through.
Americans no longer, only humans in a struggle survive, as it has been from the beginning.