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What happened to my country?

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What happened to my country?

Once sweet land of liberty

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Now filled with lies and spending

Where selfish greed is ascending


What happened to my country?

Once a sweet and hallowed democracy

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Now filled with malls and shills

Where politicians hawk their frills


What happened to my country?

Once home to freedom’s patriots

Now desecrated by plutocrats

Where Republicans rot with Democrats


What happened to my country?

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Once pleasured with virgin green

Now stained with Starbucks and Wal-Marts

Where dollars have replaced smarts


What happened to my country?

Once filled with connected people

Now sprawled with monster homes

Where isolation thrives on cell phones


What happened to my country?

Once a healthy place where people walked

Now diseased by SUV addiction

Where children learn consumer affliction


What happened to my country?

Once respected and loved worldwide

Now hated, resented and feared

Where corporate greed has domineered


What happened to my country?

Once with decent balanced government

Now lacking politicians with intelligence

Where the President suffers self-indulgence


What happened to my country?

Once with courageous newspapers

Now filled with spinners and bloviators

Where we are entertained by investigators


What happened to my country?



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Joel S. Hirschhorn is the author of Delusional Democracy - Fixing the Republic Without Overthrowing the Government and several other books, as well as hundreds of articles. His current political writings have been greatly influenced by working (more...)

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