- Happy Birthday #236
It is said “we the people” began the land of which we’re so proud.
Now this beautiful land is scarred by bitterness and voices far too loud.
The founders knew the future stretched for a lengthy span of time.
And they stated six great purposes to provide our reason, rhythm and rhyme
Must “we” transform into “they” as the years go on and on?
Or can every person and generation keep the initial faith until the battle’s won?
Let it be asked “Oh say can you see, by the dawn’s early light?”
It is “we”; there is no “they.” Now, let’s proceed to put this right
On July 4, 2012, our nation’s 236th national birthday,
We the people face a looming choice and must decide the way
We will build our future and realize the American Creed.
Will we hold true to our purposes or sellout to ravenous greed?
There are plenty of factors, factions and characters on which to lay the blame,
But if we cannot rise above all of these, we won’t escape real shame.
The haunting stare of history and the hopes of all the earth,
Will never let us slink away, so we must now prove our worth.
Look at the Framing document and ponder the great leaders of our past
Now it is up to us to rally to the task.
We have clearly stated purposes and principles that ring true.
There is no “they” to save or thwart us; there is only me and you.
Now let’s cut through the media hype and the snarls of distortion and untruth,
It is time to transcend bitterness and renew the idealism of our youth.
We must keep moving forward to a better land for all.
There is no one but us to do it. If we shrink or shirk, America must fall.
© 2012, Larry Conley. All rights reserved.