Another Independence Day
by Del Jones
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Another Independence Day
We’re another year older now
And, I wonder, what they’d say
Those who wrote our Declaration
For our Independence Day?
I bet they’re turning in their graves
To see, where our Country’s going
As we lose those hard won Freedoms
And, as our apathy keeps growing.
Our Government spies on us
“Big brother”, has come here
As they try to control us all
With deception, lies, and fear.
We have elected leaders(?)
Who don’t care about our Nation
Who give our Rights away
In favor of, the corporation.
They have us in another war
Where we surely don’t belong
And some say, “A hundred years”
Would not be, too long.
We have Troops coming home
Who are living in the street
As they seek, help and care
From a system, they can’t beat.
They give our treasury away
To what, they call, “foreign aid”
While we have hungry kids at home
And students, who can’t make the grade.
Our roads and bridges are a mess
Folks lose their homes to banks
We have illegals getting a free ride
And ask for more without, one, “Thanks!”
They have given us a giant debt
Our children, will have to pay
While making other countries rich
With our jobs, they give away.
The Communists control
Almost, everything we buy
Like the old “company store”
While our treasury, they “shanghai”.
Foreign oil controls the rest
While we have technology
To use, alternative sources
To produce, our energy.
We have Federal agencies
Who work for the lobbyists
While people get sick, and die
To protect, those larcenists.
Our World is on the brink
Of a catastrophic end
For, the sake of the dollar
While we sit back, and pretend.
No, I don’t think they’d be pleased
Those Founders, of our Country
They’d say, “We’re sure disappointed!”
Of what, we’ve come, to be.
Maybe it’s not too late, though
If we try to mend our way
And there’s no better time, than now
On this, Independence Day!
Del “Abe” Jones
IN CONGRESS, JULY 4, 1776
The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America
When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to
dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to
assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which
the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to
the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which
impel them to the separation.
(Words in parentheses are mine, others by Thomas Jefferson and we should heed
these words, again today)
We hold these truths to be self-evident,
(That is what they knew was true )
that all men are created equal,
(And they all knew this, too)
that they are endowed by their Creator
with certain unalienable Rights,
(That Freedom, is for all people
and for what, a brave man, fights)
that among these are Life, Liberty
and the pursuit of Happiness.
(The citizens of our Nation
fought for, their rightful redress)
That to secure these rights,
(We will do what we must)
Governments are instituted among Men,
(A government, we can trust)
deriving their just powers
from the consent of the governed,
(Itʼs, we, the people who will rule
Thatʼs not, what we have learned!)
That whenever any Form of Government
(Think they rule the Land)
becomes destructive of these ends,
(We, the people, will take a stand)
it is the Right of the People
(What, our Constitution decrees)
to alter or to abolish it,
(Before, they bring us to our knees)
and to institute new Government,
(we can vote all of them out)
laying its foundation on such principles
(What our Country is about)
and organizing its powers in such form,
(To what the people will)
as to them shall seem most likely
(Duties, they must fulfill)
to effect their Safety and Happiness.
(So, we shall not regress)
Prudence, indeed, will dictate
(Be careful, what is changed!)
that Governments long established
(When needed, rearranged)
should not be changed
for light and transient causes;
(that our quest for our Rights
is not stemmed by wordy clauses)
never ends or pauses and accordingly
all experience hath shewn that mankind
(Is a species craving freedoms.
Of life on Earth, a unique kind)
are more disposed to suffer,
(Which, we have had our share)
while evils are sufferable
(But eased, when others care)
than to right themselves by abolishing
(Watch out, what you let go)
the forms to which they are accustomed.
(And the life weʼve grown to know)
But when a long train of abuses
(Seems lately, thereʼs been many!)
and usurpations, pursuing
(And the meanings, they convey)
invariably the same Object
evinces a design to reduce them
(They try to end those rights)
And try to change their idem)
under absolute Despotism,
(If thatʼs how the try to rule)
it is their right, it is their duty,
(To use the voterʼs tool)
to throw off such Government,
(From this land of the free)
and to provide new Guards
for their future security.
Such has been the patient
sufferance of these Colonies;
(Before the time of statehood)
(They longed for freedomʼs bounties)
and such is now the necessity
(The time for change was due)
which constrains them to alter
(A new Government, too)
their former Systems of Government.
The history of the present
(It was cruel and unjust)
King of Great Britain
(A man they could not trust)
is a history of repeated
(Time after time again)
injuries and usurpations,
(Constraining all free men)
all having in direct object
(Control by the Crown)
the establishment of
(to try to beat them down)
an absolute Tyranny over these States.
(But, we finally changed that Kingʼs mandates.)
Del "Abe" Jones
Back at the birth of our Nation
We fought to be Free from oppression
Something unique in the World
And we learned many a hard lesson.
There was some trial and error
Although, we finally got it right
But, it seems that nowadays
Some Rights are fading from sight.
If we let them slip away from us
Even just, a little at a time
If we don't stand, to preserve them
It will most surely, be a crime.
It's government, “By and for the People!”
Not to be dictated, by a few
And it's time we take our Country back
And what we hold, “Self-evident and true !”
When Freedom was really threatened
We stood together in the fight
But, there have been those times
When those Wars, just weren't right.
We are still the greatest Nation
That this World has ever known
But, Freedom for other peoples
Can't be forced, but must be shown.
We must set the right example
And protect our own Constitution
Not let it be changed around
To suit some other's resolution.
Speaking of our great Constitution
And our Bill of Rights, too
We should take time to read them
That's something, everyone should do.
So, this Fourth, let's set a goal
To make our Founding Fathers proud
Tell our Government, “You work for us!”
“Twisting our Laws won't be allowed!”
In the year of 1776
That paper was decreed -
They were tired of oppression
And wanted to be freed .
They wrote a Declaration
So the whole world would see
This was, "the home of the brave
And the land of the free".
They signed that piece of parchment
The leaders of this land
Knowing, divided they would fall
But, together they could stand.
A new world lay before them
Untamed from shore to shore -
They swore the would protect it
If it meant going to war.
Battles have been fought
And many lives have been lost -
So sad something so basic
Has such a high, high cost.
Seems freedom is a luxury
There's some would bind us all -
Like then, together, we can stand
But divided, we will fall.
More than two hundred years
Have past by since that day
That each of us celebrate
In our own different way.
We should be proud and thankful
Pay a share of the cost -
Not take freedom for granted
For it easily could be lost.
AND, PROUD TO BE
Two hundred and thirty-one years
After we planted Freedom’s seed
After our Country’s Declaration
This World still has a great need.
Time for the Peoples of all Nations
To learn what we have always known
Since the very first and Proud day
Our Stars and Stripes were flown.
But, we can’t force Freedom on them
For if we do, it won’t be Real
It’s something that must grow on you
To change the way you Think and Feel.
We can only try to show them how
And be an Example they can follow
Stand up against those in our own Ranks
Who try to take Freedom’s we know.
We must show we have the Courage
To not let our own people take away
Any of those Rights so Guaranteed
To us, on that long past, July day.
We must Protect our Way of Life
And let the rest of the World see
That it’s something to be Proud of
When you live in a Land of the Free.
JULY THE FOURTH
I wonder what those folks would think
(Those, who wrote our Freedom’s Declaration)
Would they believe, those happenings
That have, forever changed our Nation.
Would they believe, some terrorists
Are, from our Country, homegrown
Spreading hate, death, and destruction
In the Homeland of their own.
Would they believe our “open door”
Has ushered in our enemy
Those who believe we’re evil
And don’t believe in Liberty.
What would they think, if they could see
Crime running rampant, in the street
Guns, drugs, and homeless people
And so many more, locked-in, retreat.
Would they believe, Freedoms treasured
Have been twisted all around
To where the criminals civil rights
Beat the victims, to the ground.
Would they believe, that businesses
Most of them, big and small
Treat their employees as the pawns
To reach, “the bottom line”, that’s all.
Would they believe, those voted to Office
Who we should trust, to guide the way
Can’t be trusted, most of the time
To live up to what, they say.
What would they think, would they rewrite
And would they take exceptance
To what we did, with what they wrote
In The Declaration Of Independence.
Del "Abe" Jones
Abe, The Poor Man's Poet