Our family had traditions,
Coffee, morning newspaper, crossword puzzles,
Discussions about upcoming plans,
American holidays, political candidates,
The winners and also rans.
The discussions blended together
And nobody cussed,
But one thing was sure, we sought the truth,
We took pride in knowing George Washington
Didn’t lie when he chopped down the cherry tree,
And Lincoln was known as “honest Abe”,
They were leaders we could look up to.
We believed our country attracted the world’s best,
And with hard work and determination
We could rise to the top with all the rest.
Our leaders were thoughtful and honest,
We believed in a handshake or giving our word,
To lie or to cheat was simply absurd.
We believed in who we were fighting for or voting for,
And we wanted to be known for loving more.
But somehow our love relationships and respect
For each other has gone out the door.
There are no more honest presidents like George or Abe.
Our words are not true and our relationships worthless to save.
We are not honest and always true,
Ugly Americans, we are called, and other words too.
Where are the immigrants, natives, and protectors of rights?
We hide in the darkness and run from the light.
It’s time to tell the truth.
July 22, 2017