Thursday, September 6, 2018

Jake Cosmos Aller writes

The Decline of America

You see it everywhere
The unmistakable signs

That the decline of America
Is in full swing

As our emperor in waiting
Withdraws the US

From the climate change agreement
Giving the proverbial finger
To 195 world leaders

And ignoring the personal appeal
Of the G7 and the Pope

Making America Great
By making America all alone
In its growing irrelevance

As the world leaders turn away
From dealing with the US

And we have gone past the tipping point
There is nowhere left to go
But downward

As the Empire begins to collapse
Victim of imperial overreach
Like all empires before

The DC metro on a good day
Is a broken-down remnant
Of a once proud system

On a bad day
It is an accident that happens
Over and over again
Killing and maiming people

The future of mass transit
Its proponents said

The interstate highway system
Is falling apart day by day
Our bridges are falling down
Our transit is a world joke

The cost of rebuilding America mounts
And our politicians are afraid
That it will cost trillions of dollars

Just to prevent the US from collapsing
Into third world irrelevance

And our idiot president’s answer
Is to sell our highways and bridges
To the highest foreign bidder

Treating the US as just another failed company
Ready to be stripped for cash and profits
By the vulture capitalists who took over the government

We have the world’s most expensive military
A million dollars per missile

And yet we can’t find the money
To provide decent health care for all

Bombs and tax cuts for the wealthy
Are the only things
That the Republicans care about

And the world looks in amazement
At the clown boy President

As he struts about
Looking more and more
Like some Banana Republic
President for life

With his family grabbing as much loot
As they can
From the federal government

Before the coming revolution
Overthrows them

When did we start this decline?
Some say 1960s started it
Others say Nixon’s to blame

Others claim that it was Carter’s fault
Or Saint Reagan’s fault

Or the other boy President GW Bush
Or Obama the fake American’s fault

Does it really matter
All I know
Is the America I knew

The can do anything country
The country that went to the moon
Is alas no more

And I morn for our lost liberties
Our lost sense of purpose

Our lost sense that America
Was the last great hope of Mankind

And still I wonder
Can America be made great again?
As our President Trump proclaims

The end times approaches
Nuclear war is talked about

Another missile crisis
And instead of JFK leading the country
We have Donald John Trump

The one and only
The greatest con man
To ever get elected

And I fear the end is in sight
As America begins its decline

Will we be one country
Or will we erupt into a civil war

Can we survive
Two nations divided
Into the red and blue camps

The coastal elites and multiethnic cities
And Jesus land in the rural hinterlands
And the deep south remains apart

The right claims that the left has started it
And the left claims that the right has started it

And both sides claim that the civil war
Is inevitable

A fight for the future of our country
Will we go back to the mythical past
When white men ruled the land
And women and minorities knew their place
And gays stayed in the closet?

Or will we embrace a progressive future
With an economy that works for all

And a world in which there is no ethnic majority anymore
And women and men are equal
And the GLBT community has full rights

I have no answer
It seems the end is coming
Sooner than we think

As Emperor Trump leads us
Down a dark, strange dangerous path

And so, it goes
The decline of empires

And I pray
That I may survive
The end of times
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1 comment:

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