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    Let America Be America Again

    Let America Be America Again
    Langston Hughes - 1902-1967

    Let America be America again.
    Let it be the dream it used to be.
    Let it be the pioneer on the plain
    Seeking a home where he himself is free.

    (America never was America to me.)

    Let America be the dream the dreamers dreamed—
    Let it be that great strong land of love
    Where never kings connive nor tyrants scheme
    That any man be crushed by one above.

    (It never was America to me.)

    O, let my land be a land where Liberty
    Is crowned with no false patriotic wreath,
    But opportunity is real, and life is free,
    Equality is in the air we breathe.

    (There's never been equality for me,
    Nor freedom in this "homeland of the free.")

    Say, who are you that mumbles in the dark?
    And who are you that draws your veil across the stars?
    I am the poor white, fooled and pushed apart,
    I am the Negro bearing slavery's scars.
    I am the red man driven from the land,
    I am the immigrant clutching the hope I seek—
    And finding only the same old stupid plan
    Of dog eat dog, of mighty crush the weak.
    I am the young man, full of strength and hope,
    Tangled in that ancient endless chain
    Of profit, power, gain, of grab the land!
    Of grab the gold! Of grab the ways of satisfying need!
    Of work the men! Of take the pay!
    Of owning everything for one's own greed!
    I am the farmer, bondsman to the soil.
    I am the worker sold to the machine.
    I am the Negro, servant to you all.
    I am the people, humble, hungry, mean—
    Hungry yet today despite the dream.
    Beaten yet today—O, Pioneers!
    I am the man who never got ahead,
    The poorest worker bartered through the years.
    Yet I'm the one who dreamt our basic dream
    In the Old World while still a serf of kings,
    Who dreamt a dream so strong, so brave, so true,
    That even yet its mighty daring sings
    In every brick and stone, in every furrow turned
    That's made America the land it has become.
    O, I'm the man who sailed those early seas
    In search of what I meant to be my home—
    For I'm the one who left dark Ireland's shore,
    And Poland's plain, and England's grassy lea,
    And torn from Black Africa's strand I came
    To build a "homeland of the free."

    The free?
    Who said the free? Not me?

    Surely not me? The millions on relief today?
    The millions shot down when we strike?
    The millions who have nothing for our pay?
    For all the dreams we've dreamed
    And all the songs we've sung
    And all the hopes we've held
    And all the flags we've hung,
    The millions who have nothing for our pay—
    Except the dream that's almost dead today.
    O, let America be America again—
    The land that never has been yet—
    And yet must be—the land where every man is free.
    The land that's mine—the poor man's, Indian's, Negro's, ME—
    Who made America,
    Whose sweat and blood, whose faith and pain,
    Whose hand at the foundry, whose plow in the rain,
    Must bring back our mighty dream again.
    Sure, call me any ugly name you choose—
    The steel of freedom does not stain.
    From those who live like leeches on the people's lives,
    We must take back our land again,
    America!
    O, yes,

    I say it plain,
    America never was America to me,
    And yet I swear this oath—
    America will be!
    Out of the rack and ruin of our gangster death,
    The rape and rot of graft, and stealth, and lies,
    We, the people, must redeem
    The land, the mines, the plants, the rivers.
    The mountains and the endless plain—
    All, all the stretch of these great green states—
    And make America again!

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    As soon as we get rid of Trump

    American will be great again like it was before Trump ruined it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moveon View Post
    American will be great again like it was before Trump ruined it.
    YOU have to make everything about politics..........STFU.

    THIS is why most people left this page...., enjoy it, and move on. If you cannot enjoy it, MOVE ON.
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    Pot calling the kettle black?

    Quote Originally Posted by GeoFisher View Post
    YOU have to make everything about politics..........STFU.

    THIS is why most people left this page...., enjoy it, and move on. If you cannot enjoy it, MOVE ON.
    I call it like I see it. This site bit the dust a long time ago and perhaps it was more your fault that mine. Why don't you STFU dude.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moveon View Post
    I call it like I see it. This site bit the dust a long time ago and perhaps it was more your fault that mine. Why don't you STFU dude.
    The biggest difference is geo can debate without name calling, unlike you. Sign ,Little boy

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    And bone I am sorry for the hijacking of the thread. Thank you for Mr. Hughes insight.

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    Take my advise to Geo Riverrat:

    Quote Originally Posted by riverrat12 View Post
    The biggest difference is geo can debate without name calling, unlike you. Sign ,Little boy
    You think telling others to STFU is debating. You need to rethink that River-mouse.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moveon View Post
    You think telling others to STFU is debating. You need to rethink that River-mouse.
    Ok keyboard commando, this wasn't a debate. It was I guess something your DTS couldn't comprehend. Carry on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by riverrat12 View Post
    Ok keyboard commando, this wasn't a debate. It was I guess something your DTS couldn't comprehend. Carry on.
    Nothing you say is comprehendible to anyone. If anyone is a keyboard commando it's you. Move on kiddo.

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    Freedom Winds

    There is a place near
    Where clear water flows
    Through tall hemlocks
    Where Freedom winds blows

    There is a place near
    Where the hawk flies
    Over tall hemlocks
    And clouds pass in valerian blue skies

    There is a place not far away
    Where division exhales no peace
    Us versus them
    Where wisdom and reason have no case

    There is a place not far away
    Where governance is void of responsibility
    A perfect storm
    For chaos and anarchy

    There is a place not far away
    Where measurement is reduced to numeration
    A lack of human understanding
    Meaning, purpose and communication

    There is a place near
    Where clear water flows
    Through tall hemlocks
    Where Freedom winds blows

    There is a place near
    Where the hawk flies
    Over tall hemlocks
    And clouds pass in valerian blue skies

    Roy L. Nave
    April, 2019
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