Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness


What has become of our American dream?

The values on which

this great country was founded

are no more...

gone with the smoke of war

and fumes of waste.

What happened to life?

We are on our deathbeds

being fed intravenously

these lies that success

should be pursued

at the cost of others.

We are told we can

have perfect bodies

through syringes

and dollar bills.  

What happened to liberty?

We are chained to immodesty

taught in grammar school

and profanities streaming

from the lips of toddlers.

We are dependent on

the goods of other countries

because we are too lazy

to make anything ourselves.

What happened to the pursuit of happiness?

We are miserable enough

to believe we control

our own destinies,

that the world falls in our favor.

We are prescribed apathy

and insensitivity

with just one glance

at the evening news.

What has become of a

country built on God,

on wholesome morals,

on noble dreams?

We are all





poor excuses for Americans,

pitiful examples of humans.

Author's Notes/Comments: 

Disclaimer: I'm sorry if this came off as anti-American. I am proud to be a U.S. citizen. We have so many more opportunities than other nations.

The poem is meant to be taken with a grain of salt. Please do not get offended.

Of course, there are benefits to living in the country and the good things we accomplish outshine the bad.

But as I was thinking about the Declaration of Independence and how far our country has strayed from the values of its foundation, I am shocked and sickened.

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