Saturday, June 18, 2005

The Monster

The spirit was freedom and justice
And it's keepers seem generous and kind
It's leaders were supposed to serve the country
But now they won't pay it no mind
'Cause the people grew fat and got lazy
And now their vote is a meaningless joke
They babble about law and order
But it's all just an echo of what they've been told
Yeah, there's a monster on the loose
It's got our heads into a noose
And it just sits there watchin'

Our cities have turned into jungles
And corruption is stranglin' the land
The police force is watching the people
And the people just can't understand
We don't know how to mind our own business
'Cause the whole worlds got to be just like us
Now we are fighting a war over there
No matter who's the winner
We can't pay the cost
'Cause there's a monster on the loose
It's got our heads into a noose
And it just sits there watching

America where are you now?
Don't you care about your sons and daughters?
Don't you know we need you now
We can't fight alone against the monster

Sound familiar?
More likely prophetic, since it comes from an albumn by Steppenwolf, released in the 70's. Are we witnessing history repeating itself?
Maybe I wasn't paying attention, but I don't remember feeling this sense of disillusionment, that our country was coming apart at the seams. At least not since the the 70's. Maybe it's just me. Maybe I've reached the age where I've become more aware of the world around me. Maybe I'm realizing that everything we do (or don't) is going to have an impact on my children and grandchildren. I want a better world for them. One free of war, discrimation, and hate. A world where people love and respect one another, not for their similarities but for their differences. A world where the United States is a welcome and respected member of the worldwide community.
Isn't it time we learned from the past? Maybe stop making the same mistakes? I'm just wondering...


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