The new consciousness of doing away with the symbols of religion which formed the bedrock of the nation under God is taking American society in another direction, away from God and I hope the people understand this for the sake of the unborn.
As I learn from you,
I guess you learn from me—
although you’re older—and white—
and somewhat more free.
“Theme for English B,” Langston Hughes
“‘[N]ext to of course god america/ i love you,'” opens e.e. cummings’s satirical sonnet about the hollowness of political pandering to love of God, family, country—a staple of stump speeches by both major political parties in the U.S.
The speaker turns to war toward the end:
why talk of beauty what could be more beaut-
iful than these heroic happy dead
who rushed like lions to the roaring slaughter
they did not stop to think they died instead
Late in the presidential election cycle of 2016, this poem resonates in a way that should leave every American resolute to defend the ideals we claim are at the core of a free people.
As summer creeps toward fall, we are not just about to elect a president, but…
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