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How Can We?

How can we breed patriots

When we don’t teach our history?

From ‘Pilgrim Rock’ through

The great presidents of our time?

Valley Forge, the wars we’ve fought

For a country now harassed with hate?

How can we deplore so easily

With easy disdain and anger?

How can we be so blind of eye

As not to see the great rupture

In our land of milk and honey?

How can we not with haste defeat

This pestilence that so infects

Our hearts, our minds, our souls?

How can we be so hardened of heart

As not to feel compassion and joy?

How can we not feel pride in a

Nation that has so much to give?

How can we not stem the bigotry

That runs rancid in our streets?

How can we turn a Democracy

Into a totalitarian state of chaos?

What feeds this disease that now

Plagues our halls of government?

Please, tell me how can we revive

A country rich in history and glory?

How can we breed patriots

When we don’t teach our history?

 

Billy Ray Chitwood – March, 2019

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16 comments on “How Can We?

  1. How can we indeed? Excellent, Billy Ray

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    1. Thanks, good John. Always my best… ♥

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  2. jaysquires says:

    “How can we turn a Democracy

    Into a totalitarian state of chaos?”

    I feel you pain, Billy Ray. I can sense it in my gut, and yes, “”Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” George Santayana.

    Jay
    http://bondingfyre.com/

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    1. So right, dear friend. While I don’t intend to, it is perhaps a ‘good time to die’! Or, at least, be old enough that your only regret is for those loved ones you leave behind… “Hamlet” in Act 1, Scene 5: ‘Time is out of joint’! ♥

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  3. D.L Finn, Author says:

    A lot of good questions:)

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    1. Perhaps so, dear Denise. We can hope we will in time find the answers! ♥♥

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  4. Thanks for sharing the thoughts and feelings so many of us wish to banish. How can we? More compassion–love in action is what it will take. Sharing…

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    1. Thank you, Bette, for responding. My best wishes.

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  5. A powerful, poignant plea, Billy. Positive thoughts as we journey on this quest (your friendly neighbour in the north). Thanks so much for writing and sharing. Bravo, my friend! 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much, Natalie. My best wishes to you and yours. ♥♥

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  6. balroop2013 says:

    Keeping the hope alive and doing whatever is in our hands… pass on love, kindness and value-based education to our children.

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    1. Nice message! Thank you so much for your response… ♥

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  7. Jennie says:

    Excellent! Without history we cannot.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thanks for the response, Jennie. Best wishes. ♥

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      1. Jennie says:

        You’re welcome, Billy Ray. Best to you!

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