On the Fourth of
July, I raised the flag,
As I spoke with love and pride:
blessed to be an American," I said,
To two friends who stood by
One was my
neighbor, who lives next door,
He's a citizen, like me.
other, a visitor from a hard, oppressed land,
Far across the
"My flag stays in
its box this year,"
Said my neighbor, boiling mad.
terrible shape this countryís in,
The future looks nothing but
indifference and crime,
On our land like a giant stain."
visitor said, "We have all that, and worse,
But itís against the
law to complain."
My neighbor looked
startled, but not subdued;
Then he started in on the
"Thereís nothing but bad news; the headlines are
(It gets me down, too, I
"Our news is all
good," said my visitor.
"Itís just how youíd like to be.
know what our government wants us to know;
Our press is
controlled, you see."
My neighbor spun
Ďround and marched toward his house,
And here is the end to my
The next time we saw him, he was out in his
Proudly raising Old Glory.
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