As I watched the news on a recent Saturday morning, I became increasingly frustrated and was overcome by feelings of helplessness and a lack of power to do anything to improve our situation in America. Then, the first line of the following poem popped into my head and I couldn't get rid of it so, I sat at my computer and tried to do something with it. The enclosed poem was the result. I am no poet and this poem is not very good but, it does rhyme and it does convey the reasons for my frustration and helpless feelings. Anyone else feel the same? Ode to America I was taught that common sense was needed to survive, To help determine right and wrong, for me and mine to thrive, To make decisions good for all and not just best for me, Allowing us to be a team and forever to be free. But, common sense has proven rare and seldom is it seen In the hallowed halls of Congress and the rantings of the Green. White is white and black is black, no gray is there to share, I am right and you are not, no compromise to spare. So, what to do to fix this mess, the question does arise. The leaders think they have it solved, and much to our surprise, The money's gone, the jobs are less and still they spend and spend. Is this the type of leadership on which we must depend? "Hold on a sec" the Boss has said, his minions gather 'round, "We have the right to change this place, our power does abound." With but few words the die is cast and dreams of what could be Have instilled that sense of power in the leaders of the free. "With this power what's "right" is ours to do with as we may. If some should disagree with us, refuse to see our way, Then, shout them down, for they must learn what we have come to find, That experience and common sense mean naught to we, the blind." All this faith from tiny minds who've never been in charge Of anything that made a dime, a business small or large. Yet, they know all there is to know about how money's made And will save our home from total doom if we give our kids in trade. To think the few have all it takes to make the country right And all the people living here must surrender to their might Is ignorance personified and arrogance displayed And proof their goal is government over citizens betrayed. Now, we have a choice to make in what we say and do To make our leaders understand we're loyal, through and through To the truths that made us great and free, the standards we hold dear But, not to debt our children bear from ignorance and fear. America's strength does not reside in Washington, DC But, in each and every one of us, it lives in you and me. Until the time we stand and shout, "our leaders work for us" Our fate is clear, our station sure, it's underneath the bus.