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I AM NOT a GOOD AMERICAN I AM NOT a GOOD AMERICAN
by David Sparenberg
2020-01-01 12:17:58
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I am not a patriotic consumer.
I have never shopped until I dropped.

In fact,

amer01_400I keep buying to a minimum.

And because of this alone
I am not a good American.

I do not hate others
because of color

because of race or gender

sexual orientation or their faith.

And because of this alone
I am not a good American.

I have never gone
to any of America’s wars

for ideological/preemptive capitalism. In

fact,

I am a war-resister.

And because of this
because of this alone
I am not a good American.

I do not own a car.
I enjoy feeling seasons

and am content to

walk or else ride the Metro.

And because of this alone
I am not a good American.

I believe that education
should be grounded in

teaching moral character;

should cultivate genuine

and even critical thinking;
not the amassing of
information to manipulate technology only. 
No! My idea of coding

is a code of conduct, a standard of

dignity and respect to live by.

And because of this alone
I am not a good American.

Yet here I am, living (gunless)
in these United States, committed

to unbought and unbuyable democracy

to one person, one vote

and to freedom of conscience

as the sovereignty of identity.

And because of this
because of this alone
I am not a good American.


    
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