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Land of the Free and the Brave?

There was once an old lady who swallowed a fly,
And became so terrified that she surely would die!
See, she lived in a country overrun by these pests
And… well, I think you may recall the rest?

Now we live in a world overrun by a bug;
So … we lockdowned ourselves and outlawed all family hugs.
And then we resigned ourselves to live completely in fear,
Because we couldn’t possibly live life when death was so near.

We forced the spider down throats and then the bird and the cow—
All for the sake of living a far better life now.
Neighbor against neighbor, friend against friend:
“Just comply—swallow your medicine—and our fly problems will end!”

Those who tried to speak plainly—those who claimed “you’re all wrong…
You can’t deafen out madness by screaming a more insane song!”

These brigands they shut up—the time for discussion long past;
Forced to swallow their spiders, and eat their birds fast!
“Eat your medicine now; come, swallow it whole!
Or that fly surely will kill you; now eat up the whole spider bowl!”

America, America look how far you have fall
Once treasured you freedom, now you value nothing at all—
C’ept compliance, obedience, this at all cost!
When we’ve forgotten why the game matters, we’ve truly all lost.

We have swirled, and surely swerved far, far off course—
When the simple fly is feared more than swallowing a large horse.
And when we all close our eyes because the truth’s feared to see:
We’re no longer the home of the brave, nor of the free.

Sean Dempsey
Sean Dempsey moved to New Hampshire as one of the first 100 ‘Free Staters.’ He unabashedly believes in the US Constitution and the message and principles enshrined by its founders. Sean believes the country in which we live needs to re-examine what Jefferson, Washington, Franklin, and Adams believed (and were willing to die for). The message of freedom is not a tag line or something to be embarrassed by, but is sacrosanct and more important than ever!

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