We used to be a leader in the world.
A bright shining light the downtrodden would
Seek to emulate. When our flag unfurled
We swelled with pride. We acted as one should
When setting a marker for all to match,
As a kind and just nation. We were proud
To show the way, be the example. Watch
As we demonstrate a moral code. Loud,
Strong voices made the tyrants tremble then.
No longer do we hold that world view dear,
As those of tainted money–tainted men
Have abandoned principle. Now I fear
The world no longer sees us as that light,
But rather bullies spoiling for a fight.