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.

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