Sunday, September 22, 2013

Patriots

We support our troops.
We know freedom isn't free.
We all wear our flag pins
for everyone to see.
But, when it comes to hungry mouths
down at the commissary?
We'd love to help you, soldier,
but freedom isn't free.

On Thursday, conservative Republicans in the House of Representatives voted to cut 40 billion dollars from the food stamp program over the next ten years.  Among the 3.8 million Americans that will be affected are 5,000 active duty military families and as many as 170,000 of the 1 million veterans that receive food stamps each month. Doesn't sound very patriotic does it?

For Poetry Pantry

16 comments:

Sylvia K said...

NO! It doesn't sound patriotic at all!! Thank you for the words/thoughts!

Sherry Blue Sky said...

OH! MY! GOD! Why do govts always "save money" by cutting supports for the impoverished. ARGH!!!!!!!

Brian Miller said...

sounds about right...at least for our govt...if you arent in...you just work for the scraps the mans willing to toss from the table...ugh

Fireblossom said...

And so many of the people who need these programs are children. But hey, repubs support their right to bear arms! Forget lunch, kid. Have an assault rifle!

Lorraine said...

it seems that Govt is always backwards no matter the country...I read a sign once that said 'STOP WORKING' and I thought that might improve the Govt everybody just stop working imagine the possibilities

Sioux said...

Our country may be amongst the best, but we certainly are far from perfect...

Mary said...

Sad, so very sad. This is not right at all!!

Susan said...

Yikes! What would it be like if the military folks were allowed to take sides in homeland issues? Or maybe this will rally them? Great clarifying, challenging poem!

Kerry O'Connor said...

Man is everywhere found in chains.

Sumana Roy said...


this is what i call regression.......wonderful write up

J Cosmo Newbery said...

I really don't understand America.

Buddah Moskowitz said...

Pithy and perfect.

Margaret said...

I have a friend with an iPhone and great education... but wants to pursue her dream ... so she is on food stamps right now. Something needs to be cut, some programs must do with less.

I'm not saying that is typical, but something needs to be done... perhaps exempt the military families... ?

Margaret said...

With that said, I do love this poem. Just the perfect twist

Grandmother said...

The mean-spiritedness of this is stunning! Lessen a program that's a minuscule percentage of our national budget, harm those who need help to have food, and leave untouched the budgetary items that might actually balance it- stunning.

grapeling said...

usage of expletives merited but they might be confused for explosives and then the FBI will be at our doors.