American Exceptionalism

They taught us that it couldn’t happen here.
Americans are different, better than
Those other, foreign people. Now it’s clear
That fear and hate are All-American.
Our friends and neighbors are the same today
As when we tried to go to sleep last night,
So in the long run, we’ll all be okay.
I trust that most of us will do what’s right.
We won’t give in to, nor luxuriate
In all the –isms we were taught we’re not,
The roots of which are race and sex and hate,
Against which, we were told, we’ve always fought
Because Americans don’t think like that.
Except…our President’s a spoiled brat.


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