The March of History by Gary Beck

Long before democracy

mankind dreamed a better life

despite normal oppression

by despots, kings, tsars, chiefs,

consuming their people

in wars, slavery, taxation,

until minimum subsistence

was all that remained

to those without choice.

The American promise

that motivated citizens

to sacrifice themselves,

their families, fortunes, future

in the hope of liberty,

successfully exploited many

for the benefit of the few.

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