Monday, December 19, 2005

Spying in the Land of the Free

Ah, search without a warrant. Isn't that illegal? Isn't privacy protected by our Constitution? Did any of the Congressional leadership know about this? My mind is full of questions and conflicted opinions. What I'm not conflicted about is the fact that it was reported by the New York Times. So, instead of airing my conflicted opinions, I'm going to post a poem in support of our country and its form of government.

America for Me
by Henry Van Dyke

'Tis fine to see the Old World, and travel up and down
Among the famous palaces and cities of renown,
To admire the crumbly castles and the statues of the kings,--
But now I think I've had enough of antiquated things.

So it's home again, and home again, America for me!
My heart is turning home again, and there I long to be,
In the land of youth and freedom beyound the ocean bars,
Where the air is full of sunlight and the flag is full of
stars.


Oh, London is a man's town, there's power in the air;
And Paris is a woman's town, with flowers in her hair;
And it's sweet to dream in Venice, and it's great to study Rome;
But when it comes to living there is no place like home.

I like the German fir-woods, in green battalions drilled;
I like the gardens of Versailles with flashing fountains filled;
But, oh, to take you hand, my dear, and ramble for a day
In the friendly western woodland where Nature has her way!

I know that Europe's wonderful, yet something seems to lack:
The Past is too much with her, and the people looking back.
But the glory of the Present is to make the Future free,--
We love our land for what she is and what she is to be.

Oh, it's home again, and home again, America for me!
I want a ship that's westward bound to plough the rolling sea,
To the blessed Land of Room Enough beyond the ocean bars,
Where the air is full of sunlight and the flag is full of
stars.

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