politics and unity

Why Can’t We Just Get Along?

Written by Susan Noyes Anderson on . Posted in Patriotic Poems

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Why can’t we just get along?
Can’t our friendship still be strong
even when we disagree?
Why ya gotta wail on me?

Couldn’t we just let things ride,
honor one another’s side,
respect the liberty to choose
and tolerate each other’s views?

Am I so wrong; are you so right?
Is every question black and white?
The “facts” aren’t always what they seem;
most truth lies somewhere in between.

So here’s a thought: Let’s both stand tall
for our convictions, one and all.
To our own selves, let us be true.
(Romney, me; Obama, you.)

The die is cast; the deed is done.
You’re super glad Obama won.
I’m super sad that Romney lost.
Must good relations be the cost?

Can’t you lean left…Can’t I lean right
without a friendship-ending fight?
The truth is, only time will tell
if our votes served this country well.

Both of us guessed the best we could.
Both of us thought our guess was good.
Now let’s employ some common sense,
and let go of our arrogance.

The one thing sure to doom us all
is this: the mind too closed and small
to listen, learn, or compromise…
to see through someone else’s eyes.

So let’s be friends, friend. You and me.
It starts with us, and maybe we
can be the start of something grand
across our now-divided land.

We’re still Americans. Speak up,
discussion fills our nation’s cup.
But don’t forget humility.
The future is no one’s to see.

We all just guess the best we can.
There is no magic answer man.

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