I wonder what today would be like,
if America had never been.
There would not be... "We
protection under the Bill of Rights,
the precious freedoms from religion to dissent,
Statue of Liberty from a friendly France,
historical monuments like Mount Rushmore,
independence won on the Fourth of July,
the red, white,
and blue waving proudly high,
the singing of the reaffirming
Star Spangled Banner,
and pledging our allegiance with
hand over heart or in salute.
And think of the great
ones that would never be...
George Washington, Thomas
Jefferson, John Marshall,
Abraham Lincoln, Booker T.
Washington, Teddy Roosevelt
Susan B. Anthony, Franklin
Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy,
Martin Luther King, Ronald
Reagan, and so many more.
Then remember the other
noble ones that would be lost...
Benjamin Franklin flying
that one kite,
Alexander Bell pursuing voice communication
Thomas Edison capturing light in glass,
George Bancroft writing the first history books about the
Orville and Wilbur Wright attaining flight at Kitty
Dr. Jonas Salk developing the polio vaccine,
George Washington Carver impacting agriculture production,
Bill Gates and Steve Jobs fostering the personal computer
Stephanie Kwolek inventing bullet-resistant Kevlar,
Neil Armstrong stepping on the moon for mankind,
even the Oscar, Emmy, Tony, and Grammy winning stars
along with the brave war and gifted sport heroes...
they and all Americans came to be with ancestors' roots
from countries in Europe, Africa, Asia, and elsewhere.
Nor would there be the cost
of treasure, noble effort,
our brave troops came to aid in
World War I and II,
providing food and more during the
being resolute in winning the cold war,
reaching out to others when natural and health disasters
doing whatever it takes after the terrorists'
attacks on 9/11/2001.
I wonder if America had never
how many more would not be free,
anarchy and tyranny
while wishing what could be...
that America now offers for all to see.
David G. Bancroft
2003 / Video 2022
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