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The Tale Of Two Americas

“Fighting soldiers from the sky, Fearless men who jump and die, Men who mean just what they say, The brave men of the Green Beret” Barry Sadler

“Well, it’s always we rambled, that river and I, All along your green valley, I will work till I die, My land I’ll defend with my life if it be, ‘Cause my pastures of plenty must always be free”  Woody Guthrie

It was the best of people and it was the worst of people, it is America right now, outside your door. 

Poverty  photoThere exists in the United States at least two societies coexisting in the same land. In fact, there are a vast number of ‘Americas’ but I will break it down between the best and the worst.

There is the America of American exceptionalism. These arrogant, egotistical tyrants boldly claim that America is so superior that they have the ‘God-given right’, to do as we see fit in the world. Among other things, this means that we can use our great military might to destroy and conquer other nations or overthrow democratically elected leaders.

Contrasting this there is the America that goes beyond the ideals. It is the good people who care for their fellow citizens. It is a people who believe in community and giving. It is also a people that are ashamed of the other group.

If you visit Manhattan you will find that it is a city of contradictions. It is a place with some of the tallest buildings that seem to reach the sky. To afford to live in the penthouses one must have millions of dollars. Thus this area is home for some of the richest people in the world. On the streets you will find a whole flock of unfortunates begging, some holding up signs saying “I will work for food.” The rich elite step over the homeless who sleep on the grates because the warm air escapes from below.

As human beings, we have been conditioned not to be appalled by this discrepancy in wealth. Through satanic doctrines like ‘social evolution,’ we have been taught that it is fine that some have more than they could possibly use while others have only the clothes on their back. Therein lies one of the major differences between the devils and the angels. The devils see through distorted ideas in their brains while the angels see through their heart. If you think it is fine for some to have unlimited abundance while others nothing there is something wrong with you.

Not caring for one’s fellow human being clearly means that one is spiritually bankrupt. Many people with money create foundations to give their wealth away. In a lot of cases, the benevolence is mostly for show. They blow the trumpets and break out the gigantic three feet long checks so all can see and congratulate them for their ‘giving’. On the other hand, there are those who will anonymously give somebody a meal to eat.

Planet Earth will know peace and far better days when we as a people come to consider that every human being, based on the criteria of being a human alone, is worthy of respect and love. The covetous attitude that places mammon over the value of a human life is the core of our problem. Thus it is important to call out these people who think so highly of themselves as to what they are, which is selfish pigs.

I recall sharing a poem with somebody on Facebook who thought very highly of himself. For some reason I know not, he got upset with me. When he saw my occupation as being a ‘customer service agent’ he belittled me. What that had to do with poetry, I know not. Anyway, the person blocked me only to insult some other woman friend of mine for her looks. This man saw the outside and not the inside.

What we have here is a problem in our thinking. The materialistic way is the easy way out and when applied it ruins the spiritual way. However with the drums of war beating and the bankers drooling for more and more in insatiable lusts the world is going to plunge into a darkness unlike any other it has ever experienced. You see when people who hold the power only care about themselves and their material possessions it is a very bad thing for the world.

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The Tale Of Two Americas

John Kaniecki

John Kaniecki is a full-time caregiver for his wife Sylvia. He is a published writer and works with the Church of Christ. John has lived with bipolar for over thirty years and has been hospitalized nine times, three of which were committed. John has chronicled his life story in his memoirs "More Than The Madness". Also of note is John's book of poetry "Murmurings Of A Mad Man" which are poems written about being committed in Graystone Psychiatric Hospital. John believes in the power of words to change the world for the better. His website can be seen here. His books can be seen on Amazon. You can visit his personal blog "Turn A Page Or Two" here.

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Kaniecki, J. (2018). The Tale Of Two Americas. Psych Central. Retrieved on July 22, 2019, from


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