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       Somewhere between midnight and a frightened century dawn
       I awoke from a fragile sleep, all my hopes aní dreams were gone
       Everything I once had in life Ďcept these few clothes on my back
       Lost somewhere between Saigon and a Skid Row mission tract

             They call me Joe American and I come from Dixie Land
             Played a little football abd worked hard with my hands
             Down here on 5th aní Julian the future donít look so bright
             Lord knows, sure could use a little down home comfort tonight

       A rebel son reborn on the wrong side of yesterday
       Decorated soldier abandoned on Living Hell Street LA
       Voices wonít let me rest and between memories recast
       Lie fragments of my Virginia home buried in a distant past

             They call me Joe American and I fought in the war
             Lost both legs aní my best friend, never questioned the reasons for
             But down here on 5th aní Julian the future donít look so bright
             Lord knows, sure could use a little down home comfort tonight

       So take this letter on up to D.C. from a relative of Robert E. Lee
       The family treeís alive in Dixie; ainít gonna let you turn your backs on me

             Yeah, the call me Joe American and I come from Dixie Land
             And I wrote this simple note, tryín to help ya'll understand
             You know, after the war they treated Lee and other veterans right
             Lord knows, sure could use a little down home comfort tonight
             Lord knows, sure could use a little down home comfort tonight * ** ***


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National Law Center On Homelessness and Poverty


What manner of nation would use half of the world's resources, harbor much of the world's wealth, contain a large percentageof the world's educated elite, continue to build some of the world's most expensive (and entirely worthless) religious edifices, provide unwarranted tax breaks for the extremely wealthy top 1% of the population and an entertainment industry which routinely spends over one hundred million dollars to create meaningless motion picture drivel, claim to have the preferred form of government for the entire planet and to stand for truth and justice. . . and yet look the other way as impoverished homeless war veterans, senior citizen's and children are forced to sleep in cardboard boxes, in back alleyways, under bridges, in city parks and on city sidewalks?  Will the country which Samuel Clemens referred to as the "land of bibles" go down in history as the one nation beyond all others, that devolved into an utter profane insult to the Creator of the universe?


*FootNote: Inspired by Orlando Ward of Midnight Mission, Los Angeles, California and Los Angeles Times reporter and friend of the forgotten children of Skid Row, Steve Lopez; dedicated to Operation Stand Down; Nashville, Tennessee.

**FootNote II:  "Look, this was the iniquity of your sister Sodom:  She and her daughter had pride, fullness of food and abundance of idleness; neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy." Ezekiel 16:49.  See also Fleeing Sodom for more details.

***FootNote III:  Many modern intellectuals and liberal activists do not believe that the Creator will come down hard on a nation that does not make a concerted effort to help the sick and poor.  People who vainly imagine that there is no Creator in control who does to nations as they do unto their own are even more insane than the current Bush Junior administration and the Christian Coalition combined (good luck).



           


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