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Now I sit by – The subway station

Land mine – Blew my legs off

I ask for change – You turn your head and walk away

I was a kid once – I got forced into it

I couldn’t afford college – I didn’t have a deferment

They call it service – Dismemberment

They call it service – Amputation

Germany Panama Lebanon Korea Vietnam Philippines Iraw.. This time it’s
Bosnia

Favorable Statistics – And smiling confident Presidents

Couldn’t ever portray – An 18 year old

Cut in half

Never gonna walk again Never gonna run again

Never gonna Stand again

Land mine – Blew my legs off

I ask for change – You say to yourself just another alcoholic

Land mine – Blew my legs off

I got some change – I think I think I’ll drink it all away

I was a kid once – I got forced into it

I couldn’t afford college – I didn’t have a deferment

They call it service – Dismemberment

They call it service – Amputation

Germany Panama Lebanon Korea Vietnam Philippines Iraw.. This time it’s
Bosnia

Favorable Statistics – And smiling confident Presidents

Couldn’t ever portray – An 18 year old

Cut in half

Never gonna walk again Never gonna run again

Never gonna Stand again

Jail all the owners of the mainstream media for the crimes of violence
against humanity

Jail all the owners of the defense industry for the crimes of violence
against humanity

Jail all the presidents and senators and congressmen for the crimes of
violence against numanity

Jail Ted Turner, Ronald Reagan, George Bush, Henry Kissinger and Al Haig

For the crimes of violence against humanity

"One day I turned on CNN and saw a story about a man
named Martin Van Bigosh. He was a guy in the army who
was sent to Bosnia and had his legs destroyed by a land mine.
It got me to thinking about homeless people. See, in my
town there are at any given moment from 5-15 homeless,
physically disabled veterans. They usually seem to drink a
lot more than the rest of us. It’s probably unnecessary to
ask the question why.
That got me to thinking about the other "street people" I
met while I was on the street. A lot of families. A lot of
sexually/physically abused children. A lot of veterans. A lot of
battered women.
These people are a living, breathing, walking, talking testament
to the inhumanity of our society. They are proof that
we use boys to destroy others, countries with war and that
we don’t care if their lives are destroyed. We don’t care if
women and children are battered. We don’t care if kids grow
up in shelters. We don’t care enouhg to keep these people
housed.
This, in turn, got my to thinking about how being a homeless
person is becoming increasingly illegal in the majority of
American cities. To me ot seems like human beings are
becoming disposable once they have been wrecked by the
various inhumanities of our society. Instead of collectively
deciding to correct our faults we allow ourselves to be
conned into thinking everything is the fault of the homeless.
We are told they are responsible for people not shopping in
downtown areas anymore, rather than the fact that most
people don’t have extra money to spend anymore. We are
told that the meager government financial support of single
mothers is the leading cause of the deficit, rather than
the fact that the national debt is exactly the same as the
amount spend on nuclear weapons (that we never needed)
from the 1940′s to the present, 4 trillion dollars.
I was thinking that maybe there is a way, as a people, to not
be fooled into thinking that crime is when a person robs a 7-11
and start putting away the moterfuckers who create, uphold,
and run the machine that ruins life. Maybe there is
a way to use the tremendous wealth we currently create for
THEM and put it to the use of healing OUR racism misogyny,
homophobia, classism, alcoholism, addiction, physical and
sexual abuse, ecological irresponsibility and our spiritual
poverty."


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