Did you know that you do not have to be a US citizen to support, volunteer for, and campaign for the candidate of your choice? Get involved if you Are a Permanent Resident of this great country

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If you are like me, you have seen too many US elections to be bothered. But this is a new time in history. Everyone seems to be on pins and needles to see what it all ends well tomorrow. Obama and Hillary Clinton are competing over the Democratic vote, and today, a neighbor and friend of mine expressed my own fear. If something goes wrong, who will console all of these excited people who are hoping for an Obama win and what will happen if Hillary does not win?

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Here is a poem written by the great American writer, Stephen Crane in 1899. It’s sarcasm is essential even in our time as everyone waits for the political war to end so peace will again prevail.

War Is Kind
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Stephen Crane (1899)
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Do not weep, maiden, for war is kind,
Because your lover threw wild hands toward the sky
And the affrighted steed ran on alone,
Do not weep.
War is kind.
Hoarse, booming drums of the regiment,
Little souls who thirst for fight,
These men were born to drill and die.
The unexplained glory flies above them.
Great is the battle-god, great, and his kingdom–
A field where a thousand corpses lie.
Do not weep, babe, for war is kind.
Because your father tumbles in the yellow trenches,
Raged at his breast, gulped and died,
Do not weep.
War is kind.
Swift blazing flag of the regiment,
Eagle with crest of red and gold,
These men were born to drill and die.
Point for them the virtue of slaughter,
Make plain to them the excellence of killing
And a field where a thousand corpses lie.
Mother whose heart hung humble as a button
On the bright splendid shroud of your son,
Do not weep.
War is kind!
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