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the fourth of july
another fourth of july
independence day
full of family and friends
cookouts, baseball and
apple pies
patriotic songs blaring in unison
with the booms of fireworks overhead
funny how independence day
has come to mean 
we all end up doing 
the same damn thing
god bless those who spent
their fourth of july
burning the flag
protesting in the streets
going into the airport
with guns cocked and loaded
they are the few
the proud
the ones that realize
the longer we swim in this
hole of conformity our government
has given us
the more we give them the chance
to do what they wish with our
freedom, our rights and more
importantly, our lives and the lives of others
or however the government is referring
to minorities and foreigners this week

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