Dear America, I Want a Divorce
My Dearest United States of America,
Although we've shared a long life and faced many joys and hardships together, I want a divorce. Our relationship over the last several years has changed and the cost to me is too great. The absence of any concern on your part is just the last straw. We were supposed to be in this together.
Of course I realize the faults are not all your's. I became complacent and lazy; maybe a little too fat. When asked for my opinion on critical matters, I tended to remain silent. As the years wore on I convinced myself my few opinions didn't matter anyway. But my deepest mistake was trusting that you would always be there for me.
Forgive me if my tone is angry. I am bitterly disappointed. I loved you like no other. I trusted you above all else. When I was a child, every day I placed my hand over my heart and I pledged myself to you. At every gathering I sang to you of my faithfulness. I've shed tears for those who loved you so dearly they died defending your honor. But you've gone cold and unresponsive.
You've become arrogant and irresponsible, U.S. I slaved long hours for a corporation who cared only about their bottom line and little about what I sacrificied in the way of family life and well-being so we could live the Dream. But while I toiled you were buying them drinks and cutting them deals to line your own pockets and satisfy your own insatiable ego. Your Dream no longer includes me.
Now that my hands are broken and useless, you've nonchalantly informed me I shouldn't rely on you for your future support. Yet every year you demand more and more from pay checks that are dwindling. Now my job is gone. Now I can't afford the mortgage on the home I worked so hard for. Now I can't find another job which will give me health benefits to repair my damaged body. Now I settle for half the wage and gut through the pain, too afraid to look at the future while you are busy in your own greed. Were you even aware of this?
Furthermore, as I toiled and raised your children to love and respect you, where were you? You were off in foreign lands, fighting battles that weren't even your's to fight while the quality of our lives slowly fell apart here. I am disgusted that you are so interested in everyone else's pleas and problems you can't see your own home is going to ruin. You throw our money around as if its an endless resource and then tell me there isn't enough for our needs. How is a person to stomach such behavior? How can I tell our children your great American Dream is just a ruse?
I could go on and on about all the broken promises, all the shattered rights which you promised were "inalienable" but I know its wasted breath. You care not for me or our children's futures. You will serve yourself and do as you wish. You have become a brute.
So yes, America, in summation I want a divorce if you cannot change your ways. If you refuse to turn your attentions toward this relationship that made you who you are, I want nothing more to do with you. You were once a shining star I was so deeply proud of, and I loved you so, but I have little hope. I just wish you were capable of understanding what its like facing life with you without any trust in you.
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