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Dear America, I Want a Divorce

Updated on November 30, 2011

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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    • christalluna1124 profile image

      christalluna1124 4 years ago from Dallas Texas


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      Moon Lightened 6 years ago from Delhi, India

      Thank you for your comments. Its been a hope and dream for many years to see so many Americans stand up for what this country was founded to be and start to demand it back. I think if more and more people, regardless of which society they're living in, realize THEY are the true voice and power continue making their feelings known it can move mountains. I may not be in the US right now, and the tone of this piece may not be pretty, but I love my country and I only want to see it shine again.

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      Brian Burton 6 years ago

      Wow, very well written. I know many people that seem to feel exactly what you've written. Used and abused by corporations and our government. Very good. Liked, voted up, interesting, etc... Impressive.

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      This Old Guy 6 years ago from Somewhere in Ohio

      Frustration seems to be a continuing trend in today's society. However, we should work to make things better -- if not for us, then for our children and grandchildren.

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      Moon Lightened 6 years ago from Delhi, India

      Considering it's somewhat a "fictional" piece written from the perspective of the disgruntled, its going to appear myopic. However, I've heard these feelings expressed by many and have held some of them myself. Just puttin' it out there, so to speak. Thanks for the input!

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      lyns 6 years ago from USA

      Very interesting article, even though it has it's faults it's still one of the greatest countries with all of it's faults sometimes we feel like we won't a divorce from it but when we look at all the other countries and it's struggles, you have to wonder is the grass greener on the other side, great work, I voted interesting and gave it a thumbs up

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      My Esoteric 6 years ago from Keystone Heights, FL

      While not in 100% agreement with your feelings, I rated this awesome and beautiful. Thanks.