How does America even function
most don’t know an interjection from a conjunction
I don’t know that much I confess
but most people I meet know even less

We tout our democracy
we fear our plutocracy
most don’t even know enough
to know that they don’t know

How can we move forward
how can we grow
in this nation
a wonderful creation
of learned men

they knew more than a thing or two
more than the earth is round, or the sky is blue
they knew the value of learning and reading
not just talking, and browsing, and speeding
they knew the value of education

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