I am an American.
I owe you no apologies nor will I accept
those apologies made for me by others.
If you dislike me, you dislike me not for what I am, but for what you are not. By my own sweat I have created a lifestyle
which I desire for all men.
To the world I have shared my wealth and
given my blood, not because of obligation,
but by my free will. I have fed the hungry of the world…
Many have bit my hand;
I used the other hand.
I defeated my enemies in battle, then pulled them up from
the ashes of defeat. Once strong , they again attacked;
I turned the other cheek.
Though I am strong, I have never used my strength
to rule others. But do not misjudge me, I will not allow the fear of my own strength to become my weakness.
If you wish to rise, I will give you a helping hand…
But by the grace of God, and I’ll first be damned,
will I let you drag me down so that we may be equal.