"The punishment no longer fits the crime"

Each day when I wake up and I set my best foot forward
I'll make an effort to be all that I can be.
I take a look around me and I wonder how things change so much
in the few short years since I was a young boy.

Do you know what we're fighting for?
I know in an instant I could lose everything I'm working toward.

I know I'll win my battles
though I fear we'll lose the war to the new American way.

The morals of this nation's youth have long gone astray lead by tolerance, indifference,
and this kinder gentler way that has corrupted and destroyed so many of our boys and girls
oh Lord I start to wonder will it ever come around?

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The New American Way Lyrics as written by Kenneth William Casey Alexander Martin Barr

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    General Commentno it's not about what's happening on a grand scale- it's about kids today and their refusal to stand up for themselves. it's not about racial tolerance at all. it's about not letting people walk all over you and run their mouths without doing something about it.
    nicksquireson March 01, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is about the downhill slide that can be seen in the youth of America. This song seems to contrast sharply with their song "Going Strong" which was released just a few years earlier.
    Madcappunkon April 15, 2003   Link
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    General Commenti agree and this is one of the best songs on slsp. its just so true. its just about how americans are loosing their values, and everything is getting shittier and shittier.
    basketcasedkmon February 09, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThe idea I got for this song comes from the album art and from the title. I see it as how we have gotten so liberal with our punishment of crimes that people are literaly getting away with murder just because they are part of a minority and the police cant do anything about it or they could endanger their own job. Because of the way things are headed, there wont be any justice for the people hurt by crime and the criminals will keep commiting the crimes.
    Dropkick_Roveron May 06, 2005   Link
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    General Comment68% of US prisoners are minorities, I don't think there's a problem locking up people because they are part of some minority.

    honestly, I don't know what to think of this song. If it is satirical, I missed it. If it's not, I can't really get behind a song that things "tolerance" and "kindness" are things to look down upon.
    bazmegon February 22, 2007   Link
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    General Commentnicksquires you got it right on that one, looking at american culture as a whole and how it's been tainted by so many things it's gotten hard to keep track of it. from the pop culture that's exposing our youth to so many negative influences we've tried for ages to protect them from, i could sit here for hours and ramble on about the youth today if i had an old man's free time. how'd i get so danm old at 25???
    lord decayon October 06, 2011   Link

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